Let’s be honest, planning a wedding is an incredibly stressful, time consuming, and expensive task. No matter how much you love your partner, the amount of bills that can start to pile up when you’re in the wedding planning phase can be downright overwhelming.

To make sure your bills don’t overwhelm your big day, we encourage you to look for ways to save money when you’re planning a wedding using some of these nifty tricks.

  1. Don’t get married on a Saturday

While it may not seem like the day you marry should matter to the cost, Saturdays are by far the most requested and sought after day for weddings and events. For this reason, venues will almost always charge more for the coveted Saturday booking. Instead, look into having your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday.

  1. Choose your venue wisely

Many venues will do things that will increase your costs, such as contractually obligating you to use their vendors, which are often not the cheapest options (nor even the ones you want). Instead, shop around for a venue that may not have done a ton of weddings or doesn’t require this to save some cash.

  1. Take your time

While traditional engagements are a year or less in length, extending your engagement to over a year can be an easy way to save some money. Booking early means that you will be protected from prices increasing in the following year or from being limited in vendor and venue choice due to other people booking them up first. Having a longer engagement will also give you and your partner more time to get to know each other before the wedding.

  1. Don’t buy into the hype of expensive dresses

While Say Yes To The Dress might have you planning to spend thousands upon thousands on your wedding dress, this isn’t your only option. Wedding dresses are big business, which means that prices on them can be inflated. Be willing to look outside the usual wedding shops when shopping for your dress, or even consider dresses that aren’t strictly being marketed as wedding dresses. You can also combine a skirt and a top to create a unique and eye-catching creation that you can even wear separately after your wedding is over. Shopping online is also a brilliant way to save money, since there are less overhead fees for the sellers. Places like JJ’s House offer hundreds of styles of wedding dresses for a fraction of the price of traditional bridal stores.

  1. Get married off-season

Summer is a beautiful time of year, so it’s no wonder that most couples want to take advantage of the glorious weather to have their wedding. However—like Saturday bookings—summer is a time of year when the competition for wedding venues, caterers, florists, and photographers is high. Instead, look at marrying off-season, such as in late fall or very early spring. You may have to change your vision of your wedding a bit, but you will be saving big bucks to do it!

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