A wedding budget can quickly balloon if you’re not paying close attention to it. Just ask a number of married couples who are still paying the price years after their big day. Some justify their busted budget by saying they didn’t want to “cheap out” on certain items. Others simply didn’t have a plan.
But with the average wedding in Canada costing roughly $30,000, a plan is likely the most essential tool you’ll have to keep you on track. NO need to hire a wedding planner if you don’t have the budget – here are some ways to hire the people and purchase the items you need to still have a beautiful wedding, but at a fraction of the cost.
Trying to save money on your wedding?
If you’re not set on getting married in a church or a specific venue, consider a garden, park or backyard as the setting to say your “I dos.” Non-profit organizations like the local historical society are also great resources for finding unique spots that may only require a donation. If you are planning a destination wedding, if possible pick a place you are familiar with, or know someone willing to scout locations without charging an arm and a leg.
Try going to a thrift shop or shop around online. While the thrift shop offers the advantage of being able to try on a wedding ring or jewellery pieces, shopping online on popular sites like eBay and Kijiji can usually be a cheaper alternative because you can negotiate price. If you’re worried that it won’t fit, take the piece to a jeweler to resize the item. There are a number of places that will do it for under $100. In the case of wedding jewelry you may also want to borrow from a family member or friend. If that item happens to be blue, you will have “something old, something new and something blue” covered.
Wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses
You only need to look to online classifieds and second-hand or consignment shops for dozens of wedding and bridesmaid dresses looking for a new place to call home.
Instead of hiring a florist to create your centerpiece, why not create it yourself? Search for flower wholesalers or visit the local grocery store for cheaper prices. Vases to hold those flowers can be found at dollar stores. But if you want to get really creative collect mason jars or old glass spaghetti sauce jars as vases. Tea tins also make for a cute shabby chic décor for your wedding flowers.
Hiring students can be an economical way to cut down on wedding costs. Try calling around to photography and music schools for quotes and post ads on school bulletin boards or on online classifieds. You could also ask a friend who is savvy with a camera to be your point-and-shoot person and another friend who can make a great playlist on a computer.
Instead of guest favours, why not make a donation on behalf of each guest to your favourite charity?
Do it yourself. This is by far the cheapest way to save some cash. Stationery kits are available at office and craft stores. But if you’re not too fussy about stationery, an easy alternative is creating an evite online and emailing your guests. There are also wedding websites that will allow you to invite guests via email and track who and who won’t be attending your wedding.
Instead of buying a fully decorated three-tier cake, consider asking your baker to create two fake tiers at the bottom. The top tier is really the only piece you need to cut into for pictures and if you’re worried that your guests will want to eat cake, supply the vendor with a big slab cake.