15 ways to cut wedding costs

If you’ve been to as many weddings as we have, you know how expensive they can be. From food to photographers to venue, those costs add up quick. We’ve put together some tips to help you brides and grooms to be save a few bucks.

Here are 15 ways you can cut costs while making your unique wedding vision happen just the way you want.

Cut wedding videography prices.

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Use an all inclusive wedding venue.

Book a multipurpose venue rather than a big empty room, so you don’t have to hire outside caterers, or rent tables and chairs. Just be sure to watch out for upgrades to “premium” chairs or place settings.

Avoid most popular wedding dates.

Avoid a Saturday in June and pick an off-peak day, like Friday night or Sunday afternoon, in an off-peak month, like September.

Make your own unique wedding invitations.

Make your own invitations. Do-it-yourself kits are easy to find at craft stores, or you can design your stationery online and have it printed for much less than traditional methods.

Limit +1’s.

Keep the guest list down by putting some limitations on “+1.” Limit guests to significant others and avoid the random dates of distant cousins.

Small bridal party.

Keep the bridal party small and you can avoid large rehearsal dinner costs and lots of “thank you” gifts.

Consider a wedding dress rental.

Save your money for the dress and rent or borrow accessories from friends, family, or even online.

No need for both wedding cake and dessert.

Don’t do double duty on dessert and skip straight to the cake. Most people will have eaten plenty, and will be looking forward to watching your cake shenanigans anyway.

Unique wedding centerpiece ideas.

Create your own centerpieces using things like paper flowers instead of real ones, “upcycled” bottles, or even photographs of yourself. Your wedding favors can also contribute to the look of your centerpieces if you use candles or budvases.

Provide wedding cocktails.

Have a cocktail hour instead of a fully hosted bar. A cocktail hour keeps a sophisticated tone while keeping limits on the bar tab.

Your own wedding music mix.

You can hire a DJ to play all of your favorite music, but spending a few hours to make a wedding playlist for your iPod could save you a lot of money, without fearing an accidental Chicken Dance.

Hire college musicians.

If you want live music for the ceremony, consider hiring college music students for your string or jazz quartet. They will give you a great performance at a great deal.

Cash wedding registry.

Instead of just spending money, set up a cash registry in lieu of a traditional registry. Cash registries can be cute, personalized, and can get you what you need most without your having to return a toaster.

Arrive early.

If you can get ready at the venue, skip the fancy transportation and get a ride there a little early when no one will see you arriving.

Candid wedding photography.

Encourage guests to take lots of photographs so you can hire a professional photographer for fewer hours. You’ll get beautiful candid shots from many more perspectives than one photographer could get alone.


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