Have you noticed that once a proposal is accepted, the questions that follow get more complicated? You have to say “yes” to a dress and then you have to answer “How do we pay for the day?” One day at a time, right? Well, let’s start with the obvious. After you whittle down your guest list, look at the two largest expenses – the venue and the menu. Many couples are now opting for a more reasonable financial approach. Here are some cost saving tips to consider:
- Rent a house or lodge for the wedding. This works well for destination wedding.
- A place where the wedding and the reception can both be accommodated. You will save on transportation costs.
- A hotel which offers a package deal (food, decorations, hotel accommodations etc..)
- Get married on a dock and then host a dinner cruise.
- Get married at home, at a friend’s home or a place that has a special meaning to you.
- Consider getting married on campus.
- Find a venue that does not require you to use their vendors.
- Municipal parks, historic churches and beaches can be good options. Your favorite restaurant might accommodate you as well.
- Have a brunch
- Have a themed menu (jazz night club scene where they serve salad, chicken and waffles)
- DIY platters of salad and veggies and purchased meat dishes for a backyard wedding.
- Consider renting food trucks.
- Ask to substitute cheaper cuts of meat in the menu.
- Have a barbeque.
- Buffet style can usually be more cost-effective than formal, sit-down service, saving approximately 20 to 30%.
- Have dessert or hors d’oeuvres only.
- Offer a baked potato bar. Provide a large variety of toppings.
- Just have a cocktail reception with cake.
- Add an ‘action stations’ where people can watch while they cook.
Look for our next article on wedding confections entitled “Let Them Eat Cake?”
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