The Incredible Shrinking Wedding Budget

This week I read an article that encompasses everything we believe in and do with our budget-conscious brides here at Fabulous Fête, so I couldn’t resist sharing it with you!

Below is a list of 14 different ways you can “slash” your wedding budget… and of course remember the ladies at Fabulous Fête always have the best deals in town – so we save you money as well!

  1. Avoid peak season. Get hitched in late summer or winter to shave up to 20% off your venue fee
  2. Cut in packs.  Shrinking your list by a table (8-10 people) for saving across the board, from staffing to rentals.
  3. Embrace all-inclusives.  A venue with catering packages (country club, hotel, banquet hall) or a private room in a restaurant can save up to $25 a head. (SOMETIMES!!)
  4. Local-ize buds.  Stick to seasonal and local flowers – they’re eco and econ-friendly.
  5. Have fewer VIPs.  A large bridal party equals a hefty florist bill.  Cut your posse from 6 to 2 and save big on blooms.
  6. Sorry, not shots.  Limit booze offerings to wine, beer, and a couple specialty cocktails for 25% cheaper tab
  7. Focus on deliciousness.  Pass 4 crowd-pleasing apps (in lieu of 10) and offer a plentiful spread of cheeses and bruschetta to save $10 per guest.
  8. Knock a star off the five-star meal.  Serve taste-alikes: prosecco instead of champagne, hanger steak in lieu of filet mignon, and grouper over cod.
  9. Welcome turntables.  Book a DJ.  On average, a talented one costs 5 times less than a live band of the same caliber.
  10. Don’t gild the cake.  Top it with one extra large sugar bloom instead of a cascade of edible flora to save $10 per slice.
  11. Give your photographer a curfew.  Who wants to pay for shots of drunk, sweaty guests at the end of the night anyway?  If you are a interested in an grand exit, just fake it so the photographer can get the shot and go home – and you can head back to the dance floor.
  12. Honk once for love.  Avoid having a fancy car on standby the entire day.  Choose to make a grand entrance or a big exit.
  13. Rein in albums.  Make one group-friendly exit so you can order the same album for yourselves, your parents, and your in-laws.
  14. Skip letterpress.  Print all your stationary digitally.  Go for great color and typography rather than pricey techniques and chunky paper stock.

-Brides Magazine