A large portion of our clients have accumulated debt from weddings. A wedding is not worth racking up thousands of dollars worth of credit card debt. So today we invited an experienced wedding planner, Simon Barnett, to share with us his ideas, that could save you moneyon the next wedding that you plan.
With the average cost of a wedding seeming to spiral ever higher, is there room for those who wish to have a special occasion on a more limited budget? It’s my belief that a smaller budget needn’t produce a less memorable day. In fact, it’s something that may well encourage you to be more creative, leading to an impressive outcome.
I remember planning my own wedding and realizing that every single element was going to cost a significant amount of money. I wondered whether it would be possible to put together an event that would be fun, emotional and enjoyable for all those who were present. I needn’t have worried, of course, since everything was spectacular.
Here are my top tips for having a great day:
1. Invite the right guests
I can’t emphasize this point enough. The reality is that your wedding day will almost completely be defined by those who are present. You may think that it’s all about the venue, or the standard of catering, but weddings are ultimately all about people.
If you invited your closest friends and family, then you won’t go far wrong.
2. Scale things down a little
It can be tempting to invite work colleagues and other associates, largely due to a sense of needing to please, or wanting to put on a show. Each guest that you invite will add to your costs, so try to scale everything down and reduce costs a little.
3. Look for second hand options
You don’t have to buy every item new. The truth is that many elements that are involved on your wedding day may never be used again, which means that there could be good sense in looking for second hand items. From table plans to wedding dresses, you’ll be surprised at what you can pick up online.
4. Ask your friends for help
People love to pitch in and help out on your wedding day. We were fortunate enough to have a friend who was a professional photographer. As a result, we saved a lot on photography. Do you have friends who might be able to help out in such areas?
5. Negotiate with suppliers
For many suppliers, your wedding will represent a big deal. Caterers and venues, in particular, will know that you are intending on spending a lot of money. You should use that knowledge to your advantage and negotiate, when it comes to prices.
6. Use seasonal flowers
The cost of flowers can soon add up. When we’re advising flower buyers, we always suggest making use of seasonal flowers.
This can help to keep costs low, but also ensures fresh bouquets, which will make so much more of an impression.
7. Decorate items that you already have
From shoes to cake stands, you’re likely to discover that many items are expensive, when bought for this one-off occasion. Don’t forget, however, that you may well have cheaper options sitting at home. With a little bit of time, you may be able to transform elements that you already have.
8. Do more yourself
The reality is that time costs money. When you are paying for other people’s time, you will almost certainly be paying a premium for the privilege. Instead of doing so, focus your efforts on doing that bit more of the work yourself.
It should be possible for you, for example, to create the wedding invites. That means that you won’t have to rely on others to perform that task.
With the above simple tips, you can make some real savings on the cost of your wedding. There’s really no reason why you should need a massive budget, in order to have a great day. Here is a free budget tool to help you with tracking your expenses and cash-flow, for the next wedding you plan.
Simon Barnett works with a florist and understands that a wedding day should be special. He aims to help couples have a great day, without breaking the bank.
Check out our last blog post by Paul Paquin, where he talks about credit card relief.