Red: Pork chops? I thought we agreed to stick to a budget! Pork chops aren’t cheap!Kitty: Well, you know, on the way to the market, I tried to run over a cat. But they are just so darn speedy! –That 70s Show
I always knew weddings could be expensive, but I was ignorant to just how much they could cost. I just assumed I could budget and I could still have a nice wedding. But living in Sonoma County I’ve been struggling to find any venue within our small budget. I considered having the wedding in Oregon, but it would be too hard to plan a wedding a state away.
I found this site that talks about Â 30 Ways to Save Money and I got the idea that I should come up with a few ways to save money for our wedding. I came up with 10, and maybe you all can give me some more money saving tips. It’s not like I need some fancy over the top affair, but I just don’t want it to be obviously low budget. Here’s my list so far:
- Smaller guest list-because caterers and venues charge based on the guest list, this is the first place we’re cutting back. It’s difficult to choose who should come and who shouldn’t though!
- Skip on the wedding favors. If we do decide to get any, we’ll use]coupon codes and get them online.
- No minister-we’re going to ask one of our close friends to officiate so not only will we save money, but it will mean more to have a friend marry us.
- Less flowers-because I want a Fall wedding, I want to use more leaves to decorate rather than flowers.
- No bridal party-Match and I are each others best friends, and we really don’t have anyone we want to stand up with us. We care about all of our friends equally and don’t want to choose.
- Both a ceremony/reception site. It’s cheaper and it will cut down on things like insurance for the limo which we’re also not getting.
- Small wedding cake-I definitely want a pretty cake, but I don’t want to pay a fortune for it. So we’re thinking of having a small cake for cutting and for pictures, and then we’ll serve a sheet cake for the guests. As long as it still tastes good!
- Printing our own invitations-There are so many sites out there now that offer cheap invitations, or templates to print your own. I’m not going to waste money on fancy invitations that will just get thrown away.
- Hire a photography student-I’m thinking of seeing if there is a student at the nearby college looking to expand their portfolio. They might be cheaper than some of the professional photographers in the area.
- Having the wedding on a Friday-I’m toying with this idea, but I’m not sure how easy it will be since we have guests coming from out of town. I know it would save a lot on the venue though
What are some ways you saved money for your wedding? What were things you wished you had skipped on and things you wish you hadn’t?