Weddings can add up quickly. But with some strategic planning, you can create an amazing, memorable day while cutting down on your expenses. Here are some helpful tips on how to save money on your wedding.
Choose Off-Peak Times
If you really want to shave down your wedding budget, consider the timeframe of your wedding day. A winter wedding planned for a Friday or Sunday can save you thousands since these tend to be less popular.
Start Dress Shopping Early
If you can, start shopping for your dress as early as possible. Ideally, we recommend doing this at least 9 months from your wedding day. This will give you ample time to find the right dress and avoid spending any extra fees for getting a rush on any needed alternations. Also, many bridal shops have deals throughout the year. Make sure to follow their social media page to keep up-to-date on any discounts.
Buy from a Sample Rack
You can also save big by purchasing your dress from a sample sale. Ask the boutique if they have any samples that they are selling.
Hire a Newbie Photographer
You don’t need the best of the best photographer to snap some beautiful shots. These can come at a very hefty price. Instead, look for a photographer who is just starting to build their portfolio and career. You can view samples of their work and still get amazing, professional photos for a great price. Plus, new photographers always put in loads of effort since they want glowing reviews from each client as they build up their reputation.
Add More Greenery to Your Bouquets
A great way to save on flower arrangements is to add more greenery to your bouquets and table displays. There is a wide variety of beautiful greenery to choose from that will look elegant in your flower arrangements and save you money.
Embrace the concept of minimalism by focusing on what you really love and want. You don’t need a million different decorations or centrepieces, escort cards, or bulky two-ply invitations. In this day and age, less is more, and it’s a better strategy for your budget too.
Use a Venue that Does it All
Having to outsource each component of your wedding day, like the caterer, or audio and visual equipment, can really eat into your budget. The best way to save is to book a venue that offers it all in-house. This way, you’re paying one fee and saving more.
St. Elias Centre in Ottawa offers everything you need to make your big day magical, without spending excessively. Our modern venue is flexible to accommodate small or larger size weddings, and we offer in-house catering to make your planning process simple. Contact us today to learn more about our services and venue.