The Art of Saving Money On Your Wedding (Must Know Tips and Tricks)
Congratulations! You just got engaged! You’ve been to all the engagement parties and celebrations and are super excited about your big day. But wait! How are we paying for this epic wedding especially on a budget? Don’t panic. Now is the time to focus and plan smart. We’ve put together a few tips to save you money but not skimp on having a fantastic wedding. Destress and keep reading!
Research the Internet
- The internet is your friend! You would be surprised what you and the internet can accomplish when planning for your wedding. It’s easy these days to do a simple search for wedding vendors, candy, venues, anything you might need for your big event. You will be awed by all the possible choices conveniently located on the web. Be sure to research all potential companies and check out their reviews. These reviews will tell you everything there is to know about a business from customer horror stories to where the company excelled in every regard. Look through the reviews for key information on their pricing and service. If you do this right, you will have all the information you need on the company before making that first call. Lastly, be sure to get at least 3 quotes from prospective vendors. This will help you find one that fits your budget. It’s also possible to price match! Let a vendor know you may have received a better deal somewhere else and you never know, they may drop their rate. ASK! It never hurts.
Ask for Referrals
- Can your family or friends help you plan and organize your wedding? Your best friend or your mom can be a huge help to you in planning and organizing your wedding on a budget. Put your heads together! Using someone you know as a helper will save thousands on a wedding planner or personal assistant. They can help you pick out the dress, give valuable financial advice, or may have connections for inexpensive venues or caterers. Reach out to family and friends for any recommendations on wedding vendors that could potentially give you a discount. If it’s an outside vendor, maybe they will give a referral discount or if it’s a family friend, maybe they will bake you that cake as a wedding gift to you.
- Once again, use the internet to save significant amounts of money. There are websites that allow couples to register, plan the wedding, and even invite guests. Sending out snail mail to 400 people can be pretty expensive and time consuming. Not only that, but waiting for that reply in the mail letting you know whether they will attend or not is also very time consuming. It might seem informal but email invites are becoming quite common, especially for ‘save the dates.’ This is not tacky nor is it expensive. Everyone is online these days. Various websites allow you to do this for virtually free and provide great templates and advice on how to make your big day perfect.
- Register! This is so fun to do with your fiancé and you would be surprised at how many people are excited to send you something or give you cash/check for your wedding gift. You will find that when you register, people will look to either send you something on your registry or a monetary gift in lieu of the items on your registry. There are a number of people who may not be able to attend but still would like to celebrate the new couple by sending a gift. You can use any monetary gifts towards your wedding.
Even those on a budget can create the wedding of their dreams. Research and plan ahead and you can create the most memorable day of your lives!
The author, Dane Kolbaba, is an owner at Denver Party Ride, a luxury transportation company located in Denver, Colorado. While specializing in weddings and other special life events, Denver Party Ride has lots of experience working with brides and grooms, wedding planners, DJ’s, officiants and other party vendors. They have become a trusted source for anything wedding related.
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