Saving on your wedding

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If you recently got engaged, congratulations! Planning for your wedding is exciting but can be daunting and darn expensive too! The average cost of a wedding in Canada is over $ 30 000, but it certainly doesn’t mean you have to spend that much. Here are a few savings ideas.

Date & Planning

  •  Skip both the Summer season and the Saturday: these are the most expensive. Opt for out-of-season instead. Sunday is the cheapest day of the week to tie the knot. Serving brunch or lunch instead of dinner will save you big bucks.
  • Shorten your engagement: instead of waiting for a full-year, aim for 6 to 8 months. It will help you zero-in on what is important to you.
  • Consider hiring a wedding planner: it seems counterproductive but it can actually be worth it. Wedding planners can save you both time and money. They know vendors, how to negotiate and work on a budget.

Clothes, shoes & jewelry

  • Rent your dress and tuxedo or buy second-hand.
  • Buy shoes you can reuse.
  • Borrow items from family and close friends, such as the veil or jewelry

Food and Alcohol

  • Limit both food and beverage choices. Instead of having an open bar, stick to the wine-beer-bubbly. Same with food, have 2-3 options, instead of never-ending menu choices.
  • Have a buffet instead of a sit-down service.
  • Go to a restaurant instead of having caterers. Restaurants won’t charge you for the chairs and tables, transportation and set-up.
  • Have a smaller, simpler cake. Wedding cakes are expensive because of labor costs.

Guests and invitations

  • Be selective. Do you absolutely need your co-workers to be present? What about that third cousin you haven’t seen in 10 years?
  • Stay in town. Destination weddings cost a ton.
  • Go digital and online. You can create your website and e-mail invitations instead of mailing them. You will save on both stationary and postage.

Flowers and accessories

  • Keep it simple. The more elaborate , the more expensive.
  • Stay in season and local. You will save a lot if your florist doesn’t have to import exotic flowers. Use your flowers for both the ceremony and reception, or you can have a single centerpiece.
  • Use candles instead of flowers at your reception

Photographer, hairdresser, make-up artist etc…

  • Hire a student or a recent grad
  • Ask a relative or a friend

These are only a few examples. The most interesting tip might be to avoid saying the word “wedding”. It does end-up costing you more!

How did you save on your own wedding? Please, let us know.

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