Saying “I DO” can be a budget buster. Here are some tips and hints to save on your celebration:
- Keep the wedding guest list under 100.
- Limit the wedding party – keeping it small. This cuts down on the cost of attendant bouquets and gifts to each member in the wedding party.
- Consider having the ceremony and reception at the same site – thereby paying only one site fee and possibly fewer total hours. This can also save on transportation costs – no need for a party bus.
- Find a venue that allows you to bring your own food. This blog post lists those that we can recommend: https://bridestlouis.com/venues-that-allow-outside-caterers
- Why not an early morning or early afternoon wedding. You can eliminate a lot of alcohol and possibly a band or DJ.
- If your event is small and intimate, create your own personal playlist and purchase a blue tooth speaker.
- Try “off season” times like December and January. Vendors will usually work with you on a special price as this is a slower time for them.
- If you really want a popular month like May, June, September or October go for a Friday or Sunday to save money.
- When shopping for your wedding dress, ask about off the rack “inventory” dresses. Many bridal shops have a good selection of discounted, previous year’s styles that are beautiful.
- Set up a wedding checking account and make deposits monthly. Use only that money for the wedding allowing you to see what you are spending, and a better way to stay on top of the budget.
Weddings can be beautiful without depleting your bank account and being in debt for years.