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Wedding Prices Are Up: How Can Couples Save Money?

5.9.22

As the world slowly starts to recover from the pandemic and loosen up restrictions, so has the wedding industry. Now more than ever, couples are looking forward to celebrating their love through weddings! With a busier wedding season, comes higher prices. Here are a few ways that couples can save money on their wedding day!

Smaller Guest List

One of the simplest ways to save money for a wedding is in the first steps of wedding planning. Your guest list! It’s a lot easier than it may seem. First, start with the idea that you wouldn’t want to create a small list. You might find that your guest list is already small to start with. If not, that’s okay too! Now, look at your list and think about who you have on there.

Your guest list could be separated into three groups. Group one will contain the people you couldn’t imagine not being there on your wedding day. Group two is made up of non-wedding party friends as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins. Group three will have people you’re inviting because you feel like you have to, but honestly haven’t really talked to in years.  This may sound awful, but no one has to know but you and your fiance creating the list.

Now here is how you make that list shrink: send out your invitations in waves. The first wave is the first group. Once some of those guests RSVP and say they can’t make it, you start sending the second and third groups. A smaller guest list means a smaller venue, and fewer mouths to feed!

Smaller Wedding Party

Touching on the smaller guest list, this can also play into a smaller wedding party. Think about all of the wedding activities that include your wedding party. Bridesmaids’ proposals, the bachelorette party or bachelor party… and more.

With fewer people in your wedding party, the fewer expenses that will come with those. Save up on your wedding party gifts by shortening your list!

Joined Bachelor(ette) Parties

Speaking of bachelor(ette) parties, why not join them. If you’re lucky enough to have a wedding party that already gets along, take advantage of that and join your pre-wedding celebrations! The idea that they have to separate doesn’t have to stick.

When it comes to wedding traditions, a lot of things have wiggle room and can be customized towards what makes the most sense for you and your partner.

Faux Flowers

When it comes to wedding planning, flowers are almost always a must. They bring your wedding space to life! As beautiful as real flowers are, as you start looking at prices, you may come to find that they might be out of your budget. A way couples save money on flowers is by going the faux flower route.

There are many different textures of faux flowers to look for. Depending on how you want your flowers to look and your price points, we recommend silk, latex, or even wood flowers. These give off the look of real flowers (maybe not so much to touch), in pictures. Sola Wood Flowers is a great starting point in your faux flower arrangements.

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