How to Save Money & Time by Sweating the Small Stuff


Wedding Budget | Saving Money on your Wedding


The early days of planning your wedding can be overwhelming. So many details! And everything costs SO MUCH MONEY. Establishing your priorities will help you set a workable budget. From there, I always advise couples to start with the biggies (venue, catering, bar, etc.). Once those are taken care of you can turn your attention to other costs.

There are many small things you can either modify or eliminate altogether that will save you time and/or money. These two precious commodities seem to shrink as your wedding date draws near, causing unnecessary stress. In no particular order, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Custom wedding programmes – don’t bother. Few guests read them and they are always left on chairs after the ceremony. Instead, post the information on your wedding website and save yourself money and time.
  2. Hand-made guest favours. Nothing is sadder than seeing jars and jars of the chili sauce you and your Mom spent hours making and packaging, left behind. All that time, cost and effort. Wasted. Yes, you should provide favours – they’re a thank you gift, and edibles are always an excellent idea – just don’t expect your guests to appreciate all the effort of the homemade gift.
  3. Expensive shoes. If you spend a week’s salary on fancy shoes that you will only kick off because they kill your feet – why bother? And will you wear them again? Highly unlikely. Your shoe goals: pretty, comfortable and affordable.
  4. Cut back on the number of hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. If you offer four hors d’oeuvres per person instead of five, you could save yourself hundreds of dollars. Here’s some quick math: a single piece @ $3.50 per, multiplied by 150 guests = $525.00.
  5. Late night food. If you’ve served your guests hors d’oeuvres and a three-course meal (soup or salad, main and dessert) few will be needing to eat again. Many of your older guests may have left by the time the late night food is rolled out. And of those that remain, not all will be hungry. Plan on providing late night food for only about 50% of your guests, if that.

I always look at cost savings in terms of concrete options. For example, that $525.00 you would save by reducing the number of hors d’oeuvres could cover the cost of your bridal bouquet and two centrepieces. Or the open bar for ten guests. The truth is, the costs of many small details can add up quickly and dramatically. When planning your wedding remember that sweating the small stuff can actually pay off in a big way.



2 Responses to “How to Save Money & Time by Sweating the Small Stuff”

  1. Jim Emerson Says:

    All wonderful suggestions and very practical ways to save money while planning a wedding. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Christine March Says:

    Hi Jim, thanks for your kind words and for sharing your thoughts.

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