Getting married is one of the most exciting times in your life! But, this season of preparing comes with a lot: lots of priorities to juggle, lots of things to plan and prepare for, and (of course), lots of expenses.
When it came time for Zack and I to tour venues and research vendors, we were blown away. It absolutely blew Zack and I's minds just how much the average person pays for their wedding. We are very intentional with our finances and with what we spend our money on; so when it came to planning a wedding, this was no exception. We learned a lot along the way, and were able to (in just eight months) pay for our wedding 100% in cash and come out of it debt free. This is totally do-able; and today I want to share how you can do the same.
Having a beautiful wedding day doesn't have to break the bank! Here are some of our best tips:
Tip No. 1: Prioritize before you plan.
Pick your top three priorities and allocate the most of your budget towards those. For us, our top priority was making sure our loved ones had a great time, and having an awesome reception. Which meant that the biggest parts of our wedding budget were: venue, food, and the DJ.
And if I do say so myself, our wedding reception was a BLAST! We had sooo much fun and so many amazing memories were made! (And so many stories we can look back on and laugh on forever...including everyone seeing the horror on Zack's face when I did the WAP in front of his family HAHA!) So, we were so glad we prioritized how we did!
Tip No. 2: Save on Florals
We chose to rent fake florals instead of buying fresh bouquets...and y'all...HUNDREDS of dollars were saved on this move alone! Our bouquets, arbor sways, boutonnieres and corsages were all rented through Something Borrowed Blooms. We had great customer service, great prices, and they were so beautiful. No one could tell they weren't real florals.
Tip No. 3: Rent decor
This was another thing that saved us hundred of dollars. I know it's so tempting to buy everything and to want to do decorations on your own (especially if you're a creative type, like me)! But trust me, you're never going to use the stuff again. It'll cost more and just end up being clutter one day. Like, come on, what are you going to do with twenty centerpieces? We rented through a local business, Vintage Prophouse, and were thrilled with our experience.
Tip No. 4: Buy Your Own Alcohol
You'd be amazed at the price differential between getting alcohol through your cater or venue and buying it yourselves. Run the numbers and go with the most cost effective option. We bought al of our wedding alcohol at somewhere where that we could return the excess. After the wedding we were able to return what we didn't use and get a
few hundred dollars back!
Tip No. 5: Rent Your Groomsmen Tuxes
This was another way we saved big. Buying tuxes/suits is super costly--which ends up sucking not only for your groom, but for his groomsmen, too! A big priority of ours was to make being in our wedding affordable for our friends, too! We rented our groomsmen suits through The Black Tux and had a great experience! You send in your measurements, and they send you the tux--then you just return it after your event! Super simple and hassle free!