Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are enjoying your summer!  One of the most important things to consider when planning a wedding is your wedding budget.  Be it big or small every Bride has a budget and it is important to stick with it! Afer your wedding budget is set then you must prioritize your wedding “must haves.”  From flowers, linens and cakes to photographers, music and your gown you need to decide what is most important and arrange your wedding budget accordingly.  You can spend a little more on the things that are must haves and cut back on the things that are less important to you.  For today’s post I am going to share with you some insider tips on how to trim your wedding budget without sacrificing style!

First up are your wedding flowers! Make sure you choose blooms that are in season because if you have to fly them in from a hot-house it will cost you.  Tulips in July are not the way to go!  Spend some time with your florist and go over your wedding colors and vision and they should be able to help you make an affordable choice on the types of flowers that will work for your look and your wedding budget.  Also don’t be afraid to mix in things such as fresh fruit, shells, pinecones and nuts to complete your look, they are great fillers and easy on the budget.

Another way to trim you wedding budget where your flowers and decorations are concerned is to use candles! They add romance and ambiance and are about as inexpensive as you can get.  You can also get double duty out of your attendants flowers.  Have your wedding designer put small vases at each of your bridesmaids place settings at the head table and the bouquets instantly become part of your wedding decor.  You can also move small arrangements from your ceremony site to your reception with ease.

Next up are the cocktails!  Alcohol can easily run up your wedding budget in a hurry.  One way to keep the budget in check and your guest coherent is to minimize the amount of alcohol you serve.  Opt for a wine and beer bar instead of an open bar.  If you really want to have some hard liquor come up with one or two signature drinks that you both really like.  This limits the types and amounts of alcohol you have while making your wedding personal.  You can also limit the champagne to just the toast, no need to serve it all night.

The time and day of your wedding are also factors in your wedding  budget. Saturday’s are traditional wedding days so if you say your nuptials on a Friday or Sunday it is generally less expensive.   Also, if you have it earlier in the day you can spend less on food. Consider a morning ceremony and a brunch reception.  If that’s to early for some of you try moving your wedding from 6:00 to 2:00 that way you only have to do hors d’oeuvres instead of a full dinner.

For your wedding cake opt for a smaller cake for display and for you and your new hubby to cut then have sheet cakes in the back to be sliced for your guest. They will never know the difference and you will save oodles.

I hope we have given you some helpful tips on how to trim your wedding budget. I could go on and on but I have to save some for a later post!

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