1. Save room in your bridal gown budget for alterations | Alterations to bridal gowns generally cost extra money, and nearly all gowns will require some level of alteration. I recommend estimating alterations to cost between $300 and $600. This is, of course, an estimate which changed based on the design of the dress and the amount of alteration being performed. So, keeping this in mind when picking a dress can help you stay in your budget! 2. Limit the bar options | While many people frown upon cash bars, they are actually becoming more and more common in the wedding industry. Picking several wine and beer options for your guests is a very easy way to be respectful of your budget because wedding guests generally consume less alcohol with a limited bar, thus putting valuable pennies back in your pocket.
3. Reconsider your centerpieces | Wedding day flowers can often become pricey. Luckily, there are many different options when it comes to centerpieces. Whether you opt for candle displays or simply decorate the table with a single flower, your tables will still look elegant while reducing your decorating costs.
4. Rent, rent, rent! | While DIY work can be a fun part of the wedding process for members of the wedding party, there are many items (i.e. vases, candle votives, lighting, chargers, etc.) that can be rented. Rentals allow you to enjoy your wedding day without being stuck with items you’ll never use again when the day is done, and they are usually cheaper than buying the items brand new.
5. Serve less food | Providing heavier hors d’oeuvre options during cocktail hour can give you license to serve less courses during your reception dinner, thus saving you money on your catering bill. Your guests can snack on filling foods during cocktail hour, allowing for more time to dance and celebrate (BONUS: more spending money for your honeymoon).