5 Ways to Cut Spending for the Wedding

●      Cut the programs.

Spending money on paper stock and design of a program adds up quickly for items that will be used for 10 minutes then find their way either to the trash or the ground. The best way to inform guests about wedding party members and ceremony schedule is to make a sign. You can always write on a clear window, chalkboard, or poster. Creativity is key! You can also DIY a chalkboard sign by purchasinga big picture frame from a thrift store, spray painting it with black chalk paint, then writing on it with chalk pen. Voila!

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Venue: Zyntango Farm (Whitestown, IN)

●      Guest party favors

Guest favors are generous, but are they really worth the extra money and time to make? Don’t get me wrong, some favors are great to receive as guests: honey, hangover kit, or your own drink coozie. But, some guests may forget it and then you are stuck with extras! If you really want to show your guests your appreciation for their attendence , then take time out of the wedding to go thank them personally for coming. A personal acknowledgement means so much more than a small bag of candy or random item with your name and date on it.

●      Use the extra amenities your venue offers.

All venues are different, but many offer extra amenities that come along with booking or can be added on for a small fee that will make it easier for you to enjoy your special day. Décor items add up quickly; therefore, always check to see if the venue offers any décor items, from small mirrors, vases, signs, to other décor to bring the room together.

●      Keep your dessert simple.

Buying a three to four layer cake isn’t always the best option; often half of it goes to waste or there is an extreme charge to just have the caterer cut it for your guests. Keeping with the cake tradition can still happen, but on a smaller layer, literally. Have a small cake for you and your significant other, but then provide another small dessert for the guests from truffles, cake pops, cupcakes, to a fun goodie bar of desserts that allows them to make their own sweet plate.

●      Facebook and resale groups.

Facebook resell groups are a great place to find décor, linens, and other items that you may need to tie your day together. Use these pages to your advantage.  You can get items at a discounted price, such as, table pieces, linens, and extra décor pieces . Not only can you use these groups to find décor items, but you can always ask advice on vendors, locations, and any other concerns you have the special day.