A major factor in deciding to get married is the cost associated with the wedding itself. Many times couples are faced with delaying their wedding date in order to save enough money for their wedding ceremony and reception. For this reason, couples are trending more towards living together for a number of years before getting married. On average, couples in the United States spend approximately thirty to thirty-five thousand dollars for their wedding ceremony and reception. There are plenty of ways to have a budget wedding without compromising on quality. In this article we will explore different ways to save on wedding expenses while still having a splendid wedding.
The Wedding Date
Couples take into consideration many factors when choosing their wedding date. Some choose a date that is significant to themselves or a date that many of their guests will be available. Most couples decide to get married during the summer months or near holidays to allow for more time off from work. Unfortunately, these dates end up costing couples more as the demand for wedding services are much higher. Couples can save money by choosing to get married on less common dates, such as late winter or early autumn. Shoulder seasons can sometimes offer much better prices for venues and catering services. Couples can save even more money by getting married on a Sunday instead of the typical Saturday wedding.
The Wedding Cake
A major expense for the wedding reception can be the wedding cake. Wedding cake prices can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to upwards of a thousand. Many couples are now deciding to get creative with their wedding cakes and ditching the traditional layered wedding cake. There are many DYI projects that couples can use for their wedding cake, such as a tower of wedding cupcakes. A quick search on Google or Pinterest will provide endless ideas for a creative and cost-saving wedding cake.
Renting an event hall for your wedding reception can be quite pricey depending on the location. Sometimes it is less expensive to have a destination wedding where the cost of almost everything is much lower in that specific country. Marriage in Denmark can be a great option for couples seeking an authentic experience. Mexico could also be a good option for a lower cost wedding. Keeping your wedding venue costs low will allow more room in your wedding budget. Couples should also consider getting married in a family member’s house with a large outdoor area.
Most catering companies charge by the number of people that will be attending the event. Couples that want to avoid having to reduce the number of guests that are invited can choose to have their wedding on a less expensive day and time. Typically Saturdays are the most expensive days to get married. So having your wedding on a Sunday or weekday will save plenty of money. Couples can also decide to hold their wedding reception during the day rather than during the night. Lunch options are typically a lot less expensive than dinner options.
Couples deciding to get married should not feel restricted by the wedding costs. Wedding are meant to be a happy and joyful day celebrating the union of two people, and there are plenty of ways to achieve this while on a budget.