Monday, February 18, 2013

50 ways to cut Wedding costs

Some money saving tips for your LDS wedding at "LDS"  You can find it HERE
They had 50 money-saving tips.

There are some helpful tips, but I decided to add my 2 cents to the list given at LDS

Brace yourselves....

  1. Choose flowers that are in season and/or grown locally.  Yes this does save costs
  2. Forgo the personalized napkins.  Why is this even a tip??  That is so '90s
  3. Schedule the wedding between November 1 and April 30 (excluding December). By scheduling at an "off-peak" time, you're likely to get better deals.  This is true if you want a specific venue.  HOWEVER...once you have're going to celebrate all your anniversaries during during the school year.  So a summer wedding has its benefits :)
  4. Order invitations online or through a mail-order catalog.  This may save costs but it's good to have an idea how many invitations you'll actually need first.  Then shop and compare.  Buy your invitation supplies in bulk from Xpedex, and find a printer to print all of them out.  
  5. Pick a reception location that needs little or no decorations -- a garden in bloom, a fully decorated reception center.  This saves costs, just take time to look.  
  6. Avoid roses and orchids; they're widely available but expensive.  Orchids are expensive, silk orchids look very real, I had silk ones for my hair and everyone, including the people that did my hair asked if they were REAL.  If you are arranging your own flowers, roses last a lot longer and more hardy.  Also most forgiving when arranging them.  
  7. Start shopping right away, especially for a gown. You won't feel rushed into buying something and will be able to look for a good deal.  You won't feel rushed AND pressured in shopping for a gown if you plan to buy it yourself and don't bring an army of women with you to the appointment.  Good deals on gowns are always after the wedding season ends.  
  8. Avoid white flowers. They bruise easily, so florists must go through larger quantities to find good ones. This increases the cost.  This is true.  But white flowers are sooo pretty!!!
  9. Choose cheaper entrees, like chicken instead of beef, or pasta instead of seafood.  If you are at a venue, yes this will save costs.  If you are DIYing a pasta buffet, the water will take FO EH VAH to boil, especially in higher altitude Utah.  Plan accordingly. 
  10. A good wedding cake is often enough dessert. You don't need an entire dessert spread too.  I'd say have one tier real cake, the rest styrofoam. You can bake your own cake if you pick an easy recipe and not care about ornate details.  Desserts buffets are awesome and accepted in Utah. 
  11. Skip the wedding favors or opt for a cheaper variety. Yes.  Just don't go overboard and pick a favor that's edible and or one that doesn't risk becoming a chuchería/nick-nack collecting dust on your dresser.  
  12. DJ's will generally cost less than a live band.  An iPod list is guaranteed to be cheaper than a DJ
  13. Avoid Saturday night. You'll have more location (and price) options if you celebrate on Thursday or Friday.  In Utah, Thursday-Saturday evenings cost about the same for venues.  The cheapest is on a Tuesday for LDS weddings and Sunday for traditional weddings
  14. Use less-expensive flowers, like daisies, in the bouquets.  Regular daises, maybe, but they are not common wedding flower arrangements.  GERBER daises, on the other hand are expensive!    
  15. Ask about package deals if you order all your stationary (invitations, thank you's, etc.) at once. This probably won't hurt but you need to look close to see if that's what you need.
  16. If you decide to have a videographer tape your special day, say no to "extras" such as sound effects and artsy editing.  Yes.  Also see if you can have the "raw" footage only, and you do the editing yourself if you know how to video edit
  17. Find out how long the photographer will keep your negatives. You may be able to purchase your prints after the other wedding bills are paid.  Majority of Utah photographers will give you the negatives to stay competitive.  Some will ask you to pay additional in order to get your negatives/disc.  You need to ask before booking them, and ask how many proofs you should expect to receive for the hours of coverage they'll do, and how big can you blow up the proofs.  
  18. Use the talents of family and friends. Their skills could save you money in many different areas.  So true!!  I lucked out on flowers and cake and decor thanks to the girls on my husband's side...I married well :)
  19. Cut your guest list. There is no easier way to cut costs. You'll save money on food, invitations, favors, linens and much more.  This is lame. Don't do this.  Count people first using your best "guestimation", who really want to attend, then figure out the best way to feed all these people, whether it's punch and cake only or 5 food stations complete with roasted pig.  
  20. Get organized. Timely planning saves late fees and expensive compromises.  This is true.  Also read carefully on non refundable deposits.  You might change your mind on a vendor, waste $500 bucks and go drop another $500 for another vendor.  
  21. Simpler dresses are less expensive than the embellished gowns.  This is true.  They are also less costly to alter and to clean. 
  22. Don't spend much on new shoes. If you are wearing a long gown, no one will see them anyway. If you love shoes, pick shoes that you'll wear again after the wedding.  But be comfy too, you'll be on your feet all day!
  23. The groom and groomsmen don't need new tuxes. Renting is much cheaper.  True.  But you don't need to wear a tux, unless you really want too.  Buy a new business suit for the groom and the rest of the party coordinate with him.     
  24. Instead of a seated dinner, consider a buffet.  Sometimes true depending on the number of guests and how much food you order.  
  25. Forgo an expensive cake topper. Crown the cake with fresh flowers or let the icing speak for itself.  You can always borrow a cake topper or DIY.  Flowers and icing are good alternatives.  
  26. Instead of holding your reception in a grand ballroom, try a creative, less-expensive site, like a park, a community center, a backyard, an art gallery, a theater.  True but pick the site with the best kitchen space above anything else.  If at a historic location, the fee may be considered a charitable donation, so you may write it off and get a tax deduction
  27. Borrow items like punch bowls, linens and tables instead of renting.  This is a huge cost saver.  Borrow as much as you can.  
  28. If you do rent items, be sure everything is returned on time to avoid late charges.  True.  You can also buy your dinnerware for less than what you would pay to rent, and immediately sell it online.
  29. Instead of a large bouquet, consider one or two large blooms, like tulips or sunflowers.  True
  30. Use flowering potted plants for centerpieces instead of floral arrangements.  True
  31. Be sure your fully assembled invitations are light enough to only require one postage stamp.  True
  32. Rent or borrow your gown.  Borrowing is cheaper, renting, not so much, depending on your budget.  
  33. Order your bridesmaid dresses from a catalog. Be sure to order early though.  An inexpensive but ghetto way is to buy your bridesmaid dresses from Nordstroms, hide the tags, save the receipt and then return them.  Just throwing that out there
  34. Get a small decorated cake to cut during the reception, and have sheet cakes to serve to your guests.  True
  35. Hire students from a local university to sing or play at your reception.  True.  They are talented and starving artists
  36. Instead of buying individual place cards, post the seating assignments on a decorated posterboard.  True but unnecessary if you aren't doing a seated dinner.
  37. Candles are cheaper than flowers.  True but you can't light them at some venues
  38. Know a graphic designer? Have him or her help design your invitations.  True
  39. Buy your gown from a bride who canceled her wedding. Check online, newspapers, and local college bulletin boards.  True
  40. Borrow accessories from a friend.  True.  
  41. Look for mothers' dresses after major holidays. Visit the clearance racks.  True.  
  42. Beware of the Valentine's Day wedding, when rose prices are outrageous. Very true.  Also don't forget Mother's Day.  
  43. Use silk flowers. They're cheaper and last longer.  True
  44. Forgo the tissue insert in your invitations. It's just for show.  You will only use tissue if your invitations are engraved, which are impressive but EXPENSIVE.  The last tissue insert I've seen was from a wedding invitation from 1996
  45. Consider a single flower in a bud vase as a simple centerpiece.  That works
  46. Use your computer to design your invitations. That works too. Don't forget to use a paper cutter, not scissors when assembling your invites. 
  47. Compare photographers' hourly fees and package deals to see which is more cost-effective for you.  You really don't need more than 4 hours if you are doing temple and reception coverage.  I LOVED my dress  but being in a big dress was exhausting.  I was done after 40 minutes of pictures!
  48. Include your reception information on the invitation to avoid printing a separate reception/enclosure card.  That works too.  
  49. If you purchased your dress, consider selling it to make up for other areas in your budget.  Yes, you need to do this asap after the wedding.  
  50. Use the resources and advice found at  Don't forget my advice at Dave is Home 

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