It’s hard to believe we are already writing about 2016 weddings but the New Year is fast approaching, and if you’re getting married next year, you will understand just how fast the time flies by!
Understandably you will want your wedding day to be as special and as enjoyable as possible, however, as we are all aware, costs can soon mount up and spiral out of control if we don’t keep on top of them. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of ten money saving tips you may be able to utilise to bring down some essential costs for your 2016 wedding.
1. Don’t get Married on a Saturday
Getting married on a Saturday can add considerable expense to your big day and will cost you a lot more than getting married on another day of the week. Perhaps consider holding your nuptials on a Friday or Wednesday, and you could save yourself hundreds or even thousands of Euros that can be put towards an exciting honeymoon for you both to enjoy.
2. Don’t be too Traditional
Generally speaking, the more “traditional” a wedding, the more expensive it can be. When you start dealing with traditional venues such as country clubs and hotels, your wedding costs can spiral quite quickly. Consider less traditional options such as getting married at a local community park or a family members home or garden for a truly unique and cost-effective ceremony and reception.
3. Hold the Reception at a Restaurant
Consider hosting your wedding reception at your favourite restaurant, not only will it make the day more special for you and your guests; it will also lower costs considerably. When you host your reception at a traditional venue, quite often you will pay to rent the space and then also need to provide your own touches such as décor and linens. In most cases you will also have to pay the venue per head of staff required to host your big day. However, with a restaurant, all of these costs are eliminated. You simply pay for the food and the beverages with no hidden extras.
4. Consider Cutting the Guest List
Do you really need to invite your fifth cousin to your celebrations? It’s unlikely. While a large wedding might seem exciting, dealing with a huge guest list can be costly, and can be stressful on the lead up to your big day. Consider cutting the guest list down to close family members and friends only.
5. Use a venue that doesn’t make you use their Vendors
Find a venue that doesn’t require you to use their vendors. In some circumstances venues will have their own caterers, bartenders and DJs, which often charge a high surcharge on top of your agreed rate. Talk to your venue to determine whether they will allow you to use outside service providers.
6. Make sure the Venue doesn’t require too much Décor
Choose a venue that’s beautiful enough to speak for itself. This option will allow you to enjoy the venue without having to spend extra cash on décor essentials
7. Get Married in December
During the festive season, many venues such as churches, hotels and restaurants are pre-decorated for the Christmas period. This means you can take advantage of the beautiful flowers, candles, decorations and lights already on display at no extra cost!
8. Don’t Rush
Take the time to do your research thoroughly when planning your wedding and avoid the temptation to rush through your checklist. By taking the time to research a diverse selection of venues, you can often find less expensive options right on your doorstep. Ask for recommendations from friends and family and take the time to listen to their experiences before making any decisions.
9. Do the Flowers Yourself
Rather than employing the services of a florist, consider arranging the wedding flowers yourself. This option can be extremely cost-effective and will give your day that personal touch. Enlist the help of crafty members of the family or friends to make your arrangements even more special. Choose your flowers from a family members garden or plan in advance and grow them yourself. You also have the option to purchase the flowers from a wholesaler to create your own bouquets and centrepieces.
10. Purchase Decorations Online or at Local Markets
For those of you who are opting to decorate the venue yourself, try to get the best value for money by shopping online or by visiting markets in your area. High street wedding retailers can prove an expensive option and you will find just as high quality in your local market or favourite online store.
We hope that the above tips help you budding brides and grooms to plan ahead for your big day. Weddings can be expensive and can put a huge burden of debt on a couple before they have even said the words ‘I do’. In short, it needn’t be like this, with careful planning and family involvement your wedding can be affordable, enjoyable and memorable without adding an extra financial burden.
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