Your wedding is not the time to go cheap. At the same time, you don’t have to forgo a down payment on your first house together or a fabulous honeymoon just because you blew it all on the ceremony and reception. According to the Conde Nast Bridal Group, the average wedding costs run close to $27,000. Just imagine what you could do with that!
But don’t despair, with these tips, you can still throw a fabulous party for $5,000 or less.
Save money on your wedding without appearing cheap. Even the most frugal bride and groom can find ways to trim costs so you can save a little for later. And none of your guests will be the wiser when you thoughtfully prepare a memorable event.
It’s the memories that count, not the number of guests or the kind of wine you served.
Think tents. Enjoy the beautiful scenery in Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina or Eastern Tennessee — and save big by not renting a reception hall. With a beautifully appointed tent, you can hold the wedding ceremony and the reception in the same place, in the beautiful cathedral of nature. And with the help of the crew at Hendersonville Tents Party and Event Rentals, you can get just about everything you need to fill the space: from the tables and chairs to a bridal arch, from linens and
tableware to a dance floor. Going with a tent instead of a hall lets you save even more on caterers, photographers and other wedding vendors if you opt for an off-season wedding. And if you limit the number of guests you invite to those you truly care about, you can save money on your wedding in a big way. Call Stacy at Hendersonville Tents for more ideas.
While a live band is exciting, hiring a DJ can save you big bucks. And with a DJ, you can get the variety of tunes you know your guests will enjoy. Use the same music-maker at both the wedding service and the reception.
Save money on your wedding by relying on a family friend who’s good with a camera, a photography student or amateur photographer. With digital, they can take thousands of shots, increasing the odds that you’ll get enough for that perfect wedding album.
You can also save money on your wedding by serving comfort food instead of a trendy fish or steak dinner. Go with mac-and- cheese, corn and barbeque chicken. Or offer a sandwich bar with plenty of fun sides. Order a small two-tiered wedding cake and supplement the servings with a sheet cake you keep in a back room. And rather than providing an open bar with liquor flowing so fast that you may have to deal with a few drunks before the day is over, serve just beer and wine — with maybe one signature champagne drink for the toasts.
Extra Side Savings
A few more tips that no one will notice, but that can lead to big savings include:
Fill flower bouquets with extra greenery
Use flowers that are in season
Order bigger tables so you can use fewer centerpieces
Reduce your invitations to a single page
Rely on email for RSVPs and save-the- date announcements
Get married on any day or evening except Saturday
Go vintage with your dress
Use just a few of these tips or take them all to heart. Most of all, have fun and don’t worry about impressing anyone but you and your beloved. It’s a day just for you, after all.
Hendersonville Tents Party and Event Rentals is a family-owned and operated business providing tents, tables, chairs, dance floors, pipe and drapes, tableware, games, specialty lighting, PA systems… everything you need to host a memorable outdoor event. Whatever your needs, Hendersonville Tents has got you covered.
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