Money-Saving Tips For Weddings | 7 Tricks To Lower Your Cost

Getting married is stressful before you even factor in the burden of cost. However, there is a way around the rising debt thanks to these seven tips!

Love is a wonderful thing, but when it comes to weddings, showing your affection for someone can be a one way ticket to the highway of debt. There’s nothing quite like starting out a new life with someone by adding a few suitcases overflowing with bills from your wedding.

There’s a few ways to avoid racking up more and more debt though, so don’t have a meltdown just yet. By practicing a few precautions, you can take on the challenge of marriage without following the trend of sinking over $40, 000 into your celebration.

Schedule Off-Season

Off-Season Wedding

Your off-season wedding does not have to be a joke.

When it comes to money saving tips for weddings, one of the best things you can do is keep an eye on your timing. Believe it or not, there is actually a wedding season so if you want to skip out on the big spending then try to organize your wedding in the off season. This may mean your wedding will be on the colder side of the spectrum, but when you enjoy the savings on your tropical honeymoon you’ll forget all about it. You should also try to plan your wedding on a Friday Night, Sunday or even a weekday. These days are usually under booked so you’ll get them at a better deal.

Buy In Season

In-season Centerpiece

Get in-season flowers for centerpieces that won’t break the bank.

Avoiding the wedding season isn’t the only seasonal item you should watch out for. In fact, the season will affect your entire décor, food choices and even your bouquet. Try to pick seasonal flowers which will be much cheaper and, let’s face it, they’ll most likely look better too. Seasonal foods are also a must as it’ll knock a lot of money off of your dining ticket. You can also use seasonal fruits as décor, especially when it comes to center pieces!

Keep It Simple

It’s pretty easy to plan out extravagant ideas when you’re not looking at the price tag, but when the numbers all add up you may be looking for a sick bag. Rather than going overboard on your wedding try to cut down a few things to make your credit card bill a bit lighter. When you get down to the brass tacks it may actually be a lot easier than you think.


To begin with, your venue choice is probably going to take up most of your budget. This is normal so don’t freak out yet. Choosing a venue is tough, but if you come across one that offers a package for the ceremony and reception then you’re doing amazing. It’s even better if they provide food, music and all the other little details you need for a successful night. Choosing only one venue for the ceremony and reception will allow for a more relaxed day too and guests won’t have to scurry from one place to another (and neither will you for that matter).


Wedding Cake

Your wedding cake doesn’t have to be as large as the Taj Mahal.

Food is a big deal too. From the cake to dinner service you’re looking at a hefty price tag here. However, you don’t have to go crazy with 5 different options for your guests. Instead, take it easy with 2 courses, or if it’s cheaper go the old fashioned buffet route. The same can be said about your cake. You don’t need several tiers with different flavors and designs that deserves to be displayed in a stuffy art museum. Instead, offer cupcakes, mini desserts or go the classic route with a one tier and one flavor cake.

The Guest List

Wedding Guest Book

There’s no rule that you have to fill your guest book.

Of course, one of the biggest things you can do to keep it simple is cut the wedding guests list down! It may feel terrible cutting that cousin you met once when you were 3 from the list, but hey, sacrifices must be made. With a shorter list you don’t have to order as much food, you can go for a smaller venue and you won’t have to keep a hoard of people entertained for hours.


There’s a lot of components to a wedding that can be taken care of without spending a fortune by doing it yourself. DIY à la Pinterest provides you with an abundance of money saving tips for weddings in a wide variety of categories. Wedding invitations, thank you messages, bouquets and center pieces can all be done easily on your own. You can even rope in friends and family for these items. Honestly, I have no clue why anyone would go any other route.

Who Do You Know?

If you’re strapped for cash, think about what skills your friends and family have. Do you have friends who are professional musicians, or photographers? Do you know someone in culinary or baking school? See if they’ll give you good deals. Maybe you know someone who is good with makeup or hair.

If you don’t know anyone, check out a student’s work to see if you can get a good price on someone who really needs the experience to push forward in their career. Keywords, professional and good. Make sure the people you ask will be able to pull off your wedding without a glitch, or be sure that you’re okay if the band is just mediocre.

Planning a wedding doesn’t mean you have to watch your money fly right out of your pocket. With these tips you can cut out much of the costs and still have the wedding of your dreams.

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