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4 Easy Ways to Save on Your Wedding

13 JUN 2012
Career Path : Hospitality

Getting married is an exciting time. You bring your nearest and dearest together to celebrate the new chapter that you and the love of your life are about to start. And while weddings are a happy occasion, a lot of times it can put a strain on the bank account. But there really is no reason why your wedding has to ruin your good time.

A lot of women are really attached to the images of their wedding that they dreamed of as little girls. And while you definitely should have the wedding of your dreams, you may need to come to a few compromises in order to avoid sinking your bank account into the sub-zero level.

Here are just a few tips to help you save money and still have the wedding of your dreams:

Modest Dress

For one, go easy on the dress. Yes, we would all love to walk down the aisle in a Vera Wang. But, a wedding dress doesn’t have to be expensive in order to be beautiful. If you’re dead-set on wearing designer, then shop around online and in boutique shops until you find one at a reasonable discount. You’re better off starting your hunt as early as possible, because designer rarely goes on sale, and when it does it may not be in your size, so alterations will likely be necessary.

A less stressful alternative is to go for a more modest dress. Many vintage boutiques will carry beautiful one-of-a-kind gowns that will take your (not to mention your groom’s) breath away.

DIY What You Can

While there are a few big items that will take up most of your budget, there are also a lot of little frills that, when you add them all up, cost a bundle. Centre pieces and party favors are details that you don’t want to eliminate, per se, but can definitely cut costs by making them yourself. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on fresh flowers for your centre pieces, why not fill beautiful apothecary jars with Hershey Kisses, or cinnamon hearts. This will give your guests delicious treats to nibble on all night and allow one lucky person on each table take home a new decorative piece for their home.

Also, try to custom make everything involving paper, from the invitations to the place settings. Depending on your guest list, this may be a lofty challenge, but hey, it’s your wedding, and there’s no better time to get creative!


If you’re inviting more than 30 people to your wedding, get a caterer. A lot of people skimp out on the food when they try to save money on their wedding, but trust me; this is the last thing you want to go cheap on. That is not to say that you have to serve the most expensive caviar, or rare delicacies. Be modest, be tasteful, and most importantly, serve delicious food. Most caterers will be able to accommodate your budget and guest list.

Off-Season Wedding

The date of your wedding can really determine how much a venue charges you. Summer weddings, for example, are most popular, and people will likely pay a substantial amount more to rent the venue than if they were to get married in an off-season month or week. Whether you’re planning a wedding in Oakville or Vancouver or off the coast of Prince Edward island, there are hundreds of catering services that will most likely have an opening during an off-peak point in the season. When you sit down with a venue representative, be sure to discuss scheduling options and the varying prices that each offer.


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