It’s not necessary to go extreme when planning a wedding. Sometimes it’s enough just to find alternatives so you don’t overspend. Remember, the desire to save and manage your budget can be easy. You just need to know what you can save the most on. Here are 8 super easy ways to save money on your wedding!
What is the average cost of a wedding in 2021?
The average cost for a wedding in 2021 is around $29,000. This number is also expected to grow slightly as the world gets back to “normal”.
What does a wedding budget include?
Your wedding budget will include anything and everything that you’ll need for your own wedding (of course! Lol!).
- Rental Items (ex. chairs, tables, dinnerware, etc.)
- Hair & Makeup
- Wedding Planner
- Gifts For Guests
How To Save Money Fast For A Wedding
Have a wedding coming up super soon? Want to know how to save money fast for a wedding?
The first thing you’ll need to do when saving money for your wedding is to create your ideal budget.
This will be based on when you want to hold your wedding, and how much you can realistically save each month to reach that goal. Also, make sure to add in gift money or money from parents and loved ones if they plan on pitching in.
From there, you’ll want to put aside the money you planned for each month. And, be sure to keep it in a separate account that’s harder to dip into, so you aren’t spending it by accident.
How To Pay For A Wedding With No Money
Now, how do you pay for a wedding if you don’t have the money to?
Well, the first option would be to put the wedding off until you could afford it, and save a little money each month or year.
But, you can also get married in court, and just throw a reception after. That way, you aren’t paying for both, but still get to enjoy the day with your loved ones and spouse.
Want a big bash?? Don’t have a ton of dollars? Then you’re probably wondering how to save money on a big wedding (so you can have your cake and eat it too! Sorry…I couldn’t resist! Lol!)
Not everyone wants a small wedding. When it comes to throwing a bigger wedding, there are so many different ways to save money.
But the top way is to pick a location that best suits your needs and budget.
For example, some venues cater, offer you a wedding planner, and have all of the items you’ll need in your wedding (minus decor), for one inclusive price. If you look at these items separately, it may be more feasible to book an all-in-one venue.
Of course, a bigger wedding will usually cost more than a smaller one. But, if you have lots of friends and family that you have to have at your wedding, this could help you save thousands.
How To Save Money On A Backyard Wedding
I’ve had plenty of friends that have gotten married on a tight budget, but had beautiful weddings! They figured out the art of how to save money on a backyard wedding!
Honestly, backyard weddings can save you thousands just by hosting them in a backyard! However, keep in mind that if you include rental items, outside catering, and more, the costs can add up.
When it comes to a backyard wedding, try to have it during the best time of the year. It’s cheaper to just rent chairs and tables than tents and other weatherproof items.
And, be sure that even if the venue is free, that you thank the person hosting or allowing you to borrow the yard. While you may not need to pay them, a thank you card and small gift can go a long way.
How do you spend the least amount of money on a wedding?
Yes, weddings are important and you want to treat them as such, but there is no correlation between the amount of money spent on a wedding and your level of happiness years later.
If you love each other and both agree on what you want to do with your wedding, then go for it!
So how do you spend the least amount of money on a wedding?
This will depend on what you consider the “least” amount of money.
Some people don’t want to spend more than $1,000.
Some are comfortable with a budget of $5,000.
However, the key to spending under your own personal budget will be negotiating with vendors and choosing what you can live without.
Now let’s talk about the 8 ways you can actually cut costs from your wedding budget!
Below are many tips on how to save money on wedding costs! Choose the best options for you and run with them!
Save On Wedding Invitations
Professional designers or calligraphers may offer a special touch to your invitations, but those costs can add up. And, if you don’t plan on anyone keeping the invitations, that hard work will go to waste.
Instead, ask a designer friend to create an invitation template or buy one online. That way you can customize the invites and print them on your own. And, if you’re not opposed to it, you can also send invites virtually (which can also help you keep track of RSVPs!).
Get Affordable Wedding Outfits
A designer dress may be a top dream of many brides. But is there any point in spending a fortune on a dress that you will most likely only wear once? Unless you plan to pass it on, or donate it for a good cause, it may not be worth the thousands of dollars that you could spend.
If your answer is “no,” here are some affordable wedding dress options:
- Wait for a sale or take a closer look at the outfits of previous collections. These are usually sold at great discounts and are similar to new designs.
- Rent a dress. Then you can afford a gorgeous wedding dress for a low price, and you won’t have to think about what to do with it after the celebration.
- Give up special wedding dresses in favor of a romantic white dress bought in a regular store.
- Go for a different color, like black, red, or gold. These are usually sold in stores for a smaller cost because they don’t have the “wedding gown” premium.
While things are simpler with the groom’s suit: as a rule, there are affordable options of high-quality classic suits that can also be worn after the wedding.
You don’t need expensive rings to show your love. Instead of a platinum ring with a large diamond, choose a classic ring, like a thin but elegant piece of jewelry with small stones, or other wedding ring alternatives. And remember, you can always upgrade your rings later on (if you want).
Focus On Food Costs
- Should you serve a plated dinner, or have a buffet?
- Lunch or dinner?
- Should you serve appetizers before the actual meal?
There are so many questions that you may have when trying to decide what and how to feed your guests.
The first thing that you could do is serve your food from your favorite place. You may be able to negotiate catering costs if you’re a regular and decent customer. Just remember to ask your venue if you can bring in outside food.
You could also bring your own fruits, snacks, or cake since those typically have the largest markups. I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re not good in the kitchen, since the cake is one of the most important parts of a reception.
You could also do a small cake with cupcakes, or offer cold appetizers that you pick up from your local grocery store.
It is also important to be smart about how much food you make. If you don’t take the taste preferences of guests into account or order too many dishes, then the food may be wasted at the end of the night.
You don’t need a huge dancefloor, a soap or smoke machine, or an orchestra. But, it is important to choose your entertainment wisely.
- Can you hire an affordable DJ on a site like Thumbtack?
- Do you need to hire a host?
- Can you hire a local band that’s affordable and good?
No matter what you choose, it’s essential to decide what you truly want at your wedding. If your families don’t dance, there’s no point in having hours of music from a DJ!
Flowers can really add up, especially if they’re real, out of season, or if you require a bunch of bouquets and decorations.
Instead, try decorating the tables with fresh flower petals (that are in season), and opt for fake flowers in your bouquet. And that way, you can also keep yours forever if you desire.
How To Save Money On Wedding Photography
Your wedding only lasts for one day, and you won’t be able to return to the joyful event to feel the same emotions again. But it’s possible to capture them in photos and videos. This is actually one of the few areas that you shouldn’t skimp on. While you shouldn’t skimp on a photographer, you can save money post picture taking.
For example, you could pay a monthly fee for photoshop and edit your own photos. Or, you could find a photography student that wants to specialize in weddings to take your pictures and edit them.
Filming is also an expensive option. But answer yourself the question of “Do you really need a semi-official video of your wedding?” Ask your friends to film wedding moments, then cut the funniest or most touching moments and merge them with transitions using video editing software by InVideo or Movavi.
Save On Decor
If you’re celebrating your wedding in the backyard or at a venue that doesn’t offer other items outside of the room, rent the items you need vs. buy them. You shouldn’t spend a fortune on impractical purchases like chairs and tables that you won’t need later.
But try to buy the decor – candles, flowers in pots, pillows – that will be useful to you after the wedding. This could kill two birds with one stone and give you decor items that are multipurpose.
How can I save more money on my wedding?
You’ve likely found a few areas to save in your quest so far, but you’re still asking yourself, “How can I save more money on my wedding?”
There are so many other ways to save money! Let’s talk about a few of them.
- Collaborate with young professionals. From performers to photographers, there are many side hustlers and newbies that are itching to prove themselves. Of course, don’t ask for freebies in exchange for “exposure”, but you could save money this way! Also, always ask for references.
- As a rule, after the new year, everything becomes more expensive. This also applies to the wedding industry. In this regard, it is better to conclude contracts before January.
- Create your own playlist so you can save on DJ costs.
- Look for the best person in your budget, not the cheapest! Cheap doesn’t always mean good.
How To Save Money On Your Wedding Day
Saving money on your wedding is possible. You don’t need lot of money or an unlimited budget. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help or try out-of-the-box solutions. A more affordable wedding is within your reach!
Did this post do it for you? Did you find more ways to save money on your wedding? Tell us in the comments below! And if you have more tips, tell mention those too!!
AUTHOR Kimberly Studdard
Kim Studdard is a strategy consultant and course launching expert. When she isn't spending time with her daughter and husband, or crying over This Is Us, you'll find her teaching other mompreneurs how to scale their business without scaling their workload.