Ruby's Blog | How To Save On Your Wedding

Hello Bride & Groom’s To Be!

I’m Ruby the Rochester Bride! As a newlywed of the Rochester area, I love sharing my knowledge of the wedding experience with newly engaged couples. Today, I am going to discuss ways to save on your wedding!

{1} Skip Saturday: Saturdays are the most convenient and popular day to get married, and in turn, are also the most expensive. Consider having your wedding on a Friday evening or a Sunday afternoon; most venues will offer you cheaper rates for these days, and your wedding will be just as fun and special!

{2} Eat Light: Food for your wedding will be one of the priciest expenses, but it is a necessity! However, you can still have a great meal on a budget. Think about having a brunch wedding instead of the usual dinner. Brunch is fun and delicious, and can be the perfect setting for your laid back event.

{3} Negotiate with Vendors: Just because you are on a budget does not mean you can't have your dream wedding! For example, if there is a photographer or band you absolutely love, see if you can negotiate a price that works well for both parties. Don't be aggressive, but be honest. Chances are they will try to help you out, and if not, they are most likely going to recommend someone else in their line of work who will do a great job at a lower price.

{4} Decor: Flowers are beautiful and very traditional in weddings, but they can also cost quite a bit. If you really want flowers at your wedding, choose blooms that are in season, or you can even make your own wild flower bouquets! As far as other decor goes, choose centerpieces with candles, lanterns and similar pieces that are cheaper then flowers and just as beautiful!

{5} His & Her's: Another area that will cost a good chunk of money at a wedding is the bar. Many couples opt for open bar to make it easier on their guests. If you choose this way, there are some ways to save, like choosing a bar package that is just beer and wine! If you really want liquor at your reception, see if the venue will let you bring in your own that you bought from a wholesaler, or just have them make a "His" and "Her's" drink instead of an paying for an entire bar.