Here are a few ways to cut costs without making a difference to your wedding day.
Cut the bridal party back- The more people you invite to be part of the bridal party, the more expensive it can be for you. Traditionally, the Bride & Groom purchase the floral and attire for the bridal party which can get spendy quick. Cutting your bridal party by two or four can make a difference on your budget. Some Bridesmaids and Groomsmen have purchased their own attire (which will save you hundreds). If that's the case, maybe think about letting the Bridesmaids choose between a few dresses you love so they can wear the dress again after your wedding. Check out I DO Event Planning’s FAQ to see who should be in your bridal party.
Less cake- If there is one thing leftover at a wedding, its cake! Crazy to think, but so many people don’t eat cake at a wedding. Have you eaten cake at a wedding? Did you eat all of your piece? Have your wedding planner cut your cake into smaller pieces and order a cake for less than the RSVP number. Another, less expensive option, is to do a dessert, like cupcakes or donuts. Those are typically cheaper than cake and the Bride & Groom can have a small anniversary cake for themselves.
Kegs & wine- If you are trying to cut costs, eliminate an open bar immediately! Having a self-serve bar with a couple of kegs and a bottle or two of wine on the tables will be plenty. If you want to have hard alcohol, think about having a pre-mixed container of your favorite drink. All of your bar expenses will be made ahead of time this way, too. If you decide to do a cash bar (guests buy their own drinks) consider including that information on your wedding website or even on the invitation with something like: “Reception to Follow- Cash Bar”.
No favors- If there is something leftover, it's cake and favors. A favor like a wine topper, picture frame of the Mr. & Mrs, etc. is only about $1.50 but once you times that by all of your guests you’re looking at $225.00 down the drain. The people that do take them will end up throwing them away because they break, or let’s be honest, they have no need for a 1” picture frame of you and your spouse two years after your wedding date.
*If you do decide to have favors, which is still pretty common, try thinking of useful favors that are still budget-friendly and guests can use or have for a long time like apple seeds or a jar of homemade jelly.
QUICK TIP: Count on about 75% of the guests you invite actually attend!