We’ve all seen the reality shows where wedding days (and budgets) get monstrously out of control. But there’s no need for Budgetzilla to ruin your big day—there are lots of ways to save on weddings. Consider these suggestions:
- Any day but Saturday. Saturdays are the most expensive at reception venues; try a Friday or Sunday instead. Similarly, serving lunch rather than dinner can save you a bundle.
- ‘Tis the (off) season. Peak seasons (think spring) mean peak pricing. Holding your wedding in October or March will cut your costs considerably.
- Look off the beaten path. Rather than a banquet hall, consider a park, favorite local restaurant, or even a backyard as alternate reception locations.
- Have your cake and serve it too. Purchase a small cake for the official cutting; then serve less expensive sheet cake to all the guests.
- Trim the guest list. Each new name on the list means another meal, piece of cake, and so on. So sharpen your pencil and invite only those closest to you and your families.
- RSVP online. You’ll save big on postage when, instead of including a reply card with stamped envelope, you ask guests to RSVP via email.
- Watch your savings grow. Add excitement and cash to your special day by setting up a sub-savings account under your existing account at Summit’s online branch and naming it “wedding” or “Knot tying fund” or “honeymoon” or. . . well, you get the idea. Then set up direct deposit and watch it grow up to the big event. Bonus tip: change the name to “Anniversary” after the big day and use it to save up throughout each year to celebrate your special day!