How to save money on a wedding

Category: Personal Finances


Did you know that the average cost nationwide for a wedding is more than $27,000? With some simple tips and tricks, however, there is no need to break the bank on that special day.


Before you start planning your reception and wedding, sit down with your soon-to-be spouse and make a list of your top five priorities. This help you both clearly see where it can be easy to cut corners, and where you might want to go all out.

Restrict the guest list

Keeping the guest list as short as possible will significantly diminish reception expenses. Most restaurants, caterers, and banquet halls charge per guest, so the difference between 100 people and 150 will be major.

Cut corners with food

Food is often the biggest culprit of an expensive wedding, so you might want to consider the cheaper alternatives available. You could host a high tea, buffet instead of sit-down meal, a brunch or luncheon as opposed to a dinner, or even a dessert-only or appetizer-only reception. Or if you’re a good cook, you could cater all or a portion of the reception yourself.

Restrict your wedding attire budget

When it comes to wedding attire, there are various options and different ways to drastically cut down on costs. You don’t need to purchase the attire at a traditional wedding shop. You could buy a gown and tuxedo at an outlet store, from an online auction, or you could even buy attire that has been once-worn, and as a result, is much cheaper. If the sizing is similar, you could possibly borrow a wedding gown or tuxedo from a family member.

Research location options

There are different choices for locations that are extremely cheap, or even free, such as forest preserves, parks, beaches, or even your own backyard or a relative or friend’s backyard. Other options include purchasing an all-inclusive package that includes the cost of the reception, wedding, and maybe even the honeymoon. By purchasing everything in a bundle, it can save you a lot in the end. If you have your heart set on a particular location that is rather expensive, consider having your wedding during the off-season, or on a different day of the week besides Saturday, which is the most expensive day of the week for a wedding.


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