Here are our final tips for selecting the best budget-friendly options as you shop. Let’s take a look at reception ideas.
Tip 1: If your season permits, look outside. The late spring and summer seasons can offer you the best options for the very least expensive venues: free! The great outdoors can pose some logistic challenges, but you can’t beat the price tag. Backyard, casual receptions are often very popular and in the right setting can be just as lovely as an indoor setting. They also offer a natural ambiance and beauty that requires fewer flowers to beautify, also a money-saver.
Tip 2: Be willing to step out of your comfort zone. By comfort zone, we’re talking literal location. Some brides think they can only have their reception within a 10 mile radius of their ceremony, but honestly, you could be shooting yourself in the foot, budget-wise. It’s best to shop around locations that are more widespread to find the very best deal and the right fit for you.
Tip 3: Think small. There’s no need to over-stuff your location. Try to create a more modest guest list, so that you can fit into a smaller ballroom or wing of a reception center. If you just have to keep your guest-list large, cut down the reception time to decrease the price or set your reception for a weekday evening rather than a weekend.
Tip 4: Bundle. Many reception centers may seem more expensive right off the bat, but consider what comes with it. Some reception centers are pre-decorated and come with the tablecloths, chair covers, and more. Still others bundle together your catering and entertainment so that overall, you get more of a deal than if you were to commission all of these vendors on your own. It also takes the hassle out of extra planning when all of the elements are already taken care of.
You budget-conscious brides, take a step back and think about how great you’ll feel on your big day, knowing that you pulled off your dream wedding at your personal dream price. Employing even a few of these tips can leave you grateful for the effort. Now get out there and save, save, save!
Take a look at this beautiful Florida wedding! I adore the bride's long lace sleeves, the wedding party's charm, and the sweet details thrown in the mix. Don't those palm trees look absolutely idyllic? Enjoy!
Photography: Alicia Johnson with That's a Pretty Picture Photography.
Enjoying all of the money-saving tips this month? Here’s another great article about bridal savings in a big category. Bridesmaid dresses are another area that can really eat into your budget. At the price of $200 a dress, it may not seem like a lot, but by adding on shipping costs, rush fees, custom changes, and multiply that by the number of dresses you need, you’re looking at quite a different total than you may have expected.
Tip 1: Examine your personal philosophy. Bridesmaid dresses fall into a grey area when it comes to paying for the dress. In many circles, it’s customary for the bride’s family to purchases the dresses, but in many others, it’s common for the bridesmaids to pay for their own gowns. In order to best select the type of dress you’d like to purchase and budget for, first determine your personal payment philosophy. If you’re not ready to fully commit to either school of thought, some brides elect to split the payment and have their bridesmaids pay for half of the gown instead of the full amount.
Tip 2: Limit your party size. It’s quite common in Utah to offer a bridesmaid spot to every single individual you’ve ever felt close to. If you use this standard of determination, you’re likely to have upwards of ten bridesmaids. For a bride hoping to stay on a budget, this method just isn’t going to fly. Try to use your best judgment to limit the number of bridesmaids you enlist. If you feel some friends could be offended, limit your bridesmaids group to family only. If you have one too many cousins, limit the party to sisters only. There are quite a few ways to get creative and really pair down the excess and expenses.
Tip 3: The wear-again bridesmaid dress. Many brides these days are cutting their costs more than in half for bridesmaid dresses by finding gowns that their bridesmaids could happily and easily wear again and again. The catch for this method is dealing with a limited number of colors and fewer styles from which to pick. When you’re looking at savings reaching the hundreds though, it’s likely that you’ll be willing to jazz up the grey gown with hot-pink highlights instead of clinging stubbornly to the color of your dreams.
Photo courtesy of Latter Day Bride.
Happy shopping, brides!