5 Ways to Save Money While Planning Your Wedding

5 Ways to Save Money While Planning Your Wedding

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Congratulations, you are getting married! Also, I’m sorry, you have to plan the wedding.

Anyone who has ever been involved in planning a wedding knows that the excitement doesn’t stick around through the whole planning process. It quickly becomes apparent that you have no idea what you are doing, and at some point you just want to elope and be done with it.

Hang on a second, let’s take a deep breath and back up. Weddings are stressful for sure but there is a better way! Being one of the first vendors a couples chooses and books has given me a sense of responsibility towards helping my couples stay as stress free as possible.

There are a few common knowledge ways to save on your wedding that we won’t go over in depth today but I will list them at the bottom of the page just in case you need a refresher.

If you are planning a wedding and feel lonely, stressed out, and desperate for some relief then you are in luck!

Here are 5 UNIQUE ways to save money, (and sanity) on your wedding day.

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1. Hire a Wedding Planner – SANITY + BUCKS

Wait, how does spending MORE money help me save anything? I know it is a little off putting but seriously, and I am just going to say it, they are worth every penny and you just need to suck it up and make room in your budget (this is sarcasm, and not sarcasm at the same time). Not only will they have the knowledge and skills to find ways to cut costs on your wedding, if that’s your priority, they will also allow you the freedom to enjoy the process again. Having a wedding planner on your team means that you won’t ever be alone while putting together this big event and you will be able to have fun while doing it! For those who still don’t think they could even dream of affording a wedding planner IT’S OK! I know I was harsh in the beginning but in reality, I know not every budget is going to be able to stretch that far so don’t worry there is more here to help you.

2.  Actually TALK to Vendors at Bridal Shows and Open Houses – SANITY + BUCKS

Whoa there. Crazy concept I know. Does every vendor hope to book at least one wedding per show? Of course they do, those things are expensive and SO MUCH WORK. Does that mean they are all going to be sleazy sales people? Absolutely not. Even if you have already booked some of your vendors, take the time to sit down at the booths you are drawn to and ask questions! Even if you don’t take advantage of the show specials they are having I guarantee that you will walk out of there armed with a wealth of knowledge and probably quite a few money saving tips.

  • You know what? While we are on the subject, GO TO ALL THE SHOWS! Free food and fun? Sign me up. This is a wonderful opportunity for a girls day/night out!

3. Find Your Tribe – SANITY + BUCKS

Get online, get out into the public and find your tribe! Being a part of a group of people going through the same thing that you are can be so uplifting and helpful. You will get a chance to vent, joke, ask questions, get advice, and get a deal! Facebook is a great place to start. Just search for a local bridal group, a lot of them can be vendor spammy but have hope, and join a couple of them until you figure out where you fit perfectly. Participate in discussions and have fun hunting for deals as people post their wedding left overs.

For my #1 money saving tip head over to my latest “Wedding Tip Wednesday || Prioritize” (<Click), blog post and discover why setting up a solid priority list should ALWAYS be first on your list to setting up a good wedding planning foundation. 

4. Get Your Partner on Board – SANITY

A lot of the time, the wedding planning falls on the shoulders of only one of the participants. Whether it’s by choice or the disinterest in the other party, JUST STAHPP. You can’t do this alone, and you shouldn’t have to. Take a time out to explain why making this day special is so important to you then ask your partner for their honest participation. For those that think they don’t want the help, cut that shit out and allow your partner to help you. Who cares if they don’t have the best taste, or aren’t the most interested, this is an event celebrating the both of you and the love that you have created together. It’s about time that the wedding reflected that.  If you are the one backing off because you would rather let her do all the work or say “it’s her thing”, cut that shit out too. Don’t put this whole huge thing on your partner, at least pretend to be interested. You might be surprised at the money saving connections your fiance has when y’all actually sit down to talk about things.

  • I was recently a second shooter (hired by the main photographer to help out) at a wedding and was literally told not to worry so much about the guys. The bride was clearly the focus of the day so there was very little of the groom and his guys getting ready, joking around, and virtually none of his special details. Maybe it’s because I am a mom of two boys but I always get upset when I see how much the groom can get neglected.

5. Cakes – BUCKS

They are beautiful and they are yummy, but do you have to have a 10 tier masterpiece? I have two creative ways to get around the wedding cake price tag assuming the cake isn’t super high on your priority list. If the way your cake looks and is incorporated into your wedding is super super important to you then make sure you hire a PROFESSIONAL BAKER and have them create a gorgeous display for you. I have seen wedding cakes done so SO many ways and two of my favorite ways also happen to save you a bit of cash.

Take a trip to your local baker and pick out 3-5 small cakes with simple decor instead of one large tiered cake. You will get different cake options for your guests, and can save hundreds doing it this way.

Along the same concept are bundt cakes. With delicate, drizzled icing, and a flowered topping several bundt cakes on display is gorgeous and much cheaper than the traditional alternative.

Bonus Tips:

#1 Hiring professional wedding vendors from the start may cost you more money upfront but it will save you so much in the big picture. There are so many horror stories out there of couples who have hired beginners in their fields then later had to hire professionals last minute due to their original vendors ghosting them. Don’t let this happen to you and hire someone who knows what they are doing from the very beginning.

#2 Hiring a student photographer for your wedding can lead to lost images, unusable images, or your photographer could back out of your wedding at the last minute for a better opportunity ( it happens SOOO often.)

#3 Cut your guest count and hire Tiny Luxe Weddings - The ONLY wedding company in the Midwest saving couples tons of money with still giving them a LUXURY wedding!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments…

I hope you got some use out of this little list and please remember to pay it forward and send other brides this way for 5 unique ways to save on your wedding.

Do you have your own money or sanity saving tips?  Please share them in the comments, we would love to hear!