Staying in a pre-planned wedding budget is a top priority for many couples when planning their wedding. We have some smart savings tips, tricks and advice to help keep your budget on track.
1. Re-Purposing Your Flowers
This is a big one! The gorgeous blooms of your dreams can end up taking a huge chunk of your budget. Save on floral costs by discussing with your florist different ways that you can reuse your ceremony flowers for your reception. For example, pew flowers can be placed together to form your sweetheart table centerpiece, or you can have arrangements that lined your aisle way be used as the centerpieces for your reception tables. Search our Preferred Florists
2. Combining Your Rentals
Does your caterer offer a package that includes dinnerware rentals and linens? Or does your florist include candle and centerpiece stand rentals? Take advantage of good bundling deals and avoid paying multiple vendors for pick-up and delivery charges. Search the ProVenue Preferred Vendors
3. Hold Your Wedding All At One Venue
Having your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and wedding reception all at one location is much cheaper than renting multiple venues and having to transport your rentals and decor to separate locations. ProVenue venues, Loft .84 and Citrus Park, both offer multi-room spaces for all of your wedding events.
4. Consider Having Your Wedding at a Park
Parks are generally cheaper and include scenic backdrops. ProVenue venue, Citrus Park, offers gorgeous sunsets, historic and fragrant orange groves and magical California elements.
5. Cut Down Your Guest Count
Reduce your guest list to save money on place setting rentals and cut down on meal costs. One way to trim down the numbers is by making your wedding an adults-only event.
6. Simplify Cocktail Hour
Pass on the multiple appetizer stations and instead choose one hearty and filling appetizer display, like an artisan cheese table. Search our Preferred Caterers
7. Trim Down Your Reception Time
Are you thinking of adding on 2 more hours to your reception? An average wedding is 5 hours long with a majority of weddings losing 75% of their guests by 10 PM. Adding extra hours can also add up quickly when you consider having to pay the venue, your wedding coordinator, and all other wedding vendors and wedding staff for the added on hours.
8. Keep An Open Mind to New Ideas
How about skipping the formal dinner all together and opting for a brunch and mimosa bar instead? Want live music for your ceremony but can't afford the 5-piece band? Contact your local college's music department for a lower-cost musician option.
9. Choose an Off-Season Day
In Southern California, there isn't a slow season. You CAN save about $1000 by having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday when you book a ProVenue venue though. Search the ProVenue venues.
10. Have a Smart Hosting Plan for Your Bar
Depending on your guests, a wedding bar tab can go rather quickly. Consider having your hosted bar amount cover only beer and wine, or only host cocktail hour. One fun option is for both of you to create a signature cocktail and have your drinks free for the night.