Many brides get in the middle of their wedding planning before realizing just how expensive it is. This can leave them scrimping and scraping to make sure they get everything they have dreamed of. Luckily, there are some pretty genius tips that will help all brides stick to their wedding budgets.
1. Cut People from the Guest List
A lot of brides feel they need to invite everyone they know to their wedding. If you want to really stick to your budget, cut your guest list down. Eliminate the people you don’t know that well, those you only talk to at work, and people you haven’t spoken to in more than a year.
2. Put Your Creativity to Use
Think about the things you’re good at and save money by doing projects on your own. Are you great at flower arranging? Perhaps you are super crafty and could easily make your own centerpieces. If you can take advantage of your creativity, you might be able to save some money.
3. Skip Hiring Certain Vendors
A DJ can cost several hundred dollars for just a few hours of music, but you can play your iPod for free. Determine which vendors you can live without and skip hiring them to save money in your wedding budget.
4. Ask for Sponsors
A little unconventional, this is a great way to save some money on your wedding. Caterers may want to sponsor your wedding so word of mouth travels about their food; a venue may want to host for free in order to offer a “sample” of what others can get if they book the venue for special events. It’s a great way to save money!
5. Ask for Discounts
One thing most brides don’t do is ask for discounts. Most vendors are more than willing to take a percentage off for various things. For instance, ask the bridal boutique for a discount if all of your bridesmaids purchase their dresses there. Don’t be afraid to ask if there are any discounts available! You’d be surprised how many vendors will offer at least a little savings.
By being pro-active about saving money, you can really stick to your budget and start off your marriage on the right foot!