Wedding Tips / BudgetingMarch 1, 2014
On top of all the little ways to save, there are a few big places you can’t afford to miss as you plan your big day. Here are top savvy saving suggestions courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings that’ll leave some money in your nest egg.
THE VENUE Choose a spot that can accommodate both your ceremony and reception to save money on rental fees, décor, and guest transportation. And though bare lofts are lovely, they take a lot of rentals to become wedding-ready. Sites that host weddings usually have chairs, tables, bars, and even linens and food built into the price.
YOUR DATE Every location has an off-season, and when you get married during it, you can negotiate deals. The day of the week matters, too—Thursday, Friday, and Sunday weddings cost less than those on Saturdays.
FOOD AND DRINK Serve the meal family-style to cut down on waste. And rethink wine and beer only: A bottle of wine contains five drinks; a liter of vodka holds 25. If possible, buy your own booze. You may pay a corkage fee, but it’s still usually the less expensive option.
FLOWERS Buy once, use twice. The same blooms that decorate your ceremony can be repurposed as décor for the reception. For the best prices, focus on varieties that are in season, like tulips in the spring or amaryllis in the winter.
HONEYMOON It’s never proper to ask for money, but you can request help with a trip through sites like honeyfund.com. (If you have a traditional registry and wind up not receiving everything on it, check in with your stores—many will offer to sell you the remaining items at a discount.) For more ideas on how to budget for your wedding visit Martha Stewart Weddings. Contact us for information on how to add affordable DJ & Lighting services to your Wedding.