We are big proponents of making a budget for your wedding and sticking to it so today we’re sharing wedding budget ideas to afford your dream dress! A budget makes the wedding planning process a lot easier, and it makes sure you don’t overspend beyond your means. However, we also understand that for certain things, the budget you set aside is an educated guess before you really start shopping and getting quotes from vendors. And, sometimes, the dream wedding dress is just outside your budget range. So, that’s why we are here today, to help you take a look at your budget and find potential areas for savings so you can get your dream wedding dress and stay within budget. Sounds like a win-win to us! Read on for tips and ideas on places to find extra room in the budget for your dream wedding dress.
Review Your Guest Count
We’ve heard it from plenty of caterers, wedding planners and brides - there is nothing that pushes your wedding budget up more than the number of guests. Think about it. The more guests equals more food, more favors, bigger venue space, etc. You get the idea. So, when trying to shave your wedding budget, consider the adage that “less is more” when it comes to guests.
Look Closely at Your Flower Order
We get it, flowers give us the big heart eyes too. However, fresh flowers, while beautiful and gorgeous, are not cheap. Work with your florist to determine your priorities and must haves, while also identifying in-season alternatives to more pricey flowers to create a working budget for flowers that makes everyone happy. Some of the best suggestions we’ve heard is to go all-out for your bridal bouquet while choosing similar alternatives for your bridesmaids. Also, when considering floral centerpieces, you can choose to alternate floral arrangements and candles or something more simple on every other table.
Pass On Wedding Favors
Its 2017 and favors are becoming less and less important in the grand scheme of your wedding budget. While traditional, how many of your friends and family really want a shot glass or a candle with your name and wedding date on it? Today, there are so many other options that are less expensive and less likely to end up in the trash. Some of the best ideas are doing cookies and milk or a late-night snack to guests dancing up a storm on the dance floor. Another great option is to make a donation to your favorite charity and let guests know you did. It can be smaller than what you would have spent on favors for all of your guests but still meaningful.
Choose a DJ Over a Band
While everyone loves live music, a DJ has a large repertoire of available music, can play the exact remix of the song you want and knows how to keep the crowd engaged, everyone from your great aunt Marie to your younger cousin Bobby, all night long. And the bonus is that they usually come at more than half the cost of a band, win-win for everyone.
Forego the Fancy Menu: Creative Cuisine is IN
You don’t have to serve a sit down dinner for your wedding to be considered elegant or formal. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and unique buffets are all the rave and guests are loving them. It allows guests to socialize while also having more options to satisfy their hunger.
Fake the cake! That’s right, fake your wedding cake by having only the top layer be real while the rest are fake yet covered in icing/fondant. No one has to know but you, and you still get the look of your dream cake without the huge cost.
The bottomless bar may be great, but beer and wine is not a crime! To reduce significant costs, opt for a beer and wine selection. If you love a good cocktail, throw in one signature drink.
We understand that this is just a partial list of ways you can save money to leave room for your dream wedding dress, and as you can see it is possible to find some extra money in your budget by making some great alternative choices.
Brides, are there any other ways you’ve saved money in your wedding budget to find a bit extra to make your dream dress work? Share your thoughts in the comments as we’d love to share with brides-to-be just starting to look for their dream dress.