Keeping Wedding Costs Down
In planning our wedding, my fiance and I decided we wanted to have a big party where all of our family and friends can have a fun time. Neither of us are religious, and neither of us care about a lot of wedding traditions. This means that we can keep costs down by simply not including things in our wedding that we don’t care about. Here are choices we’ve made so far to keep prices low:
Venue- We chose a venue that includes tables and chairs in the price. This way we don’t have to rent them. The venue also sets up and tears down our tables at no extra cost, and allows us access to the building earlier in the week for a rehearsal.
Flowers- I’m not a flowers girl. I don’t need unnecessary plant death associated with my wedding. We’re going to decorate with paper flowers made from pages of books we like. I’m also doing a brooch bouquet with jewelry from family and friends, as well as some thrift store/yard sale finds.
The Dress- I found the perfect dress at a local wedding consignment shop! I knew I loved it before I even looked at the price, and I loved it even more when I saw it was only $150! I will be paying for it to be fitted, but it need minimal adjustments- taken in a little at the bosom, and possibly taken up an inch, depending on my shoes.
Other Dresses- My bridesmaids will pay for their dresses, but I’ve found some super nice dress options that run around $30. I’m not making the bridesmaids pay to have their hair and makeup done. They can if they want, but otherwise they can just do it themselves. I know they’ll be helping me a lot and I don’t want their out-of-pocket expenses to add up too much.
The Cake- I have a friend who is making the cake as my gift. I just have to pay for supplies! She is really skilled and has a lot of experience with cake decorating, so I know it will turn out great!
Photography- I feel super lucky with this one. I found a super affordable local photographer. Her wedding package is about half the price of other local photographers and her work is amazing. We already had our engagement shots, and they turned out beautifully!
Paper Goods- We make our own Christmas Cards every year, so there is no reason for us to pay for someone to design our invites. We’re designing our save the dates, invites, and programs ourselves and printing them either at Costco or through Vistaprint.
The Guest List- We have about 80 people who we are inviting to our wedding. Since we don’t have hundreds of people, we’re able to allow everyone a date (that’s included in the 80 number). I feel great about that. If we had more people, I would probably limit plus ones, because catering costs are by the person and that adds up fast!
The Food- We’re doing a buffet with two entree options and a few sides. This saves some money, but also eliminates a lot of hassles. We don’t need people to include food preferences with the RSVP. We don’t need to assign seats and make a seating chart, placement cards, or any of that crap.
The Bar- We’re doing a partial bar, meaning we’ll pay for a couple kegs of beer and a certain amount of wine. Other drinks will be available for our guests to purchase. I really wanted to have some complimentary alcohol available, but a full bar just isn’t feasible. So this option works great!
Things we’re not doing:
We’re not paying for a wedding planner. I have lots of people around me who are super organized and willing to help out.
We’re not paying for a videographer. I just don’t see paying thousands of dollars for something we would rarely watch.
We’re not having a flower girl or ring bearer, mainly because we don’t have kids that young in our lives. So that was a convenient decision that will end up saving a little in stress (dealing with kids) and money (for either us or the theoretical children’s parents).
We’re probably not doing a photobooth. I just think that’s super overdone right now. Work parties have photo booths. It’s not special enough to be in my wedding 😛
That’s what we’ve figured out so far! We still need to book an officiant, a deejay, and figure out a lot of the details, but we have just over six months so I feel like we’re in a good place!