Whittle Down Your Wedding

Our economy is slowing down, prices for just about everything are skyrocketing and it’s time to begin planning a wedding. We have a few suggestions for trimming your wedding budget in tumultuous times.

  • Have your wedding on a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon. It is cheaper than on a Saturday evening. A brunch or lunch on Saturday would also be more economical.
  • Serve a gourmet chicken dish instead of one of the popular medleys (beef/fish, beef/seafood, beef/chicken).
  • Nix the open bar. Serve beer and wine. You can opt to offer 1 or 2 “signature cocktails” like martinis or margaritas, but everything else is either paid for by the guest or unavailable all together.
  • Don’t have a champagne toast. When that toasting time comes, most everyone already has a drink and the bubbly usually goes untouched.
  • Believe it or not, a wedding planner can be very helpful in negotiating contracts. Hire one to do just that job. Wedding planners also prevent engaging vendors that do not have good reputations in the trade.
  • Eliminate the favors. You are giving each guest a fun party. That should be enough! If you do want to do a favor, be creative and do something such as Aunt Sarah’s famous sugared pecans or biscotti in a gift box imprinted with your names and wedding date.
  • Instead of cut flowers as centerpieces, paint clay flower pots in the wedding colors and use colorful planted flowers instead. The flowers will last longer after the ceremony is over and the guests have all gone home. They can even be planted in front of your new home.
  • See if there is a family ring that might be available. Even resetting a stone from an heirloom ring can save you a bundle. It would also be considered “green” as you are in effect recycling a family heirloom.
  • The easiest way to cut expenses, but normally the hardest to do, is to cut the guest list. Everyone involved has their own ideas of who should be invited, but when it comes down to it, smaller weddings…use smaller budgets.
  • And finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t toot our own horn. The American Wedding offers a wide variety of affordable but stunning wedding invitations and accessory items. Let us help you find the perfect invitation that suits both your style and your wedding budget.
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