How to Avoid Breaking the Bank: Start With a Budget in Mind

It’s no secret that weddings get expensive. With a bit of planning beforehand and help from CBE, you can ensure an unforgettable wedding that won’t leave you broke. Here are a few tips on where to save money and how to best budget your funds!

Invitations

  • Create your own invitations and save the dates! Buy supplies such as card stock, stamps or even invitation kits at any craft store.
  • For the less crafty brides, even choosing a simple black and white invitation in a conventional shape will save you a pretty penny.

Venue

  • Some community organizations provide members with special access to their venues, so be sure to check up on your memberships! Even give a call to your alma matter! This is usually a great way to save a few hundred dollars.
  • Lots of public places like local parks offer a beautiful back drop and charge low rental rates.
  • Some of the more nontraditional venues such as zoos, historical sites and aquariums charge lower fees. You’ll also save on decorations since the venue already provides an entertaining backdrop!
  • Holding your ceremony and reception at the same location also helps both you and your guests save money. Less transportation costs and you will only have one site fee to pay!

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Timing

  • This may be a hard one for the brides who have been dreaming of a summer wedding ever since they were a little girl; however, it’s more likely that you will get a better deal for the same venue in January or February (except Valentines Day) than you would in June.
  • Avoiding Saturday night receptions is another easy way to save money since Saturdays are the most popular day to get married. Having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday night can make a big difference! Who wouldn’t love a Sunday brunch reception?!

Reception

  • Find a talented group of students to play music during your reception, or opt for the DJ option instead of a professional band.
  • Instead of offering a full bar, serve beer, wine and maybe a few signature cocktails. Have fun creating your own drinks and saving money!
  • A daytime reception – you’ll save hundreds serving lunch or brunch instead of dinner.

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Décor

  • Get a few friends or family members to help complete some DIY projects. This will save money on buying centerpieces, floral arrangements and more!
  • Forego your out-of-season favorite flower (if possible) for the in-season blooms

 

Photography Credit

http://www.prestonbailey.com/bride-ideas/aquarium-wedding/

http://blog.glendaloughmanor.com/index.php/tag/food-weddings/

 

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