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Five Ways to Decrease the Cost of Your Wedding

With more and more people getting vaccinated, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the pandemic. A lot has been put on hold over the last year. Once it is under control, a lot of people will be getting married and hosting weddings. Weddings are never cheap and they can often be quite stressful, but if you pay attention to the details you can cut down on the costs and keep it classy and fun. Read below for a few ways to cut down on the cost of your wedding rehearsal ceremony, and reception.

Overestimate Costs

While you will try to cut down on the costs of every detail of your wedding, you should always plan on paying more. Overestimating is important because it is the maximum amount of cash you will put down at the event. If you take into account all the expenses and add extra money to it, you will avoid being disappointed by the cost. It will motivate you to stay far under the number that you estimate.

Find a Cheap Location

One of the most expensive aspects of a wedding is renting a location. When you take a look at cheap wedding venues, you will be able to save a lot of money. The setting can make or break the cost of your wedding. If you get a decent location for a reasonable price, you will be able to spend a little more on the other expenses like food and drinks.

You can also think about having your wedding on an off-day of the week. Choosing to host your wedding during the weekend will be a lot more expensive than on weekdays. Mondays and Tuesdays will be a lot cheaper. Even Fridays are cheaper than Saturdays. Choosing the right day of the week will change the price of your venue.

Track RSVPs

When you save the date and send out invitations, you should keep track of the RSVPs in a spreadsheet or another document. If you keep a detailed list of people who are coming, you can cut down on the costs of food, drinks, guest baskets, and other expenses that come with hosting a lot of people. It will make all the difference to know how many people are coming.

Mind Food & Drinks

Depending on how many people are coming to the wedding, creating a specific menu for food can cut down on the costs. How much do you and your guests like to drink? Sometimes paying for the open bar will actually be cheaper than paying for everyone’s drinks one-by-one. Another way to cut down on the costs is to ask your guests to pay for their own drinks. Few people will like this, but you’ll be surprised at just how much you will save on booze. People will also get less drunk if they’re paying for their beverages.

Keep the Cake Smaller

You probably don’t need a huge wedding cake. If you choose a smaller cake, it will be a lot less expensive than a luxuriously large one. Furthermore, you can skip the cake entirely and get a different dessert. Brownies and cookies will be cheaper and you can put them out all at once. Or you can do a combination of both—a small cake and other options. You’d be surprised at how expensive wedding cakes can be.

While these are some great options to cut down on the costs of your wedding, there are plenty of others. Think outside the box and you will likely find a lot of ways to make your wedding less expensive. Weddings are pricey, but you don’t need to have your special daybreak the bank. With so many moving parts, there are a variety of different methods to cut down on the cost of the event.

The pandemic has delayed a lot of weddings. Many people have put it off because they didn’t want to celebrate with masks on and social distancing. It will take a while for the virus to be under control, but weddings will return regardless. As you plan your wedding in a post-pandemic world where most people have taken a hit financially, take the time to cut down on the costs of your special day. 

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