How to Keep Wedding Expenses Under Control

Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. Even if you’re not planning on inviting everyone you’ve ever met, or flying off to an exotic destination, hosting a good party gets pricey fast. While you’re not going to be able to avoid all the expenses, there are ways to keep those costs under control. Here are some tips for planning a big day that doesn’t break the bank.

Start Early

Try to set a date at least a year in advance for your wedding—more is better. That will let you lock in better pricing for your vendors and location and give you time to shop around. Choosing the right venue can make it easier on you when it comes to decorating, catering, and all the other little details, so keep in mind that spending a little extra there can save you money in the long run. If you can, consider booking a date outside of the usual wedding season.

Borrow or Rent

It might seem unconventional, but do you really need to own everything you need for your wedding? Unless it’s something very significant, consider renting instead, especially decor. There are lots of options from vendors that handle Party Rentals, whether you need tables and chairs or candlesticks for centerpieces.

It might be tempting to buy items with the idea that you’ll be able to sell them later. While this might save you some money, it depends on whether someone else is in the market for those teal tablecloths you bought. If you really aren’t comfortable renting, check online for bride-to-bride swap groups.

Go Easy on the DIY

Another common “money-saving” tip that can actually cost you is trying to DIY your wedding. Supplies and equipment are pricier than you might think, plus there’s all the time and stress involved. If something doesn’t work out as planned, you may end up having to spend more on replacement items anyway. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t DIY a few things if you enjoy it; just make sure you keep it to a small number of projects, so it stays enjoyable.

Prioritize Your Expenses

Discuss the details of the day with your future spouse and anyone else who might be helping to pay for the wedding. If it’s most important to have your family at the ceremony, then just invite friends for the reception. Would you rather have a great caterer or a live band? Fancy cake or dessert buffet? Whatever is most important should be your focus and command a greater chunk of your budget.

Be Flexible

You’ve been dreaming about your wedding day and trying to get that image out of your head can be a challenge. Unless you’re willing to fork out serious cash for that Pinterest-perfect day, you’re probably going to have to adapt your vision a little. That doesn’t mean giving it up, just changing your focus. Maybe you don’t want to invite all your cousins. Maybe it’s a garden wedding instead of inside a hall decked with flowers. The more you’re willing to compromise to focus on what’s important, the more you’ll find your wedding can be fantastic and fun without being over budget.