Your wedding is a special day, but if you're covering some or all of the costs, you don't want to start your marriage paying off debt you rack up for the event. Spend less by figuring out what will make the day special to you and dispensing with the rest.
- TIP: Save on your flower expenses by creating non-flower based centerpieces. You can use simple candles, or you can make your own to tie into your wedding's theme.
- Step 1: Stay in the same place for both the ceremony and reception. This will cut costs when it comes to paying people, like photographers, by the hour. And remember, the details aren't what matters. The day is about celebrating your love as a couple. That's what everyone will never forget!
- FACT: Brides in Ireland often carry a porcelain horseshoe as a symbol of good luck.
- Step 2: Pick a different flower that has the same look but costs less instead of going for popular, expensive choices. Make sure your flower selections are in season -- you don't want to have to pay for premium hot house flowers.
- Step 3: Pick your priorities. If you want the best food you can get, then get less expensive flowers, for instance. If you have to have a dream dress, consider a less expensive cake.
- TIP: Saturday is the most costly day to have a wedding. Try another day of the week.
- Step 4: Shorten the guest list. You might disappoint a few people, but extra people mean extra money, and the fewer people who attend, the fewer you have to feed. Likewise, a small wedding party can mean fewer expenses.
- Step 5: Opt for a non-peak season. Everyone is clamoring for a June wedding, so why not try January or February? The weather might be cold but you'll save money on your venue.