Congrats on your engagement! This is such an exciting time in your life and although we’re sure you want to get down to planning, it’s important to think about the budgeting aspect as well. While planning on a budget might cause some stress, your future self (and bank account) will thank you. Here are some tips to cut down on wedding costs without sacrificing your big day.
Utilize vendor referrals.If you’re working with a wedding planner, they’ll have their own list of preferred vendors and can usually give you a discount. Alternatively, another great way to know if you like a vendor is to see their work in action! Ask your fellow engaged or married friends to refer their vendors. When you contact them, be sure to let them know who referred you. You may get a referral discount and end up helping your friend out too!
Go paperless when you can!Cut down on paper and add all important details and events to your wedding website. Instead of using multiple enclosure cards that guests tend to misplace, keep guests up-to-date via your website with the hotel block, transportation, and any pre- or post-wedding activity information. Just make sure your invitation includes the ceremony and reception address. If you’d rather ditch the traditional invitation as well, check out designs on Paperless Post!
Save on the dress and suits.We know this is your special day and you want to look great, but you can still have the dress of your dreams without breaking the bank! If you prefer the traditional bridal salon experience, order your gown at least eight months in advance to avoid last minute fees and alterations.
You can also go off the beaten path and buy a dress from Rent The Runway, Pre Owned Wedding Dresses, or even department stores like Nordstrom Rack! You can also find great options for the bridal party as well. For men, The Black Tuxis also an amazing option to rent affordable tuxedos and suits.
Don’t forget to scout for discounts during your planning! Download coupon browser extensions like Centlywhich will automatically apply coupon codes to your purchases. Not only can you save on clothing, you can find discounts for travel and hotels too!