11 ways to save money planning your wedding

11 WAYS To Save Money PLANNING YOUR Wedding

So, you’ve dipped your toes into the wedding planning waters, crafted that perfect budget of yours, and dived headfirst into the world of vendors, venues, and catering options. And whoa, it’s a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? Those price tags can be a shocker, especially if this is your first rodeo. But guess what? I’m here to reassure you that you can totally make your dream celebration happen without maxing out your credit cards.

My mission? To guide couples like you, no matter your vision or budget, in pulling off the wedding of your dreams and still being able to afford vendors that you’ll regret going cheap on years down the track. So if you’re looking to save money, here are some simple ways you can cut costs and still get everything you’ve dreamed of. 


Pick vendors that you trust, not just the cheapest ones!

This isn’t a blog post about cheap vendors. Cheap vendors in the wedding industry are notorious for leaving you without photos, with wilted flowers, or even no food for your guests.

Quality, experience, and expertise equate to vendor costs. If you have high expectations make sure your budget reflects that.


1. Hire Local Wedding Vendors 

If you choose vendors located beyond your local area, you might find yourself footing the bill for their travel expenses. I mean, this is great if you really connect with a certain vendor that you can’t part with. But just consider the extra cost will be on top of the prices they normally quote. That’s why I suggest kicking off your search by exploring reliable local vendors. This will help you avoid unexpected fees that might not be part of your budget.

2. Start Shopping Early to Score Deals

Getting a jump start on your shopping, especially for your wedding day attire, is a wise move. Beyond just avoiding last-minute stress, it opens up the chance to score money-saving deals. With plenty of time on your side, you can perhaps discover unique pieces that resonate with your vision. Beyond finding the best prices, this early start gives you the chance to curate a look that truly reflects your style and personality. Don’t delay—begin your wedding shopping adventure early!

3. Cut down your Guest List

Creating a wedding guest list is not an easy task—and unfortunately, it’s one of the most important. But, for those looking to save money (and a lot of it), I highly recommend taking one more look at your list. Ask yourself this very important question: Is there anyone you feel obligated to invite? If the answer is “yes,” trim your guest list a little bit more. You and your partner need to agree here, this is extremely important and it’s a good idea to talk about this early, as I mention in my 9 tips for newly engaged couples. But consider this one carefully and you will save you a lot of money!

11 ways to save money planning your wedding

4. Bouquets don’t need to be huge

I’ve come across some truly stunning bouquets that strike the perfect balance between simplicity and elegance, all while being budget-friendly. Don’t hesitate to discuss with your florist the possibility of choosing individual stems instead of full bouquets. A skilled and creative florist can certainly craft some fantastic alternatives that both capture your vision and save you money.

5. Consider Rental Options for Your Wedding Day Attire

Instead of outright buying your wedding dress or your suit, check out some rental or second-hand options. You’d be surprised how many times I’ve marveled at a wedding gown and the bride tells me she got it secondhand, saving her thousands! Both online and physical stores exist, dedicated to helping couples save money. These establishments provide short-term rentals for wedding dresses, bridesmaid attire, suits, and even accessories. It’s a savvy approach to achieving the perfect look without the hefty price tag.

6. Choose a weekday wedding

Weekend wedding dates are usually what most couples go for, and you’ll notice it in the venue prices too. It’s no surprise that going for a weekday wedding can score you some serious savings. It’s not just unique, it’s a budget-friendly choice that gives you a bit more flexibility and room to breathe financially. Pro-tip, opting for a Thursday over a Monday makes more sense, your guests will likely take the Friday off too giving them an extra long weekend to look forward to and recover from your wedding shindig.

7. Create a Wedding website rather than physical invites

Short on budget for traditional paper invitations? No problem. Not keen on juggling physical RSVP cards in the mail? I get it. Have you considered a wedding website? These nifty online platforms consolidate all your event details in one spot—your wedding timeline, registry, and even a hassle-free RSVP option. You could create your own using WIX or Squarespace, or you could use a dedicated service like: Joy, Bliss & Bone, Say I do or Event Create

8. Wedding Cake Alternatives

There are plenty of options other than the traditional wedding cake, I see far too many guests having too much fun on the dance floor and the cake simply just goes to waste. Instead, look at opting for dessert alternatives like donuts, s’mores, or an ice cream bar, the options are endless. But don’t go overboard and just weigh up the cost. If getting that cake-cut photo is important to you, consider getting a much smaller cake for the photo op rather than one that will break the bank to feed your entire guest list.

9. Choose a Venue With Stunning Existing Features 

When venue hunting, it’s very important to find a space that has existing features you can incorporate into your overall wedding design and feel. With a good foundation, you’ll be able to cut down on the amount of decor you’ll need to purchase. Some of my favourite local Southern Highlands wedding venues that have some stunning features are Bendooley, Centennial Vineyards, and Montrose House just to name a few.

10. Ditch the 3-Course Meal for a Buffet

This might surprise you, but you don’t have to break the bank to treat your guests to a memorable and delicious 3-course meal at your wedding. Opting for a less formal, buffet-style menu can save you money on catering. Ask your venue or caterer if they have this option available.

11 ways to save money planning your wedding

11. Have a backyard wedding

The trend of backyard weddings is showing no signs of fading anytime soon. Opting for a backyard wedding at a family member’s or friend’s place is a significant budget-saver. By skipping venue costs, deposits, per-person fees, you’re making a substantial cut in your wedding expenses. However, keep in mind that while you might have to rent various items, D.I.Y weddings can put a bit more strain and stress on you if you don’t have help and you’ll need to be savvy, but the overall cost is typically outweighed by the hefty expense of a traditional venue.

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