How to Save Money when Planning a Wedding

October 22, 2014
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It’s safe to say that a Saturday in June is the most popular day of the week in the most popular month to get married.  September is also a popular month to get married because like June, in most areas of the country, the weather is not too cold nor too hot.  July and August will fill up fast with couples who didn’t book their June or September dates early enough.

So June, September then closely following July and August are the most expensive months to get married.  Vendors are in demand during these peak times so you can expect to pay about 30% more for wedding costs (catering, flowers, attire, accessories, decorations, photography).  February and December can also be pricier due to demand.  Not necessarily from other weddings but from Valentines Day and Christmas/Holiday parties. Many individuals and companies use the same venues and vendors for those gatherings.

winter weddingJanuary, March, April, and November are the least expensive months to get married.

There is the least amount of competition and vendor prices are lower than during the peak months.

The least expensive days of the week to get married are weekdays and Sundays.

Ceremony and reception site rental rates are less expensive; Hotel rates are lower; and airfares are cheaper.  Think about how much money you and your guests could save if you’re married on a Tuesday, for example.  You and your guests receive less expensive accommodations and leaving for your honeymoon on a Wednesday could save you money as compared booking travel on a highly sought after Sunday flight.

Since paying for everyone’s food and drink accounts for a large part of wedding budgets, try changing the time of your wedding and incorporate the following options to save even more money:

  • A 9 a.m. ceremony followed by an elegant brunch: Breakfast food is much cheaper than lunch or dinner fare, and you can fill out the menu with fresh fruit, made-to-order omelet stations, and delicious breads and pastries.

  • A 2 p.m. wedding with a cake reception: Serve cake and a variety of beverages (punch, coffee, tea, and soda). You also can include a chocolate fountain with fresh fruit, graham crackers, and pretzels for dipping.

  • A 4 p.m. wedding followed by a cocktail party: Arrange for butler-passed hors d’oeuvres and stations with cheese, crackers, fruit, and veggies.

What do you think about having or attending a wedding outside of the popular Saturday evening time frame?  Have you or someone you know gotten married on a day other than Saturday? Can you think of other ways to save money on a wedding?  We’d love to hear your ideas.

Thinking of having a winter wedding?  Check out our Winter Wedding Ideas Board on Pinterest.

– S.O.

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