We all dream of the perfect wedding day, but sometimes our finances might not match our aspirations. Fortunately, there are ways you can save money on the big day, so you can create the budget you need to make your wedding dreams a reality.
Prepare for Surprises
Many happy couples often fail to budget for any hidden surprises along the way. Unfortunately, those unexpected bills can often eat away at your wedding budget. You must, therefore, factor in any possible expenses when saving up for your special day. For example, you may need to pay for extra wedding cars, hidden fees on a wedding service or you might simply have forgotten to add something to your list.
Open a High-Interest Savings Account
The chances are you will save money for many months or years before planning your dream wedding. We, therefore, recommend adding the money into a high-interest savings account, which can maximize your finances until you are ready to start planning the big day. It will allow you to boost your savings, which could help you marry your partner sooner than you think.
Sell Your Unwanted Items
It’s time to take inventory of both yours and your partner’s stuff to identify the items you no longer need, which you can sell for cash. You can then deposit the money directly into your wedding savings account. Don’t forget to pull out any unwanted presents, as you can sell gift cards online instantly. Not only is it a great way to boost your bank balance, but it will help you downsize your belongings, which is ideal if you plan to move in with your partner before or after the wedding.
Shrink Your Guest List
Shrink your guest list to save a substantial amount of money on your wedding day. Before you send out a save the date invitation to guests, we recommend reviewing your guest list to see if you can make any cuts.
Each invitation you send can amount to a considerable amount of money, as you will not only need to pay for a guest’s meal, but they may also require transportation, a slice of cake, a wedding favor and a welcome bag. Be ruthless with your guest list, as having 15 people off a 135-person reception could save you an average of $1,300.
Reduce the Dinner Courses
Many venues will offer a seven-course menu for a wedding reception; however, three courses can be just as enjoyable and can cost you considerably less. It will also reduce your guests’ time around the dinner table so that you will spend less money on wine. You can also swap bottles of expensive champagne for a more affordable bottle of sparkling wine or prosecco for the wedding toast.
Buy In-Season Flowers
While you can often buy various bridal flowers twelve-months of the year, there are more traditional flowers that could cost you a significant amount of money, such as lily of the valley or peonies. We, therefore, recommend avoiding expensive out of season flowers and opt for in-season bouquets that will save you a pretty penny. Talk to a florist about creating a beautiful arrangement for your budget and about flower delivery Calgary.