Planning a wedding can be a bit stressful, especially when it comes to having a budget and sticking to it. However, there are a few ways you can save some money and still have the wedding of your dreams! Here are 5 quick tricks to consider for stretching every dollar on your special day.
1. Consider your month and day of the week
Having your wedding Sunday – Thursday can almost cut your rental costs in HALF because these are not sought after days . . . a number of vendors, not just the wedding venue, may be willing to work at a reduced price since it won’t be a “normally” busy time for them. Also, the time of year can be a lifesaver – January, February, July and August are slower times for The Mackey House and can save you cash!
2. Decorating the venue
Choose a location that already has plenty of scenery, or has a portion of their facilities outside, that way there’s no need to decorate them. You may also want to consider a date closer to the holidays when a number of facilities will already be festively decorated.
3. Go for e-vites
Even if you want to send out cool, printed invitations, have your invitees RSVP online, it’s green . . . and it saves you green. A number of free wedding planning sites will assist with automatically populated options such as head counts and food requests.
4. Food and Beverage
This is where your day can get EXPENSIVE quick so think buffet. It’s not fancy, but it gives everyone a chance to pick and choose what they want, and it will encourage your guests to mingle without worrying of discussion topics, AND it’s a ton cheaper than seated dinners. For beverages, try sticking to domestic beer and wine, not as much fun as a full bar, but MOST of your guests will drink one or the other and they really won’t miss the other stuff.
While you want professional photos taken during your big moment, hire photographers for the wedding for some choice shots ONLY and purchase disposable cameras to put out around your reception area, and the pre-wedding area. Create instructions for the cameras inviting everyone to take pictures at will – this will give you the AWESOME unplanned pictures you want anyway and can save you a small fortune in your budget.
The Mackey House is one of the premier Savannah wedding venues, located just minutes from Downtown. For more information, please contact us and join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter.