The best part of having a 2.5 year engagement? You have plenty of time to figure out ways to save money ( … and plenty of time to actually save money). Here are some ways I’m saving money during the planning.
Ceremony Arch. I love the grand floral arches, but they are expensive to rent. So, my dad and I are building one this summer! This way, it’s more cost-effective and we’ll have a nice reminder of our wedding to put in a backyard someday.
Make a Deal. There is a really cool loft event space that recently opened in the area we’re getting married. I realized it would be perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and bridal suite for getting ready. I spoke with the manager and was able to get a great discounted rate for choosing to hold three events at their space. Always be on the lookout for opportunities to make a deal!
Coordinating Trials. Scheduling hair, makeup, and nail trials to line up with other events - like a bridal shower or bachelorette party, helps to not have to spend additional money in those areas for wedding-related events.
Preferred Vendor Discount. My wedding coordinator, Little Black Dress Events, offers a preferred vendor list in which if you choose one of the vendors, you get a discount on her coordinator package. We took advantage of this deal by choosing a vendor from her list!
Same Location for Ceremony & Reception. This just makes everything easier, saves more time for photography, and was most cost-effective since our reception venue was the same price whether we had the ceremony there or not.
Flowers. We are having flowers but are saving money by providing the containers to our florist rather than renting them. My florist is wonderful and shared with me some tips to save money while still having beautiful floral arrangements, such as using magnolia leaves instead of eucalyptus leaves.
Coupon Codes. I made sure to have my save the dates and invitations designed and ready early so I had time to wait for a coupon code before ordering. Minted often offers 15% - 30% deals which is where I ordered from.
Rehearsal Dinner. A fancy sit-down restaurant just didn’t sound like our style so we rented a loft event space in the downtown area that includes tables and chairs, and lets us bring in our own food and drinks. This also helps us personalize our rehearsal dinner by having our own space and being able to cater in our favorite foods and drinks. We also got a great deal since it’s the same place we’re renting for my bridal shower and bridal suite.
It can be easy to get overwhelmed and just start paying for things so you can check them off your to-do list, but there are plenty of ways you can save a lot of money with a little creativity!
What wedding savings tips do you have?