Now that I’m finally married I think there are a few significant ways to save money on a wedding that I couldn’t share before because I wasn’t done planning! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Wedding days are so special and amazing but they are not the end all when it comes to life! You still have to live afterwards to you want to plan smart! Here are more of my tips.
- Flowers are gorgeous but candlelight is cheaper. I ordered two large bouquets for my dinner, two feet of garden floral for my head table at dinner, and my hand held bouquet. I saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars by not having flowers on my dinner tables. I had seven tables at dinner and centerpieces would have cost at least $150 per table. Bish please! People can barely talk over flowers and to be honest with you, they barely notice! Think about it like this, if half of your wedding guests are male, 50% of your guests won’t remember the flowers! lol The balloons were actually quite expensive (almost $300) and a last minute decision but I’m glad I ordered them. This leads me to my next tip….
- Hire your DJ on Thumbtack. Hire anyone you can on Thumbtack! Or use Thumbtack to explore and compare prices with the local vendors in your area. If you don’t know what Thumbtack is, it’s simply a platform for people who provide independent services. My Thumbtack DJ was running a special at the end of 2016. I paid 100% of the fees last year and I got a 30% discount. They have everything from wedding planners to makeup artists to DJs.
- Stay away from Pinterest. The balloons were an idea from pinterest and they were an un-planned expense. If I had spent more time on the Pinterest platform I would have been in deep doo doo. Ideas are great but there are so many ideas there I see how it could get out of control!
- Digital Invitations. If I could do it all over again, I would have kept the invitation 100% digital. Of course, I loved my invitations but lot’s of them got lost in the mail. I had to reach out to several people who I thought had not RSVP’d. John and I did move while planning, but we also set up mail forwarding and that didn’t help. Digital invitations will also help the people who aren’t coming RSVP. These folks typically just texted me back or messaged me on Facebook to tell me they weren’t coming (if they told me at all). I spent about $250 – $300 on invitations and I had a 50% off coupon. In retrospect, they were really pretty and I don’t regret it, but I’m not sure how significant they were. My husband and I also work in tech so we could’ve made the digital experience just as cool. We did do a save the date video rather than a paper version. It was a really cool touch and saved us money since we had the equipment and knowledge to do so.
- Keep Your Wedding Party Small. This is a no-brainer but it must be said. I had exactly 50 guests for dinner at my wedding. Dinner was the most expensive part of the entire event. I kept the dinner exclusive for out of town guests and two of my BFFs in the city. The party I had the next day had a about 20 more guests but I saved thousands by keeping our dinner private. By separating my party, I was able to keep the drinks flowing for both events and I only served hors d’oeuvres at the party. The reality is I would have loved to have everyone I worked in the restaurant industry there, and all of my 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th cousins there but everyone can’t come! I also didn’t allow my parents to pressure me into inviting people who don’t even call me or visit me when I go back home to Texas. There will be some people who you have to invite, but I told myself, if I don’t have your number in my phone, you ain’t invited. #noshade
- Get Creative. I had a two day event and structuring the wedding this way actually saved us money. My party/reception venue was willing to open for us during their closed hours with no fees. I only paid for liquor costs for my party and tips for the bartenders. The reception was from 5pm – 9pm and the lounge’s operating hours are from 10pm – 2am. If I had reserved the lounge during normal operating hours I would have had to do a buyout for $15,000. Utilizing the venue outside of opening hours was a huge win! Keep in mind that my venue (and all venues in the city of San Francisco) was 21+ so no kids were allowed, but I don’t have kids so……yeah! lol Take a look at my venue here. My guests loved the two day affair since most of them were from out of town. It created more of an experience, I got to change outfits, and I saved us lots of cash.
- Don’t splurge too much on your dress. Stay tuned for my post later this week about this!
- No one’s going to see your shoes. My dress was super long and after shopping for $250 “wedding shoes” I started not to care. No one will see or pay attention to my shoes and why would I pay $200 more for shoes because they’re from the wedding line, or because they a big sparkly broach on them!? I actually didn’t even most of the wedding shoes in store. Um, that’s going to be a no for me dog. I paid $50.00 for my shoes because I had a Macy’s coupon. I can actually see myself wearing them again! Here is the link!