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Money Saving Tips For Your Wedding

If you’re starting to plan your wedding – Congratulations!  This is a major event in your life and you want to make it special.  To get you thinking we compiled a few tips and tricks that just might save you some money.  But we can’t take all the credit.  Most of these tips come from couples that actually used them when planning their wedding.

Don’t look at these as set-in-stone.  You may want to make some modifications.  Some couples will find a few of these work perfectly.  Other couples may, use them all.  Even if you don’t use any of them, at least it got you thinking.  If you’re wanting to see our wedding images here is our wedding portfolio.

#1 CONSIDER NON-SATURDAY WEDDING

Everything from Venues to Photographers get booked for weekend weddings.  It’s just a good time for any event.  However, those same places are empty during the week.  Even changing from a Saturday Wedding to a Sunday afternoon wedding can be 50-70% percent less than a Saturday event.

You might also get a discount from DJ, band and photographers.  If you have a lot of guests coming from out-of-town, this might not work for you.  But a Sunday afternoon wedding could be a perfect solution.

SAVE 50-70% ON SOME VENUES BY HAVING A NON-SATURDAY WEDDING

#2 RECYCLE A WEDDING DRESS

Recycle a wedding dress – Say What!  Don’t shoot me.  I’m just throwing out some ideas.  I know all brides want to be unique.  And you will be.  But I know most all wedding dresses go straight to the cleaners, where it’s cleaned, pressed and well-preserved in a special container.  Never to be seen again.  You just might find that your mothers dress is a perfect style.  How would it feel knowing that you’re wearing the same wedding dress that your mother worn 24 years before?  Not to mention, how your mother would feel seeing her dress on her daughter.  Dad may even get a little choked up seeing it again.

#3 SKIMP ON SHOES

Many brides today are already doing this.  Everything from sneakers to ballet shoes are common.  Mostly because of comfort.  The dress is going to cover the shoes.  So, save that 100-200 dollars and wear cheaper slippers.

wedding couple setting by lake after ceremony cohutta springs lodge, chatsworth, ga

#4 USE SUITS INSTEAD OF TUX

This is another thing that is already common practice.  So, the bride wants a new dress.  That’s understandable.  But many grooms will gladly wear blue jeans and vest.  Step up just a little and get a suit, you’ll save money, plus you’ll have something to show for your money after the wedding.

 #5 RENT OR BORROW A SOUND SYSTEM

With today’s technology, the hottest tunes are at your fingertips.  Just patch your playlist into the sound system and you’ve got instant party tunes.  The biggest mistake I see couples making here is not having speakers to fill the dance floor.  I promise if you want people to dance, you’re going to need some volume to get them on their feet.  If dancing is not a priority, then just about any speakers will work.

CUT CATERING COST 100%
HAVE GUEST BRING A SACK LUNCH!
HOW BOW DAH..

Okay, my wife didn’t think that was a good idea either.

#6 CONSIDER A NON-TRADITIONAL WEDDING DRESS

This is perfect for backyard or casual wedding.  Wedding dresses are beautiful no question about that.  But they can be a major expense in your wedding budget.  A simple but elegant dress might be something to consider.  Either way you’ll look awesome.  But this way you’ll look beautiful and have a pocket full of money to go with it.

 

#7 THINK ABOUT A “BACKYARD” WEDDING

This doesn’t have to be in your backyard.  It could be at a friend’s house or in a field by the big oak tree.   Make sure your friend know you’re coming.  Surprise weddings are not always fun.  We wrote another article, Chris and Leah’s Awesome Wedding, that covers this very thing.  We have seen these types weddings double in our booking for this year.  We are cautious about saying this is a trend – but you never know how things will pan out.

 

#8 LOOK FOR VENUES THAT ARE OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM

There are locations in your area that you think would host weddings.  These are places like historic locations that you look at as a place to have a family picnic.  Some of these places rent space for less than $200 for the day.  Add a few inexpensive decorations and you’ve got a beautiful outdoor wedding.

# Bonus Section

This is really not a money saving tip.  But it is something that will help in planning.  Take a deep breath, relax and take everything one step at a time.  Don’t try to get everything done in one day.  Trying to get everything done too fast will drive you crazy. 

FIND YOUR VENUE

The venue is very date specific.  Meaning that once somebody books a date it’s removed from availability.  It’s first come first serve.

SELECT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

The same things that apply to wedding venues, apply to photographers.  If you are positive on the photographer you want to use – make that contact, TODAY!

If you’re not sure which wedding photographer you want to use, then check out the ones in your area.  Start with a Google Search, “wedding photographer in dalton, ga” or “wedding photographers near me“.  Then check the results (here is our portfolio) and find someone that fits your style.

Many couples make the mistake of using social media as their first search tool.  The most effective search begins with a google search, then look at their social media pages if you like.

Doesn’t a google search list your competitors?  Sure.  We book our share of weddings but this is just good general advise for you.  If you select us as your wedding photographer, great.  If not, then it’s important you select a photographer that is a best fit for you.  It is not our intention to drive away business.  But it is our intention to give you the best advice possible.

DO YOU HAVE SOME MORE IDEAS?

Please leave comments and ideas in the comments below.  Maybe you’ll help someone else in the process.

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Bill is part of the photography team at Bill & Jessica Photography.His background in software development and networking, includes working at the Pentagon, Washington, DC. While he still is involved in computers and web development, it's his love for photography that gets him where he is today.
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