Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.
Here are some tips for saving money on your wedding:
make sure you have enough people to dance
If you're planning a wedding, it's important to make sure that you have enough people to dance. You don't want your guests sitting around looking at each other awkwardly! The best way to make sure there are plenty of people who want to get up and move is by having a large dance floor. If your venue doesn't have one already, consider renting one for the day.
If the venue does have its own dance floor, be sure that it's in an ideal location—not too close to any walls and not too close together with other tables or chairs. It should also be level so there are no tripping hazards!
If you're having your wedding outside (as opposed to inside), try choosing a time of year when everyone isn't rushing home from work early because of bad weather or mosquito season starting up again.
get a dj that is already working that night
You can also save money by getting a DJ that is already working at the venue of your wedding. In most cases, they will offer a discount on their services to attract new business. This can be very helpful if you are planning on having an outdoor ceremony and would like to have the reception indoors. You'll be able to save money on travel expenses and labor costs for both of these events, which may help offset your DJ's fee in some way.
dont book a big famous dj
Don't book a big famous DJ.
The biggest mistake you can make is trying to hire one of these DJs. They might be too expensive, and they will certainly be too busy. If you want to save money and find someone who will actually show up on time, then book someone less well known or look for an experienced wedding DJ who works regularly in your area.
be flexible in the song request list
You know how when you're drunk and singing karaoke, there's always that one song that you know is a favorite of yours but you can't quite remember the words? That's how it is with your list of songs. It starts out nice and tidy, but then changes as time goes on because of mixed messages from your guests or other unknown factors that could cause any number of variables to change. When it comes down to it, what worked for the last wedding might not work for yours—and that's okay!
It may seem like a hassle now, but having this plan in place will save you money (and headaches) later on.
there are ways to cut costs on your wedding
There are ways to save money on a DJ. First, find a DJ that is already working that night. They will be more than happy to work with you and give you a great price. Don’t book the big famous DJ who charges by the hour and demands an upfront deposit! Also, don’t make a long list of songs that they have to play; it makes it harder for them to cater to your crowd if they are limited in what they can play. Finally, be flexible when choosing your music options so that everyone can enjoy themselves at every moment throughout your event!
The most important thing to remember is not to skimp on the entertainment at your wedding. Your guests are coming to see a show and they expect good music and lighting, so make sure you get the best that you can afford. The next best thing is finding a dj who doesn’t charge outrageous fees or make unreasonable demands like requiring an exclusive contract for the night (you can find one of these by word-of-mouth), then working with them ahead of time so there are no surprises when the big day arrives!
How to save money on your wedding venue
You've planned and saved for months, but now you're finally at the point where you have to choose a wedding venue. This is the moment when you'll have to shell out some cash—and it's also the first opportunity to save a few bucks. The good news is that there are ways to cut costs on your reception without sacrificing too much of its overall quality. I've been a wedding planner for over 20 years, so here are my top tips for saving money on your wedding venue:
Consider what time of year you want to get married.
Consider the time of year you want to get married. The cost of travel, accommodations and food will be higher during peak wedding season—April through October. The weather is warmer, so you don't need to worry about renting space heaters or keeping up with your guests' comfort if they bundle up in sweaters or jackets.
However, some people prefer cooler temperatures for their nuptials, especially if they live in an area where it gets very hot or very cold (like the South). If you're going this route, make sure that your venue can accommodate whatever temperature range works best for them and their guests.
Compare your wedding venue options side by side.
When comparing your wedding venue options, you’ll want to do your research on each one. First, look at the location of each venue. Is it in a good neighborhood or is it close to major roadways? You can also consider looking at crime statistics in the area of the venues you are considering.
Secondly, take a look at what amenities each venue offers and whether they will fit your needs for your wedding day. A great place to start this process is by checking out their website or getting on their phone and talking with them directly about their services and amenities (and if they have any last minute deals).
Thirdly, look into how much room there is at each location and how many people can be accommodated there comfortably. For example: If you plan on having an outdoor ceremony as well as an indoor reception space then make sure these two spaces can accommodate both groups comfortably! You don't want anyone feeling cramped up inside while others are sitting outside! Fourthly: Consider catering options when looking into different venues--it's important that everyone eats so find out what kind of food service options exist before making any decisions on where/how many people will eat during those times.. This way no one leaves hungry! Fifthly: Compare pricing between various salons/hotels/etc...you'll need something affordable enough without compromising quality too much--this could be tricky but worth doing because ultimately all those details matter when planning such an important event like marriage; so check out prices online before deciding which fit best within budget constraints set by parents/partners who might otherwise pay half bill (or more) than expected unless covered by insurance benefits offered through employer benefits packages etc... Sixthly - Last step before booking appointment(s): Compare prices between 2-3 different vendors offering similar services; always ask questions beforehand though because sometimes one company might charge extra fees later down road after initial payment has been made upfront which could result in higher overall costs than originally planned upon signing contract agreement contracts depending
Create a realistic budget for your wedding venue.
The first step to saving money on your wedding venue is creating a realistic budget. This means knowing what your budget is and how much you can afford to spend on the venue, as well as what costs are associated with other vendors and services that will be part of your wedding.
For example, if you’re having a formal dinner reception, realize that caterers can cost upwards of $50 per person (or even more), so plan accordingly! This number may also include rentals for tables, chairs and linens—all of which have their own costs associated with them. If you’re having a buffet dinner instead of one served by waitstaff at each table, then those figures might not apply here either. It all depends on what kind of reception style fits best within both parties' budgets while still providing an enjoyable experience for everyone involved...
Be up front about all costs when you initially request a quote, so there are no surprises later on.
You should always be up front about all the costs associated with your wedding when you initially request a quote. This means that you and your venue coordinator should talk about:
- The time of year (and therefore cost) of your wedding
- The number of guests attending
- The time of day/week you would like to have your wedding. For instance, Friday night weddings are more expensive than Saturday afternoons because Fridays are busier for venues, who charge more for prime-time slots.
- How many courses will be served at dinner (more courses are more expensive). Do not assume that just because you're going to serve chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans that it won't cost as much as an elaborate multi-course meal! You might think it's better to cut corners by having an inexpensive menu but if this means compromising on quality ingredients or service then it may actually end up costing more in the end due to poor reviews from disappointed guests and bad word-of-mouth marketing from fellow brides who heard about how great their meals were but not yours!
Minimize the guests on your guest list.
The second way to save money on your wedding venue is by minimizing the guest list. If you have a large guest list, you're going to spend more money on food and drinks. You'll also need a bigger venue for all those people, which will cost you more money.
If there are some people that you don't want in attendance, then it's best to simply not invite them at all. If they're important enough friends or family members who should be invited, just let them know that they're not allowed at your wedding ceremony because it's too expensive—but don't let them know why! That way they won't be offended and will still be able to attend the reception if they want (and if there's room).
It may seem harsh, but this tactic has proven effective time and again when saving money on weddings is the goal!
Ask the right questions before booking your wedding venue.
- Ask questions about capacity, parking and accessibility. If you’re not sure whether you can fit your entire guest list in the venue of your choice, get a sense for how many people it holds. You should also ask about parking options and whether there are nearby parking garages or lots that are available on-site.
- Ask about their policy on outside food and drink. Many wedding venues prohibit guests from bringing food or drinks onto their premises so that they can charge a corkage fee (a fee paid by guests who want to serve alcohol at their event). Ideally, you'll want to find a place where corkage is not an issue so that guests don't have to worry about violating any rules while they're enjoying themselves at your celebration!
- Find out what's allowed when it comes to photography and video equipment. Most venues allow photography inside their buildings but they won't let anyone take photos during service hours (so no selfies in front of the altar!). They might also try limiting how many cameras/video cameras can be used at once because they don't want one person monopolizing all photo-taking during the ceremony or reception; this is why having multiple photographers might come in handy!
You can save money on your reception if you do some research and ask the right questions up front.
Don't be afraid to ask about costs. The best way to save money on your reception is to understand exactly what it will cost and make sure you're not paying for something you don't need. Here are some tips for asking the right questions:
- Ask about all costs up front. If you're having a sit-down dinner, the caterer should be able to tell you how much per plate the venue charges and whether there's an option that comes with additional set-up or cleanup fees.
- Ask about all possible associated costs with your venue choice—and make sure they're included in their quote! For example, if they're providing a tent or chairs as part of their package deal, ask them if those items are included because they might come at an extra cost later down the road if they aren't part of their base price (which means more surprises when it comes time to pay).
I hope that this article helps you to get a better understanding of how you can save money on your reception venue. As I mentioned earlier, there are many ways to save money while still having an amazing wedding day!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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