Planning Your Wedding On A Budget? Tips To Keep The Elegance Without Breaking The Bank
It’s no secret that weddings can be overwhelmingly expensive. In fact, a recent report shows that couples are spending an average of $30,000 on their wedding. If you want to enjoy the luxury and indulgence without paying a year’s salary to do it, there are options. Here are some tips to help you cut the costs but not the elegance of your wedding reception.
Don’t Let Guest Guilt Overwhelm the List
One of the biggest sources of high cost for wedding receptions is a large guest list. The more people that you invite, the more expensive your reception meals and bar service will be. In addition, a larger guest list requires a larger wedding cake.
Even if your intentions are good and you start out with a plan to keep your guest list small, it can grow rapidly. Sometimes, you fall victim to the belief that you have to invite distant relatives, co-workers and others out of a sense of obligation. Remember that it is your day, and you have the right to plan an intimate event with just your close friends and family.
If you feel like your guest list is getting out of control, take a few minutes to review it objectively. Think about the people who are closest to you and those that you can’t imagine your wedding day without. Do this as soon as possible, though, because once the invitations go out, your guest list is locked in.
Use Vendor Cards for Your Place Cards
Some wedding service providers, such as caterers, photographers, musicians and florists, will offer you a reduced rate in exchange for the distribution of vendor cards. These cards, typically printed on the back of the place cards, include a list of the vendors that provided your wedding day services.
These cards are not a blatant marketing tool, but instead a subtle identification of the companies that you have worked with. By providing these company names, you increase the possibility that these businesses may receive referral business from you.
Talk to the Local College
One of the best ways to provide a complete sit-down service with elegant decorations at your reception is to reach out to the local college. If your local university provides culinary services and other similar career programs, you may be able to work with graduate-level students who can provide your wedding services at a fraction of the cost.
Your wedding day is a day that you will never forget, no matter how the meal plans, entertainment or flowers turn out. Remember that the goal of the day is to celebrate your marriage and your commitment to a new life together. Gather your friends and family, and consider these tips to help you make it more affordable.