Once you factor in the decorations, entertainment, the cost of the venue, photos, invitations, flowers, and catering, you might be surprised to discover just how much your wedding is going to cost. On average, couples spent over $30,000 on their wedding on 2014 — that's a lot of money when you're on a budget. The fact is, the amount of money you spend adds up quickly. If you're trying to plan a wedding on a budget, you need to figure out a way to cut back the costs. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to save money so that you can plan your dream wedding without breaking the bank.
Photographer and Invitations
A lot of people don't think to ask their wedding photographer whether or not he or she can make custom invitations. However, by purchasing your wedding invitations and your photo package together, you could save money. Instead of ordering more traditional custom invitations for your wedding, consider turning some of your engagement pictures into a custom invitation. Many photographers handle their own photo editing, and custom invitations can be made from photos using photo editing software, so there's a good chance your photographer could give you a discount by combining the cost of your wedding invitations, wedding pictures, and engagement pictures.
Choosing a Venue
You don't have to book separate venues for your wedding ceremony and reception. Instead, book a reception hall that has enough room to hold both events so that you don't have to pay rental fees on multiple locations. Alternatively, you can save money by getting married at home or at your local town hall, and then renting a reception hall to celebrate with your family and friends. For more information, contact Halls of St. George or a similar location.
Food and Drinks
Saving money on catering costs isn't difficult. Consider having a buffet-style meal instead of a sit down dinner. This way, you don't need to additional fees for added wait staff. Also, when you're serving a buffet-style meal, it's easy to choose cost-effective menu options. For example, instead of serving steak, opt for lasagna — pasta costs less than steak so you'll save money. Additionally, instead of purchasing a large, multiple-tiered wedding cake, order a smaller cake to use during the cake-cutting ceremony and a large, inexpensive sheet cake to serve your guests.
The fact is, weddings aren't cheap. However, you can cut back the cost on things, such as food, custom invitations, and reception hall rental, if you think outside of the box.