Weddings are hugely expensive and can financially strain couples and their families. As we enter a time of financial uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to be smart with your wedding funds. Here are a few pro tips that will help you keep your budget in check without compromising the overall look or feel of your day.
1) The new normal: go with a less popular date.
With a large number of reschedules happening in 2020, this is about to be the new normal. It is inevitable that more and more weddings will happen on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, etc. If you haven’t booked your venue yet, this is a great way to spend less from the get go. Plus, I’ve actually had a lot of guests tell me they love a Friday wedding because they often end up taking off Friday anyway so at least they have an extra day to relax and recover after partying! *If you are rescheduling due to COVID-19, this is a great way to ensure that your vendors will still be available.*
2) Skip the favors for your guests.
Real talk, how many wedding favors have you actually used? Skip the favors and consider making a charitable donation on behalf of your guests. (Which can be far cheaper than buying an item for each of them!) Or if you want to buy a physical product, buy from organizations that put their proceeds toward a greater good.
3)Think outside the box with your registry.
Toss the candlesticks aside and consider going non-traditional with your registry. No room in your budget for your honeymoon? Create a honeymoon fund in your registry. You can even add specific outings on your honeymoon like “snorkeling adventure” to the list. Or do you want a wedding album but having a hard time prioritizing it at this time? Family members will feel honored to contribute to something that will supply you with happy memories for a lifetime.
4) Family style dinner is fun.
Three-course dinners are lovely, but family-style is dynamic. Watching your community of loved ones interacting, passing food, and getting to know each other is heart-warming! Not only is this a great way to reduce waste and cost, but it’s also a great way to facilitate a sense of community at your event.
5) Clean and simple lighting
Good news: some of the best lighting is actually the cheapest. A great way to create an elevated ambiance at your wedding is string lights. (lot’s of em!) If you are having an indoor or outdoor party this is a fun way to set the mood for your celebration and help your photographer get awesome pictures.