For most people, a wedding is one of the most expensive things they will ever do – but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together a list of easy ways to save big for your big day. Here’s what you’ll need to know about getting started.
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Book your wedding on a Friday or Sunday. Saturday is the most popular day for nuptials, but you can save big on your venue cost by having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday. You can also save on other costs, like DJs, photographers, videographers, and rentals.
Plan your day for right before the start of peak wedding season. If you have a particular venue in mind, check to see when their off season ends and when their peak season starts. Most venues’ peak seasons start in April or May, so choose a date where you can benefit from nice weather and discounted rates. Tip: Try to avoid booking your wedding on a holiday weekend, as most venues have increased holiday pricing.
Try to narrow down your guest list. The size of your guest list directly affects how much you will pay for a lot of the expenses involved. Limiting the number of people you invite can dramatically decrease how much you pay for catering, rentals, favors, etc.
Determine what is – and what’s not – most important to you. Sit down with your fiance and make a list of the things that matter. You can easily eliminate costs by taking the time to figure out what you really want for your special day.
Take your time! Book your wedding for two years out. This way, you can lock in the current rate for caterers and venues, who often increase their prices each year. You will also have two years worth of savings, birthdays, holidays, and tax returns under your belt, which will make paying for things easier and less stressful.
Have any other tips for getting started? Be sure to let us know in the comments!