5 Tips to Save Money on Your Wedding
Photo: Blue Elephant Photography
Between the firework entrance, water lined walk down the aisle, and stunning gold-lined gown, the wedding scene in Crazy Rich Asians (2018) had us all gasping at that level of extra, and maybe secretly wishing that could be us on our big day. Unfortunately, not all of us can have an all-expenses, crazy-rich wedding because, you know, we have car payments and stuff. That’s okay! By following these tips, you can have the crazy-amazing wedding of your dreams without blowing your budget.
Keep Track of Your Spending
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Unless you’re an accountant (and if you are, kudos to you), the thought of tracking expenses probably won’t bring a smile to your face, but it’s super important to grit your teeth and do so. Carefully tracking your spending is the only way to be sure you know exactly how much you have spent and where you have room to splurge a little. Don’t worry; we’ve got a few tips to help make this less painful. First, if you are a do-it-yourselfer, create a spreadsheet! Take a picture of your receipts after each wedding-related purchase to easily update the running totals. Create columns for different areas of your wedding across the top, such as flowers, decor, food, etc. Enter each expense into its appropriate category and total everything up at the bottom. If making a spreadsheet seems a little overwhelming, there are lots of resources to help you. A quick google search of “wedding budget apps” will give you plenty of options; you just need to find the one that fits your budget tracking needs. One that may work for you is Track My Spend which allows you to input your expenses and divide them into sections.
Get the Most From Your Venue
Photos: Shelby Lea
Your venue is going to be one of the biggest expenses for your wedding, so find one that will give you the most bang for your budget. You’ll need something clean and beautifully designed that won’t require tons of dressing up. Here at NOAH’S, we are proud to offer stylish buildings that you can dress up or dress down as much as you like. We can also help by taking care of the tables and chairs and setting the mood through customizable lighting options. If you would like to add a little more pizzaz, we have decor and ceiling packages available as well.
Shop Around For Vendors
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It may be tempting to jump to the first florist or caterer that comes to mind, but it may cost you! We recommend checking around for local vendors. Sometimes with just a bit of effort, you can find a gem that may not be as well known but can deliver stunning quality work with a much lower price tag. Unsure of where to look? Our beautiful MOMENTS magazine displays photos and descriptions of all of our preferred vendors in your area. To find your local issue of MOMENTS, navigate to your location on the NOAH’S Event Venue website, and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Rent Your Dress
Photo: Avonne Photography
With bridal shoots, the ceremony, and the reception combined, it’s possible you’ll wear this dress for less than 10 hours. Of course, your dress is important, but do you really want to spend a huge chunk of cash on something that is just going to be shoved to the back of your closet after one use? Renting your dress is a great way to save money while also getting the perfect gown—one that you may not be able to afford if you purchase it outright. Wedding dress rental boutiques are growing in popularity, so check around to find one near you!
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You’ve prepared the ceremony space of your dreams, and there’s no reason that those elements can’t be displayed during the reception. Reusing decor will keep your reception and ceremony from feeling disconnected, and eliminates the need to purchase extra decor. You can have your ceremony in NOAH’S beautiful Ceremony Room or grand Main Hall, then move everyone out to the patio for a breath of fresh air during cocktail hour. When your guests return, the event space will be completely transformed, and no one will bat an eye at your recycled decor.
Your wedding should be crazy wonderful and crazy perfect, but it doesn’t have to be crazy expensive. By utilizing these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to saving money and crafting your dream wedding. Here at NOAH’S Event Venue, we would love to help you have the wedding of your dreams within your budget. There’s no need to keep lamenting to your mother, “I can’t find an affordable wedding venue near me!” You’ve found it! Schedule a tour, ask about our packages, and see how NOAH’S is the perfect venue for any budget.