6 Go-To Ways to Save Money on a Wedding

“Looking to shrink your budget? These are the top ways to save money on a wedding, without sacrificing style.”

It’s no secret that weddings are incredibly expensive. So when it’s your turn to walk down the aisle, you may want to think outside the box to come up with creative ways to save money on your wedding. These tips will help you stick to your budget without sacrificing your wedding’s style or your guests’ experience.

Here, we’re bringing you six ways to save money on a wedding to help you stay within budget!

Choose dress styles you love, and find ways to save.

One of the first expenses you’ll likely bump up against is your wedding dress. After all, who doesn’t want to hit the bridal shops the moment that ring is on their finger? It’s a great idea to try on a bunch of dresses to get a sense for what you like, but there are a few key ways to save money on your wedding dress. First off, skip dresses with lots of custom or hand-sewn adornments; these gowns often come with a hefty price tag. Your options? Stick with a simpler dress without lots of decorations, or find one with minimal decorations displayed prominently, like at the neckline. Finally, if you’re in love with a particular dress but it’s out of your price range, look for a dress in a similar cut or with similar designs by a less expensive designer. With a little sleuthing, you can find your perfect gown at a price that works for you!

Have a micro wedding.

And speaking of your guest list, if you’re looking for a way to really splash out without breaking the bank, consider a micro wedding! Keeping your guest list super small allows you to spend more per head and still have a lavish affair if that’s what you’re dreaming of. It’ll be tough to trim down that guest list, we know, but think of the wonderful, intimate wedding you could have.

Work with your caterer to find ways to save.

If your local reception hotspot comes with its own catering service, you can kill two birds with one stone, but be sure to think outside the box and ask lots of questions to ensure you end up with a menu that works for your budget. One great way to save on wedding catering costs is to ask your caterer to prepare simpler fare, like BBQ fare with lots of yummy sauces and sides, or a taco or baked potato bar with tons of toppings to choose from. Also, we advise you to offer dinner only to a few close friends and relatives.
And of course, watch out for hidden costs, like extra table linens, disposable goods like tongs, paper towels and trash bags—go over your catering contract with a fine-tooth comb and don’t be afraid to ask whether you’ll be charged for those. After all, those little hidden fees can really add up!

Streamline your beverages.

Similar to the above, don’t feel like you have to have a top-shelf bar at your wedding—you definitely don’t! This is one of the easiest ways to save money on your wedding. Having a limited selection of beer and wine is perfectly acceptable for your reception, and let’s face it—it’s safer for your guests too, if they’ll be driving home from your venue. Just be sure to go over things like corkage fees with your caterer (if they’ll be providing the alcohol) in advance, so there aren’t any surprise charges.

Save on flowers.

Flowers are an essential part of just about every wedding. But they can really add up! Most estimates indicate that flowers alone take up a whopping 8 percent of your total wedding expenses. The good news? There are lots of ways to save money on wedding flowers without having a bare-bones wedding. Once you’ve nailed down the color scheme for your wedding, sit down with your florist and draw up a plan. Let him or her know you’re on a tight budget and see what they come up with. Then, consider mixing florals with less-expensive greenery, or combining expensive blooms with more affordable ones to add bulk and visual interest to your arrangements. And remember—it’s your wedding, so if you want to go big in one area while cutting back on another, you can totally do that!

Skip the bridesmaid bouquets.

In keeping with the above, save money on your wedding flowers by getting a little creative with your bridesmaids bouquets. Especially if you have a large wedding party, you’ll shell out a huge chunk of change to have them carry extravagant bundles of blooms down the aisle. Some great options to consider are beautiful illuminated lanterns or candles (safely, of course!) or a single flower or small nosegay. If you’ll be ordering your bridesmaids bouquets from your florist, though, be sure to pick their dresses first (or at least the color). You could be charged extra if you change your mind and need your florist to revamp their bouquets.