We’ve all heard of the term ballin’ on a budget, but have you heard about bridin’ on a budget?

Check out these tricks to keeping costs down-or at least in check, when it comes to planning out your wedding.

I bet you didn’t even think of some!

Skip signature drinks. There are a lot of additional costs when having these served at your reception. If your signature drink includes alcohol that is already in your package, you will end up paying double for that type of alcohol. It seems like it should already be included, but that’s not normally the case. If you plan on doing a signature drink, we suggest using liquor that isn’t already included in your package, not technically having a signature drink, but suggesting to guests what to order from already supplied ingredients or taking advantage of using a complimentary champagne toast and adding a fun garnish, like raspberries.

Check the chairs. Sometimes banquet chairs can be downright ugly; examine the chairs while you’re taking your venue tour to see what is included. If you have to end up ordering chairs or covers, this could cost you.

Tax and gratuity-per guest. Something couples fail to factor in is guest tax and gratuity on dinner and bar services. Sure, $30 per person seems like a steal, but chances are you haven’t received the true total per guest. This will come as a surprise when your total balance is due.


Leave out custom linens.
Look into what your caterer or venue offers as a linen package. Many vendors have this included into the contract and this will save you a chunk of change, especially if the linens are floor length. Want to add a specialty touch? Doing custom colored napkins will jazz up each place setting, without costing you as much.


Guest lists
-this is the number one indicator of what your overall budget will be. This is the hardest place to cut, but will give you the largest return on your dollar. Even cutting 10 guests will impact your budget largely. Not only are you cutting out meals, but you are cutting out bar costs and possibly chair, table and linen rentals.
Forgo the favors. This is an easy one; if you’re not sold on giving something to your guests, don’t. Keep in mind that unless they’re edibles, they’ll often times be left behind or thrown in the trash at the end of the night.

Pricey Paper Goods. Paper goods are something I can definitely find myself splurging on, but if you’re trying to keep spending to the minimum, go with a simple, lightweight invite. Postage costs add up if you send something with layers a bulk-something I’m sure wouldn’t cross your mind until you’re checking out at the post office line.

To put everything in perspective, take a peek at this handy chart breakdown of what you should expect to spend.

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-JM