Saving on a Wedding

I woke up this morning, and I looked at the alarm clock next to me. I curiously noticed the date (my alarm clock displays the month and date). I am getting married in less than 6 months! The 2nd of August will be our civil ceremony here in Houston while our church wedding will take place the 20th of September in Mexico.

I know that it is somewhat hypocritical, that someone who preaches frugality, is having to separate ceremonies. The only thing that I can say is that we are sticking to our budget, everything is being paid in cash, and we are not scaling back on our long term savings.

So this got me thinking of ways that one can save money for a wedding. Here are some:

  • Have your family and friends to help out. If you happen to know somebody who works or owns a catering service, see if you could get a discount for it. Maybe a family member knows someone in the floral business. Start asking around. You will be surprised the amount of connections you will find that can lead you to great deals.
  • Don’t ask for quotes for a wedding. Places tend to charge more if you mention the word wedding, instead say a “large party”.
  • Think outside the box. Unfortunately, traditional weddings can be expensive. For example, we found out it was cheaper to higher a local ice cream merchant to come to the wedding and serve homemade ice cream to the guests than having a traditional wedding cake. It was something completely different and way more memorable than your classic cake.
  • Negotiate. Don’t be afraid to say no. If you feel that something is overpriced, let them know. Most businesses will try to work with you. Remember that you are paying them to work for you, not the other way around.

The only thing that I would not try to cut corners and save money on are your wedding photos. This is a once in a lifetime occasion and you do not want the memories you have of it captured poorly by a unprofessional photographer.

The Getrichslowly forums has a great post on this topic dealing with weddings and money.

The picutre you see is the actual church where we plan to get married.


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