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193 Branthaven St, Ottawa, ON K4A0H7
A wedding is the biggest day of most people’s lives. It’s also possibly the most expensive day of their lives too.
You do not need to reduce the awesomeness of a wedding to save money on it. We’ve got sme amazing tips that prove it.
So, don’t start married life in debt, just have an unforgettably wonderful wedding.
Saturday is when everyone gets married and thus, it’s the day that costs the most to get married on. Shift your special day to Friday or Sunday and watch the costs drop by up to 25%!
Wedding invitations in wonderful lettering in raised fonts are awesome. But there’s no need to spend that kind of money on insert cards. Print them flat, they’ll be fine.
It’s 2022, you don’t have to send out printed wedding invites at all. However, if you really must, consider using a cheaper card stock for them, it will save you hundreds of dollars and no-oone else will notice.
As with Saturdays, there are “peak times” of year for weddings, if you can avoid those times? The costs of venues, catering, etc. will all drop.
Venues used traditionally for weddings tend to put large markups on wedding rental. If you opt for a restaurant, a pub, a big beach house, etc. you get to make your wedding unique and save a small fortune.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Many venues will happily include tables, chairs, tablecloths, etc. in the rental fee if you ask them to. This can save thousands for a big wedding.
Look. Nobody needs a handmade unique wedding dress. The only person who will know is you. Go to a department store, pick something beautiful, they will tailor it and you’ll save hundreds.
A wedding happens once in a lifetime. You don’t need to buy accessories for it. Ask friends and family to borrow awesome accessories and save, potentially, thousands of dollars.
Florists may have a warehouse full of excess inventory. If they do? They’ll be happy to sell it cheap, give it away or lend it to you for a song.
You don’t need to buy specially made decorations for your wedding. Hit up a craft store and make your own for a fraction of the cost. They’ll be just as good too.
The easiest way to run up a huge flower bill is to ask for blooms that aren’t in season. Stick to flowers that grow locally at the right time of year and you can keep costs way down.
Don’t say “yes” to the first menu you see. Ask for a range of menu options, you’d be amazed at how much prices can vary for slightly different menus. Opt for nice, but not bank-breaking.
Keep the bar simple and relatively low cost. The fewer options the better. If the venue serves a “cocktail special” ask them to serve it in small glasses, most people try these and don’t finish them anyway. You do not need to treat your guests to Macallan 25-year-old for them to have a good time.
Don’t rent two sets of seats for the day. Use the same chairs for the ceremony and the reception. Even if you have to pay a “moving fee” it’ll be cheaper than renting twice.
You don’t need a specially designed wedding cake, either. Store bought is fine. They look great and taste just as good but can cost hundreds of dollars less. It’s highly unlikely that anyone would notice this and even if they did? So what? They’re still getting cake, right?
It’s best to only offer a “plus one” when you know both people in a couple. But don’t bend this rule if you implement it, or some people will feel hurt. Otherwise, there’s no need to buy a complete stranger a meal and drinks – it’s your special day, not theirs.
Cut down the guest list to people that you either really love or really have some sort of obligation to. Smaller ceremonies are nicer and cheaper. It’s your special day and the more interaction that you have with your guests, the more special it will feel. This is easiest when numbers are kept down.
Photography, quite rightly, can get expensive. So, why not ask the photographer to cover the ceremony and say an hour or two of the reception rather than the whole thing? The fewer hours they work, the less they cost.
Please don’t ask photographers to work for “exposure” but you can get a better deal on photography for a new and upcoming talent than a long-established local pro. So, do shop around.
It’s easy to save money on weddings without putting a damper on your enjoyment of the big day. It really is better to start married life solvent than carrying around a huge debt for a single day – you have the rest of your life to spend together, don’t forget that.
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