Wedding 101: Cutting Costs

Cutting costs. It’s a phrase that I hear a lot. I cringe every time I hear it, because it never results in something extremely good. However, brides are constantly having to cut costs in order to best accommodate their budget. So here a few ways to efficiently cut costs that won’t totally take away from your wedding.

– Guest count. Just about EVERYTHING for your wedding is directly correlated to your number guests.

100 guests= 10 tables= 10 linens= 10 centerpieces= 100 meals= open bar for 100 people for X number of hours. Lower that number of guests, and you lower all of those numbers, cutting out hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars.

Don’t have much to spend? Just have a wedding with 50 of your closest family and friends. A little ceremony in a park, and a reception in a restaurant or someone’s backyard. You can still make it nice. And then have a celebration party for everyone else later on, and they won’t be expecting everything that they expect with a wedding.

– Spending. You don’t need to go to a craft store as soon as you’re engaged and buy everything that you think you might possibly need. It’s amazing how all of that adds up. You can rent just about everything big that you’ll need. Wait until you’re closer to the wedding to buy things that you’ll need. And even then, reconsider.

– Centerpieces. As much as I hate to say this, the truth is, flowers cost a lot. It’s mostly because you really can’t get discounted flowers- they cost what they cost. And let’s face it- centerpieces are a HUGE part of a wedding. If you can’t cut down on guests, do half large centerpieces and half small centerpieces. Or even switch to all small centerpieces- if they’re done right, they’ll still be beautiful. Those are always great cost cutting maneuvers. You could even do candle centerpieces made of pretty pillar candles and votives. But please- I beg you- no mirrors!

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