Your big day is finally approaching, and you want to make sure that you can afford it.
As you begin to plan, you may find that you are beginning to feel slightly overwhelmed.
Don’t worry! As times have changed and weddings have evolved, so have ways to cut corners and save money that you may not have, or that you’d rather spend somewhere else (like the honeymoon!).
So while you’re still in the planning stages, consider these 5 easy ways to save on your special day:
Save the dates and invites – With the advent of desktop publishing and access to the internet for the world at large, it is easier than ever to make your own invitations.
Visit a stationary store and see if they have specialized paper so you can print your own invitations at home.
With your save the date cards especially, you can email them or utilize a social networking site.
Cut down your guest list – This will be tough, but worth it in the end, especially when you begin to realize that every name on the list means another invitation and save the date card to send, more food to pay for, more party favors, drinks, and chairs to sit on.
You really can just invite immediate family, but be consistent, and don’t make exceptions, otherwise you may wind up with a lot of hurt feelings.
A good way to look at it is to consider inviting only as many people as you could spend a minute with.
Two hundred people mean spending over three hours with them … before the ceremony! And don’t let people pressure you into inviting them, especially from work.
Cut back on the bar – You can save a ton of money by eliminating the bar altogether, or by simply reducing it. You might also consider having a beer and wine bar only. Do a little research and see if you can provide your own alcohol.
You might be able to find a volunteer to pour or pay an acquaintance, which will still save you more money than if you brought in a catering company.
Scout for locations – Hunting for the perfect place can be a nightmare (just try scouting for wedding locations in San Diego during the spring and early summer!).
You may want to consider asking to stage the ceremony or reception at a private place belonging to a friend or family member, especially if they have a nice big backyard or a cabin in the woods.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Do you have a friend who is a wonderful photographer? How about someone who DJs on the side?
Can your favorite aunt help with the cake?
Don’t hesitate to ask your close friends and family to employ their talents on your behalf, especially if they are well-spoken, imaginative, musically inclined, specialize in crafts and décor, or are a wiz in the kitchen.
Usually, they will be honored to be included in the planning and presentation of your wedding.
So these are the 5 tips to save money on your wedding that is forthcoming.