Eight ways to cut costs and still have the wedding you want

It’s true; we are all feeling the pressure of rising costs and we are seeing a high number of price conscience couples for 2024.  As a premiere venue in the Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky market, we work hard to keep the integrity of our property at a high standard while keeping our prices at the most reasonable rate possible.

As a couple planning a wedding, you are likely doing the same and asking yourself, how can I have the best wedding, but keep spending at a sensible rate?  We thought it timely to share with you how we’ve observed some of our couples judiciously lean out their wedding budgets and still have the wedding they dreamed.

Consider a non-Saturday wedding:  First, many venues offer discounted Sundays, but may be able to discount further customizing a price for a day of the week to fit your budget.  Thursdays are very popular and seriously done more often than one would realize.   This Is not to infer that pricing is negotiable with your wedding vendors, only that weekdays are typically not factored into their typical revenue stream, and they may offer a price break for your weekday event.

Cut your guest list:  This is the single biggest cost savings in planning a wedding.   For certain, many price conscious couples are shaving the guest list and that’s a smart first move toward keeping price under control, especially when you’re considering food and beverage.  Your guest list should be your closest family and friends.

Keep floral simple Sometimes less is truly more and while we love lavish floral, simple elegance can certainly make its own statement, especially in a venue like ours with a lot of natural character.  If your venue has a lot of character and isn’t a blank canvas, then floral is something you could minimize without many noticing.

Ditch the party favors:  Not only is this an easy item to eliminate, but this has also been dubbed by many wedding professionals as a wasteful purchase.  We can attest to boxes of favors that guests don’t take or forget.

Explore lesser known creative vendors:  Certainly, when we recommend photographers, videographers and dj’s, we are recommending the highest quality vendors in our area.  The more experience, equipment, and expertise a creative professional has, the better service you can expect.  Their pricing will likely reflect being at the top tier of their profession and some can be as much as your venue rental itself.  Certainly, these creative professionals are charging their worth, but if your budget is feeling squeezed, take some time to explore up and coming creative professionals who haven’t made it to this tier yet.  These are creatives who are newer on the scene who have skill, but not as much experience.

Again, this takes some definite research, and not always for the risk adverse.  Do your research looking at their work and don’t be afraid to ask for references and be sure to have a contract.

DIY hair and makeup:  Our area has some true talent in the beauty realm, and we’d never suggest overlooking such talented professionals, but if your budget is about to break, this is the first thing we see brides forego, opting to do their own.

Don’t buy new décor counting on reselling:  We’ve encountered as many brides who successfully sell their décor for a portion of what they paid to the same number who get stuck with their wedding décor—never successfully selling it.  Certainly, if you are able to recycle someone else’s wedding décor, that is a financial win!  If not, we suggest renting wedding décor instead of purchasing.

Many florists have rentable décor as well as venues and wedding planners.  Weymouth Hill has many rentable items to include a 90-piece candle package.  It’s also way less hassle if you can rent from your venue or florist and never have to touch so many fragile items.

Push out your date for more time to save money:  When you have gone over your budget with a fine-tooth comb and decided you are close, but not quite there, consider pushing your date back if it works for your life situation.  Some venues and vendors will raise their price marginally for next year, but if you lock in early, you will receive this year’s price for next year.   This gives you more time to earn and save and earlier pricing.   Our venue makes many of its purchases in December for the upcoming year, knowing pricing increases usually occur in January of each year.

 

Elizabeth Slagel

Elizabeth worked in public relations before becoming a wife/mother focusing attention on raising three children and supporting her husband’s entrepreneurial endeavors. She watched firsthand the grit and sacrifice in building a quality business from the ground and is poised to give 110 percent. Her passion has always been creative endeavors and the wow factor when hosting a business or personal event. The wedding industry is a natural for her as she loves interacting with people and can channel her inner creative.