Your Wedding Budget: Saving Money Without Compromising Quality

Getting married is one of the most important days of our lives. We spend hours pinning pictures to Pinterest, and want all the glamorous photos we see in wedding magazines. But we also have to save money for practical reasons. So, what’s a girl to do? It’s important to know that cutting costs doesn’t always mean cutting quality. It all depends on how smart you plan your budget.

Believe it or not, there are many areas where you can cut costs for your wedding. But be sure to pay attention to some key details so that you will not sacrifice quality.

Your Wedding Photography and/or Videography: A professional usually charges anywhere from $1,000-$3,000. To cut costs, you may be tempted to ask a friend or relative to take pictures or videotape your day–but if they have not taken the time to master their craft, that’s a no-no. Your pictures and video will let you and your spouse relive the moments from your wedding weeks, months, and years into the future. If you really need to cut costs, try asking around in some photography clubs or colleges. Some people view photography as a hobby, and would not mind charging you lower prices. One way to test their skills is to pay him/her to do your engagement photos first. If you are satisfied with the results, then you can contract that person for your wedding day.

Your Wedding Venue. If you’re thinking of saving money by getting married at your home or the residence of a friend or relative free of charge, make sure that the house is comfortable enough for guests to gather and mingle so that they are able to enjoy the celebration. Know that you may end up paying hefty fees to bring in all the necessary accessories–such as flowers, chairs, tables, linens, food and drink, liquor, servers, and so much more. Take the time to map out the logistics with a wedding planner before making any decisions. Then try to find a good venue that matches your style, budget, and already has all the necessary amenities, then compare prices. You may find that using a venue is more cost effective and a lot less stressful.

Your Flowers. Yes, they are beautiful and easily create feelings of romance–but they also come with a price tag. Some floral vendors may be significantly cheaper, but be careful that you’re not getting poor quality flowers. You want your flowers to be fresh and vibrant throughout the ceremony and reception! However, you can cut costs here by requesting flowers that are in season. Any good florist will be happy to provide this information for you! Another option is to have your wedding in a garden, which creates the same romantic vibe without having to purchase as many flowers. If you choose a grand centerpiece, remember that it does not have to be all flowers. Talk to your floral designer about pairing your flowers with candles and other tabletop decor to create your desired effect.

There are plenty of other inexpensive options to consider for your wedding. Overall, the most important thing is to properly plan your budget. You can cut costs without compromising quality for your guests, while creating memories that last a lifetime for you and your future spouse.

Kaycia Rhone