Wedding budgets and costs are always a hot topic with clients. Weddings are expensive, there’s no shying away from that and for those who know me, I am a firm believer in doing everything to the fullest. If you’re going to throw a wedding, do it right and don’t skip on the guest experience or your own. The last thing I want to see on wedding day is your family setting up florals, décor, chairs, you name it. If you are going to spend the money, do it the right way and not on the little things no one notices. Here’s our list of items you can easily ditch to save your wedding budget, while still providing guests with an amazing experience.
Our great pal Kaytee owner of Roots Floral Design, mentioned this in our post on ways to save on your floral budget and we couldn’t agree more! Personal flowers add up so quickly and can easily save you a couple hundred dollars to use on something else you’ve been dreaming of having at your wedding. Ditch the boutonnieres, flower crowns and corsages – they wilt after 30 minutes anyway and no one will know the difference. We still recommend keeping bridesmaids flowers. They add a beautiful lush feeling or pop of color in photos.
If you are okay with skipping the traditions, ditch the programs. You have no idea how many programs we pick up after the ceremony or find in the trash can. While the ceremony is the most important part of the day, it’s so short and guests are there to celebrate you & your significant other. If you want to include information on the bridal party, your wedding website is a great free place to do that!
These are also in the same boat as programs. We pick up so many favors at the end of the night. It’s totally okay not to have favors – we get that question a ton! If you really want to do something, use that portion of your wedding budget for a guest experience at the reception. One, it makes your event unique and guests will love it. Two, your money is going to good use instead of back in the box of décor we drop off after the wedding. I still talk about it to this day – my favorite “favor” a couple did was a tequila tasting during the late-night snack.
Online RSVPs through The Knot or other similar websites can be a controversial thing. Yes, it’s not traditional by any means, but it’s an easy way to save time and money if you are down with the new wave of wedding trends. You save money not only on the RSVP card and envelope, but also the addressing fees and postage.
Yes, I said it. Feel free to ditch the cake if it’s not your thing. So many couples don’t like cake that much, but feel like they need to have it. Cake servings add up and there a many more cost-efficient desserts out there!
If you have any questions about wedding budgets or ways to cut back on costs, feel free to reach out. We would love to chat!
Photography: Danielle Harris Photography