6 Smart Ways to Trim Your Wedding Budget

If you are ready to tie the knot but are on a very limited wedding budget, then don’t worry. Being on a limited budget doesn’t mean that you and your groom can’t have a beautiful celebration.  Here are some great ways to trim down your wedding budget without sacrificing the wedding of your dreams:

1) Get married during an off-peak month.

The summer months are extremely popular for weddings because of the perfect weather for outdoor ceremonies. Getting married during this time of the year means higher quotes from vendors and you’ll have to adjust to their availability as well. One way to trim down your wedding budget is by choosing to hold your wedding during an off-peak time of the year. You’ll not only get better rates, but you’ll have a lot more options to choose from, too!

2) Don’t have a Saturday night dinner.

A Saturday night sit-down dinner is the most popular day and time for a wedding reception, but it is also the most expensive. Opt to switch to a Saturday morning brunch or lunch, or even a Friday night dinner, and you’ll save a considerable amount of money. If you choose to hold your reception during the daytime, you’re also likely to spend a lot less on alcohol.

3) Keep the guest list short.

Creating (and finalizing) the wedding guest list is one of the most difficult tasks that a couple on a budget needs to do. Many couples invite guests they don’t know or like, just because they feel obliged to.  As tempting as it may seem to invite everyone from childhood friends to your entire department at the office, you need to realize that your costs will add up very quickly. The cost of your invitations, meals and giveaways are very much dependent on the number of people on your guest list.

4) Prepare your own music.

Who says you need a live band to throw a great wedding reception? Think about creating your own mix of your favorite tunes and compile them on a few CDs. Don’t forget to choose songs for specific parts of the celebration, such as your first dance and cutting the cake. If you’ve got a friend or family member who is a music lover, then ask them to be your DJ for the night.

5) Skip the fancy car.

It may seem fun to rent a limo or another fancy car for the day, but doing so can get pretty expensive since most car rental companies charge by the hour. One great way to trim down the wedding budget is by borrowing a nice car from a relative or friend, or even using your own vehicle. The cost of decorating your car will be a fraction of the cost of having to rent one.

6) Create your own floral arrangements.

The cost of centerpieces and floral arrangements is often one of the largest parts of the wedding budget but you can save a tremendous amount by creating some or all of them yourself. You don’t even have to be very crafty,  just search the Internet for ideas for wedding favors or table arrangements that are simple enough for you to make, or you can save a bundle by investing just a little in a book like “50 Wedding Projects” that gives you illustrated steps to make everything from centerpieces and bouquets to veils and hair ornaments.

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