Unfortunately, marriage is such a heavy financial burden that many couples avoid tying the knot altogether. In today's tough economic times, it's hard for couples to save this kind of money. Rather than saying "I do," they say "let's wait until next year." The good news is that you can significantly cut down on your wedding costs by using the following tips.
Budget Tip #1) Have an Off-Season Wedding
Arguably, one of the easiest ways to save money on a wedding is by choosing to have it during the off-season. There's no rule stating that you must get married on a beautiful summer or late spring day. Sure, this time of year will likely offer the best weather, but it's also the time of year when most other couples are looking to get married.
Getting married between the months of November and March will end up saving you tons of money on everything from the venue to service providers. When demand for services is low, prices drop as a result. This tip alone can literally save you thousands of dollars on your wedding costs.
Budget Tip #2) Avoid Late Evening Weddings
Having your wedding early in the day rather than late at night is another simple way to save money. How exactly does this save you money? If your wedding takes place during the daytime, you don't have to provide guests with full dinners during the reception. Along with entertainment, food and beverages are a major expense in planning a wedding. You can cut down on this cost by choosing a daytime as opposed to evening wedding.
It's still proper etiquette for couples to offer their guests food and beverages during the reception, but time of day dictates what types of food are okay to serve. Veggie trays, fruit, cheese and crackers and small sandwich bites are perfectly fine for early-to-mid day weddings.
Budget Tip #3) Shop Around
Rather than hiring the first photographer, caterer, musician or any other service provider that you come across in the phone book, take your time to call around and get multiple quotes. I recommend keeping a journal on hand and writing down information about each service provider you speak with.
When you are talking with a service provider, ask the following questions:
- How much do you charge?
- Do you require a deposit?
- Are you willing to follow a dress code?
- Do you have experience working with weddings?
- Are you available for my wedding date?