2-in-1A major money saver that people don’t tend to think about is having your reception and ceremony in the same place. If you book the same venue for both, not only do you not have to worry about paying two separate places, but you don’t have to worry about transportation costs. Additionally, if you book a single venue not only will it probably be less expensive overall but they may give you a discount for staying with them.
ThursdayNow, this is something that I didn’t know about until I met up with my specific venue. Most people want their weddings to be on either a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday; and since these are the most popular days for weddings these are going to be the most expensive days to rent space. If you pick a weekday/night, like Thursday for example, you will most likely either get extra features included in your package, a discount (mine was several thousand dollars), or both. Sure, it’s a weeknight but it saves you money that you can put towards having the other details you wanted.
Garage SalesI am completely aware that there are some of you who see the words “garage sale” and check out. Especially when being applied to your special day, however you can find some real gems at garage sales. I know that recently mason jars have been in style and doing minimal research I found that you can purchase 10 or so jars for about $8 or more. Mason jars are very versatile and useful in weddings, you can use them as candle holders, flower vases, and so much more. But depending on what you want to use them for and how many you need, that $8 can multiply quickly. My mother, who has been helping me plan and collect decorations, stumbled upon some vintage glass bottles that were approximately mason jar sized and ended up walking away with 42 of them, having only paid $2 for the whole lot. Needless to say, it was quite the steal! Another example of one of my mother’s garage sale wedding hauls was a pack of about 12 little chalkboards that we are now going to use for the table number signs and if I remember correctly I believe she only paid $1 for them. My dad has a saying, “Other than underwear, food, and medicine, you can find anything you need at a garage sale.”
Buying LocalWhen I was talking to other friends and family about the general costs of different parts of the wedding a general consensus was that flowers were going to cost me between $1000 and $2000, so I should prepare myself for that. Fully prepared to face prices like that I did my research and found a local lady (Joyful Expressions by Jill) who had been doing wedding flowers for a few years at amazing prices ever since she did the flowers for her daughter’s wedding. I got all my flowers for myself, my family, and the wedding party for just over $300. Lesson being, buying local not only supports smaller businesses (which is always great), but it will be unique and not just like everyone else’s wedding you’ve ever been to and it will also be less expensive.
Smaller ArtistsYou don’t need to go to retail stores for your decorations or wedding necessities. If you want personalized champagne flutes, you don’t have to go to Things Remembered and pay $50 to $100. You can go to websites that are a platform for smaller artists and craftsmen such as ArtFire. Chances are you will be able to find something that you like and want to use for a fraction of the cost, while at the same time supporting smaller businesses.
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