We all know weddings are expensive and can cost a pretty penny. Today weddings on the average cost a couple in the United States $26,444. Couples typically spend between $19,833 and $33,055 but, most couples spend less than $10,000. So instead of going into debt for your wedding try to think of creative ways to save money.
- Bake your cake and treats– A simple way to cut cost for your wedding is to have a family member or friend make your wedding cake and desserts. The national average cost of wedding cakes and desserts in 2014 was $466, so why not cut the price in half by making your cake and treats without having to pay the price of “creativity” and “labor” that is added to your bill.
- Serve signature cocktails– By offering a fully stocked bar at your wedding you’ll likely be paying for alcohol
that will go to waste. To avoid the extra cost have signature Bride and Groom cocktails. Offering a signature cocktail is the perfect way for any couple to take customizing their big day a step further, and for the budget conscious it’s a great solution to trim costs without compromising experience.
- Keep your guest list small– Instead of inviting every person you have ever met or a family member you haven’t seen in ten years, try to set a concrete goal for the number of guests’ you want at the wedding. Also, it is okay to say “no” to those guests’ who wish to bring a plus one. The best way to keep your numbers low is to invite the number of people you can afford to host at your wedding and pray that half of them decline the invitation.
- Make your own bouquets-This will save you thousands! Another helpful tip is to use flowers in season. Buy your flowers from a local florist, an online wholesaler like “Blooms by the Box” or a grocery store. To make your own wedding bouquet Lynn Jawitz from Florisan has a great how-to-video to make your wedding bouquet as well as your bridesmaid bouquets. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3JgORHn81o
- Don’t have your wedding on a Saturday-Saturday is the most popular day to get married. But more and more couples are choosing off days, like Friday, Sunday, or even midweek days, for their weddings — and finding that being flexible about the day of the week can make a big dollar difference. By having your wedding on any other day than Saturday you could save thousands by not getting married on the most popular day.