The average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is $35,329.00, according to a survey conducted by The Knot but not all couples spend that much money on a wedding. There are plenty of people getting married who are watching every penny they are spending on their wedding. If they are careful in their choices, there are several ways they are finding to have a wedding on the cheap.
How to save money planning your wedding
One of the easiest ways to lower the cost of a wedding is to reduce the number of people on the guest list. You might be saying, “that’s impossible!”, but believe it or not, there are ways to accomplish a small wedding without offending half the people you know.
- Have a simple, intimate wedding with only close family and friends;
- Invoke the rule “no ring, no bring” and avoid allowing all the single people that “plus one”
- Have an “adults only” wedding, thereby eliminating all children.
You might have to answer some uncomfortable questions at first, but you can always blame the short guest list on the limited space at the venue.
An affordable wedding venue
Now that you don’t have a huge number of guests, you can pick a smaller, more intimate ceremony venue. And, if you are careful in your venue search, you should be able to find one that has the look you want, without requiring a lot of extra costly decorating. You might consider getting married outside and letting nature take care of the decorations – maybe in someone’s backyard or at a public park.
Timing matters when planning your wedding
Fewer guests also means less food and alcohol at the reception. A wedding reception that occurs earlier in the day versus an evening wedding can likewise help you control the type and amount of food and alcohol you serve. You might consider a reception venue that allows you to bring your own caterer and alcohol to escape any possible markup on costs.
Wedding photos and hashtags
Take advantage of today’s fancy technology by letting your friends be your photographers! In today’s world, everyone has their phone with them all the time and they are constantly snapping photos.
There are some wonderful apps, like Veri, for instance, that allow you to invite your guests to share all the photos they take at your wedding to one site.
No more waiting for your guests to send you the photos they took. What you may lose in quality, you hopefully make up for in quantity!
Plan your affordable Kansas City Wedding
At the Plaza Wedding Chapel, we pride ourselves on helping you create a memorable, intimate and affordable wedding. And no one will ever know how much money you saved! Check out our celebration lookbook or contact us for a free 30-minute consultation.
Now you can use all that money you have saved and spend it on a fabulous honeymoon or use it as a down payment on a house!