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The number one question we get from brides? How to have a beautiful celebration while staying on budget. On top of all the little ways to save, there are a few big places you can’t afford to miss as you plan your big day.
Here are our most important money-saving suggestions for planning a wedding (and leaving some cash in your nest egg, too).
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Every location has an off-season, and when you get married during it, you can negotiate deals to help your wedding budget. The day of the week matters, too—Thursday, Friday, and Sunday weddings cost less than those on Saturdays.
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Choose a spot that can accommodate both your ceremony and reception to save money on rental fees, décor, and guest transportation. And though bare lofts are lovely, they take a lot of rentals to become wedding-ready. Sites that host weddings usually have chairs, tables, bars, and even linens and food built into the price.
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For wedding food on a budget, choose unexpected dishes, or serve the meal family-style; you’ll cut down on waste and on costs. And to save money on drinks, rethink wine and beer only: A bottle of wine contains five drinks; a liter of vodka holds 25. If possible, buy your own booze. You may pay a corkage fee, but it’s still usually the less expensive option.
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For wedding flowers on a budget, buy once, use twice. The same blooms that decorate your ceremony can be repurposed as décor for the reception. For the best prices, focus on varieties that are in season, like tulips in the spring or amaryllis in the winter.
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It’s never proper to ask for money directly, but you can request help with a trip through sites like Honeyfund. If you have a traditional registry and wind up not receiving everything on it, check in with your stores—many will offer to sell you the remaining items at a discount.
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