Invisible Budgeting Cutting Wedding Costs Without Sacrificing Style

We hear brides lament that they want a big wedding, but they have a smaller budget.  The good news is that with the help of a wedding planner and some creativity, it can be done.  A budgeted wedding does not have to mean cheap.   Here are a few suggestions to help your client have the wedding of her dreams on a tight budget:

  • Consider invitations that are on quality paper but are not genuine engraving. 
  • For décor drama in the church or reception area, consider using rental greens in place of large floral arrangements.  The greenery adds an elegant touch and provides a perfect background for flowers added to set or reflect your color scheme.  (Visit our Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration.) Be sure that you choose flowers grown locally and in season. 

  • While a band for dancing may be your first choice, know that a good DJ can provide music and entertainment for far less than a band.   

  • Ask what events are happening before or after the wedding to see if you can share the cost of equipment.

  • Cut the cake earlier in the evening to reduce the per-hour rate for a photographer or videographer

  • Cut down on alcohol costs by providing an open bar during a cocktail hour but switching to beer and wine at dinner.

  • Stream music for the cocktail hour and save on the hourly cost for the DJ/Band.

  • Pay attention to fees, shipping costs, taxes etc. The fine print can really add up.

  • Cut a decorated cake but serve sheet cake to the guests. As an added bonus this can be pre-cut in the kitchen to streamline the serving process.

  • Encouraging guests to take pictures during the reception and share them on social media can cut back on the photographer’s bill, but you will still want a professional at the helm to insure that the critical photographs you will keep for a lifetime are beautifully done. 

  • Use seating charts instead of place cards to cut printing/calligraphy costs.

  • Consider having an hors d’oeuvres /cocktail reception rather than a sit down dinner.  In addition to being less expensive (depending on how much and what you decide to serve) it keeps the party moving as guests nibble and move among tables.