Going overboard when planning your wedding and reception is very easy to do nowadays. With all the hype about how lavish weddings are becoming and the wedding industry encouraging you to spend every last penny so your day is “perfect”, it is no wonder that the average cost of a wedding and reception is more than $20,000. Here are a few mistakes that may cost you money in the long run.
Not using the Internet to plan your big day. This includes using a “wedding website” to announce your wedding. In today’s times, the Internet is used for anything and everything. One in five couples use the Internet to send invitations, send save the date announcements, RSVP to the wedding and/or reception, and even for their registry. Even if you prefer old-fashioned paper invitations and save the date reminders, using the Internet to compare prices on other items is sure to save on your wedding budget
Assuming you have to stick with tradition, you are the bride and groom and you get to decide just how you want your wedding day to be. Just because mom and dad had a traditional wedding with a formal dinner and 5-tiered wedding cake doesn’t mean that is what is right for you. Many couples are opting for a less formal dinner. Maybe a buffet, or just a cocktail hour is what you had in mind. Another option besides a huge wedding cake is cupcakes. Traditional wedding cakes can start at about $5.00 per slice whereas cupcakes are about $2.50 – $3.00 each. In addition, ever consider a doughnut wedding cake?
Another area to think about in saving money is an open bar. Wedding guests love it, pocketbooks cringe with it. How about splitting the difference and opt for an open bar to a certain time of the night, or with a limit on how many free drinks each guest is allotted? If you are adamant about having an open bar so everyone is happy (except maybe you), then limit the amount of different varieties of liqours to choose from. For example, you do not have to have 4 different premium Vodka’s. Instead, have one premium and one shelf variety. Survey your guests to get an idea what you need to have available. If no one drinks Crown Royal, then do not have it as an option. Another cost saver is to have a signature cocktail for the evening. This can be one or two different drinks that are inexpensive (but wonderful tasting) to make. Another thing to ask about is if your venue (or whomever you purchase your bar items from) will credit you back for any bottle that is not opened at the end of the evening.
Last but not least, do not be afraid to negotiate for better pricing. When asking for a discount, don’t say “how much is this, this and this”. Rather, say “this is my budget, what can you do for me”, and go from there. Pretty much everything in the wedding industry can be negotiated. It never hurts to ask for a discount. The worse thing they can say is NO.
Think about these tips when planning your wedding.