One of the most joyous days of your life can also be one of the most stressful. Weddings are usually a time when people are on edge. Everyone wants everything to go off smoothly, and even with the best of intentions they rarely do. If you are concerned about the costs of enjoying wedded bliss, consider some of these tips for how to save money on a wedding.
Day: Very often everyone who gets married wants to have a wedding on Saturday in May, June or July. Of course that would be nice, but this is when wedding services and venues are going to be at peak demand. Why not set your wedding up a little differently? If the spring or summer is your preferred time of year, why not try to have your wedding on a weekday? If you are open to another time of the year, why not plan your wedding for mid-winter? Post-holiday season is a great time to host a wedding. Or, host an autumn wedding amongst the backdrop of beautiful fall colours.
Venue: While you may want to have your wedding in an extravagant venue; that may not be in your budget. One way to save money on a wedding is to change your focus. Perhaps your wedding venue could be changed to a favorite restaurant or tavern that you and your future spouse frequent. Or, perhaps a family member has the perfect property to host an outdoor wedding. If you plan it out well, having an alternate wedding venue can really make a lot of sense and offer big savings.
Partner: Another strategy for saving money on your wedding can be to partner with your vendors. Maybe you’re a graphic designer or website creator; approach your DJ, photographer, wedding venue and others about working on some kind of a barter system so that you can get a preferred rate. You will get the quality you want and you will do it at a potentially steep discount.
Elope: If your family can stand it, consider an elopement! While this isn’t really a means for how to save money on a wedding (because you wouldn’t be having one) it is a great cost savings, so it’s something worth looking into.
Perhaps the best way to save money on a wedding is to throw out your traditional ideas about what a wedding is. If you open yourself up to the possibility of what your wedding could be, you’re halfway there! Are you saving up for your big day? Contact CCSAC to learn how to budget and save towards your goal.