Weddings are extremely expensive. Everyone knows that. However, there are numerous ways to cut down on wedding expenses and still have a beautiful, memorable day for a lot less.
Like most 20-somethings, my Facebook feed is full of people getting engaged left and right. Many of them will be paying for their weddings themselves, and because of that, they are more conscious about spending. One friend of mine wrote to me and said, “I want an $80,000 wedding on a $10,000 budget.”
Now, I can totally relate to having champagne taste. I, myself, am a lover of the finer things in life. However, sometimes it’s just not worth it to spend a ton of money. After all, a wedding is sort of like taking 150 of your friends all out to dinner and you’re footing the bill. It’s a big, big party, and there are so many ways to save.
1. Hire a DJ not a Band
Now I know bands are nice. They are fancy. They get the crowd moving and all that. However, a DJ with a fantastic personality can do just as great of a job. I really struggled with this for my own wedding (#thestruggleisreal) but in the end I picked a DJ. He was several thousand dollars less than a band, and it was just more customized. For example, I wanted the DJ to play sappy country songs, and my husband definitely wanted the LSU fight song to be a part of the reception. Not many bands can pull that off, so a DJ was the ticket.
2. Try Brunch not Dinner
A frugal friend of mine had the genius idea to have her wedding in the morning. There was still alcohol, don’t you worry. She just served mimosas and bloody marys along with awesome brunch food like omelets, hash browns, and fancy fruit. This couple was able to wake up, get ready, and get married without all the awkwardness of waiting around. Then, they were able to get in the car and head to the airport for an equally frugal red eye to their honeymoon destination. They saved a ton of money on food and alcohol and didn’t really need much music because it was more of a casual, mingle type ceremony.
3. The Dress is Not “The” Dress
Gasp! I am breaking all sorts of girl code right now, but really, the dress is not a deal breaker. Shows like “Say Yes to the Dress” have ruined society, making people think that it’s okay to spend $5,000 on a wedding dress. I wore my mom’s dress and spent a few hundred dollars having it altered to fit me and adjusted a bit to be more modern. It was great. You’re going to wear it one time, people. At least make sure it has pockets.
4. Barter Like There’s No Tomorrow
Many people have a skill they can use to barter services. A friend of mine and a fellow blogger traded her social media management services for $9,000 of wedding costs. So, do you cut lawns? Do you program websites? Do you teach ballroom dancing? Do you pet sit? Whatever it is, go ahead and offer it to people in exchange for wedding day services. You might be surprised at how many people take you up on the offer!
What are some other cheap ways to save on a wedding?