Smart Ways to Save Money on Weddings

Having a wedding is one of the most unforgettable and expensive moments one can experience. It is a great time to celebrate the next step in life with your favorite people around you celebrating the moment with you. Weddings are a joy to have and to attend, but they can be very costly. Here are a few tips on saving money on weddings whether you are a part of the wedding party or on the guest list.

Book your wedding early: Being ahead of the game while booking events is always the cheapest way to go. The earlier you book all of your venues and vendors, the more money you will save.

Find your own vendors: Typical places that host weddings usually come with a package of the venue and vendors. This could be pretty convenient for some, but package prices doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper. Find your own vendors for your wedding venue to see if there is a way to avoid the highest prices possible.

Online invitations: Sending out as many invitations in the mail as you have guests can get expensive depending on the number of guests. By putting your invitations online, you will be able to send your invitations out for free, and maybe get faster responses than you would get by sending your invitations in the mail.

Be your own DJ: A lot of popular music streaming services allow you to make your own playlists pulled from a bunch of different artists and genres. Make your own playlist for the reception instead of hiring a DJ to ensure the perfect reception music for your wedding party and guests.

DIY the wedding decorations: Buying decorations to decorate the venues and tables to go with the wedding theme can be hard to find and expensive. To make your wedding look exactly how you pictured it, DIY the wedding decorations. This way, you’ll save money and have your wedding look exactly how you pictured it.

Twenty-somethings have many friends that are getting married around that age. Once wedding season hits, those twenty-somethings want to stick to their budget the best they can. That can be really hard to do when buying different dresses, shoes, presents, and the price of gas and flights to get to the wedding and back. Here are a few tips for wedding guests to save money during this time.

Buy dresses and shoes off season: This is a good tip to use if you get the invitation early. If you are attending a summer wedding, buy your dress when the weather starts to get cooler. If you are attending a fall or winter wedding, buy your dress when the weather starts to get warmer. This way, you can buy your dresses and shoes on sale.

Buy the gift as soon as you get your invitation: If you get an invitation early, buy the gift as early as you can. This way, you will have more options to choose from when looking at the gift registry. You won’t be stuck with the big, expensive gifts either. The earlier you buy, the more money you’ll save.

About the Author: Bethany is a guest contributor from Cameo Heights Mansion, a bed and breakfast that hosts weddings and other various events in Walla Walla, Washington.

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