Call it a benefit of the Great Recession: the average cost of a wedding has dropped 30 percent from a high of $29,000 in 2007 to today’s mere $20,000, according to The Wedding Report. If you or someone you know is headed down the aisle sometime soon, here’s how to save even more.
According to an article on MSNBC, one money-saving key is to refrain from mentioning the word “wedding” when getting quotes from various service providers. That includes rehearsal dinner venues, reception halls, florists, musicians, and more. One Boston television station contacted 11 venues asking for quotes for a wedding reception. Later, they called again, asking about the cost of hosting a retirement party on the same date. Eight of the venues charged more for the wedding reception.
The article also suggested getting married in the wedding off-season (November 1st – March 31st), use “non-traditional” retailers (think Costco for favors, flowers, and even rings), and provide your own music via MP3 player.
- Held their reception at the home of a relative
- Bought various items on eBay (veil, tiara, flower girl basket) and at Costco (beverages)
- Scheduled their wedding for early afternoon so that reception food consisted of heavy appetizers instead of a full meal
- Made their own wedding guest favors
Jan, who has helped several children with their weddings, recommended:
- Opt for a stand-up buffet instead of a sit-down meal
- Offer beer, wine, and soft drinks only (no open bar)
- Hold the wedding on a weeknight
Erin wrote with several money-saving ideas used at her own wedding, including:
- Designing her own wedding programs
- Having a relative make wedding favors
What money saving ideas did you use at your wedding or see at someone else’s wedding?