It’s no secret that weddings cost a lot, so let’s talk about ways you can save on your big day! First off, to save money and keep your budget on track, you will need to be organized and do your research. You will need to contact different venues, vendors, and suppliers for quotes, and compare each to find the best deals. Yes, this can be time consuming – but it’ll be worth it. Here are some ways you can save huge on your wedding:
- Your wedding date: Here in the GTA, our wedding season is May to September. If you were to book the last weekend of April or the first weekend of October, you could save thousands on your venue booking fees (and is the weather that much different from one weekend to the next? Probably not).
- Your Dress: Designer dresses are super expensive, and a lot of brides will blow their budget on their dress. This one can be tricky because it’s nearly impossible to find the price of a wedding dress online (the stores want you to go in and speak to a salesperson). Be sure to calculate extra dress costs (alterations, undergarments, cleaning, etc.) when budgeting, and also be sure to get alterations estimates in writing (you don’t want to be blind-sided). If you’ve had your eye on a particular designer, try finding a trunk show in your area – you could save hundreds off the price tag. Some bridal shops may also have sample or “off the rack” dresses, which could save you some money as well.
- The Bar: You can still have an open bar, but consider buying your own alcohol or reducing the hours of the open bar. Usually you can pick between a basic vs. premium bar rail as well.
- Guest Count: This one’s easy. The smaller the wedding, the less it will cost. Between food, beverages, invitations, favours, cake, and centrepieces; you will save a lot by reducing the number of guests – believe me, all of those little things add up.
- Vendors and Suppliers: It’s worth finding out if you know anyone in the wedding industry (maybe a photographer, DJ, musician, florist, or Officiant) that may be able to give you a discount. I was fortunate enough to have one of my bridesmaids do all the flowers for our wedding, and her father-in-law delivered them on the wedding day – she saved us a lot of money on our flowers. I also had a co-worker offer to make my wedding cake for a discount, but we opted to go without a cake.
If you need advice or help researching venues and vendors, consider hiring a certified Wedding Planner. We’re here to help and would love to be part of your special day! Visit our Contact page to set up a free initial meeting.
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