How many times do you, as a bride to be, look at your budget and say, “If only I had a bigger budget!” Let me ask THIS….is it your budget or your expectations? Are you so caught up with the online bridal world, the TV shows, your family and friends, that you’ve let your own dreams take a back seat to what you’ve been told you need, want or have to have. Let’s talk about this.
Depending upon which site your addicted to or which news service you subscribe to, the average cost of a wedding is somewhere between $25K and $32K. In relation to other necessities of life, that amount would be comparable to a really nice new car, rent for 2 years, a down payment on a home, two years of college (or the repayment of the loans)….this list can go on forever.
So, how can you save money on your wedding day? Here’s a few tips and none of them involve eloping 😉 Trust us…even THAT costs money!
- Check the size of your bridal party. Less definitely means MORE savings. Think of all the expenses that surround the bridal party — flowers, gifts, transportation, etc. And, while we’re on the topic of the bridal party, explore some alternative attire options. For the gentlemen, think about suits that can be re-worn with coordinating ties. For the ladies, explore some off the rack options, as well as places like Target.
2. Off-season or other non-prime dates. Using a day other than Saturday or getting married at a non-peak time of the year may net you savings. It will also save you the frustration of not being able to use the vendors you would like to use because they are busy.
3. Bundle services (HEY! That’s where WE come in). Many vendors are adding services to their line up—why not take advantage of deals that involve bundling services. We offer photo, video, DJ, and photo booth, as well as uplighting, ceremony music and engagement session. Not only do you save money, you save time and energy.
4. If possible, have your ceremony and reception at the same location. You’ll save money on venue space, transportation costs, decorating, etc.
5. Make sure you understand your contract to avoid duplication AND hidden charges. Misunderstandings and paying for extras on the day of OR shortly thereafter are almost always unplanned for expenses. At A Crystal Clear, we pride ourselves in being upfront—you always know what you’re getting and what you’ve paid for.
6. Your timeline needs to be set in advance. Buffer time needs to be included, but time IS money, so sticking to a pre-defined schedule will save you from unexpected fees and stress.
7. Don’t let other people talk you into things that aren’t important to you. For example, if you’re not a cake person, find an alternative that makes you happy. You may end up spending less money in the process. This is important for every decision that has to be made, from your dress, flowers, decorating, photo, dj, etc.
We’re here to help. Call the office and we’ll talk about alternatives that can help you have the wedding you want at a price you can afford.