Weddings on a Budget

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Have a Killer Wedding Celebration without Breaking the Bank

The average wedding last year cost $31,213, according to The Knot’s 2014 Real Weddings Study. Don’t go into a wide-eyed glaze just yet. Although that average may be reason enough to give you cold feet, it’s exactly what it’s called: an average. Websites like The Knot or WeddingWire, although great for inspiration and ideas, don’t always consider ways to cut corners on budget while still making sure you have an awesome celebration.

The key to having a perfect wedding without having to eat ramen for years after is prioritizing your wants and needs. If you can’t see yourself getting married without the finest décor around, maybe you’ll have to choose a more affordable caterer or a smaller wedding party. If you insist on walking down the aisle in the most unique dress, you might have to spend less on the cake or cut down on the number of mouths to feed.

Whatever your “non-negotiables” might be, be sure to reserve, book or make those purchases before anything else. Although there are a lot of numbers out there – average price of venue, DJ, furniture rentals, etc. – know that, be prepared to spend above that for a sought-after, reputable company.

According to the same survey from The Knot, 45 percent of couples went over budget on their wedding last year. Prioritizing the facets of your wedding you care about most will make it easier to cut your budget on less important things further down the line.

Once you’ve got your list of “non-negotiables,” now it’s time to save on everything else. Below are some tips on how to plan a wedding on a budget.

The Venue

If you want to save on your venue, remember to consider everything that will need to go inside of it. Outdoor parks or public spaces may be cheaper to reserve but you’ll likely have to spend more on renting tables and chairs or adding extra decor. One way to make up for furniture rental costs is by having the reception and the ceremony in the same place.

The Menu

Not picky about the food? The easiest way to save on food and drink is to provide your own and ask family and friends to help out. If you don’t come from a family of sous chefs, another way to save is by serving heavy appetizers rather than a five-course meal and find a venue where you can bring your own booze.

The Entertainment

It’s not a wedding until someone does something regretful on the dance floor. Entertainment is a huge part of a wedding reception but there are ways to save. If you’re debating between a live band and a DJ, you’ll save money on a DJ. Plus, if you pick the right DJ (insert shameless plug here), they’ll be taking care of much more than just the music that night! If you insist on a live band, try hiring student musicians or someone you know. Stay local if you can to avoid higher rates for the band’s travel costs.

When planning a wedding on a budget, it’s important to be flexible while making sure you end up with a celebration you love. At Unique Events, we understand that need for flexibility and strive to meet your needs within your budget. Request a consultation today and let us help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

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