The Ultimate Wedding Budget Checklist

30 Money Saving Ways To Stick To Your Wedding Budget with this Ultimate Wedding Budget Checklist.

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  • Cut the guest list. This will slash your catering costs and save on invitations and even the number of centerpieces.
  • Think off-peak season and save thousands!
  • Hold your ceremony and reception in one spot — it will cut travel time for vendors you pay by the hour.
  • Skip the Saturday wedding.
  • Have bigger tables so you need fewer centerpieces and tablecloths.
  • Shop the off-season for extra decor. Get modern black vases on sale after Halloween and pretty pink ones after Valentine’s Day.

Food & Drink

  • Serve entree duets.
  • Skip hand pass appetizers
  • Offer beer, wine, and a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.
  • Serve comfort foods like barbecue chicken, mac and cheese, and corn. It’s fun and often cheaper.
  • Skip the champagne toast.

Stationary & Favors

  • Get single-page invites to save on postage.
  • Give out one favor per couple.
  • Make your cake the favors.
  • Have favors double as escort cards.
  • Email your save-the-dates.
  • Make your own menu cards, escort cards, and wedding favor packaging.

Wedding Flowers

  • Use more greenery than flowers.
  • Swap out costly flowers. Did you know peonies can be five times more expensive than roses?
  • Stick to just one or two kinds of flowers.
  • Buy flowers that are in season.
  • Include non-florals, like lanterns.

Wedding Cake

  • Order a small one or two-tiered cake. Supplement cake with a larger sheet cake (hidden back in the kitchen).
  • Keep the add-ons simple.
  • Use fresh flowers, not sugar ones.
  • Reuse ceremony flowers for the cake table.
  • Skip exotic fillings like guava and mango.

Photo, Video, & Music

    • Bundle & Save with a company that offers ALL 3 Services (hint, hint!)
    • Have a photographer you love but can’t afford the prices? Ask about entry level packages.
    • Hire a single maned videography team.
    • Hire a wedding DJ who can do both the ceremony and the reception.
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