How to Save Money on Your Wedding (and Still Have a Great Time)

By  //  November 19, 2023

Weddings can be expensive—between venues, catering, music, and décor, the costs can really add up. And what if you and your partner are already focused on saving up for several other financial goals, like buying house, planning an amazing honeymoon, saving for retirement, or creating financial security with whole life insurance or another type of life insurance

The good news: you can plan a wedding on a budget and still have an amazing time. Here are some tips as to how.

Get married on a weekday

Venues tend to charge the most money for weekend days because they’re the most desirable. Planning your wedding on a weekday—even a Friday—instead of a weekend can save you a lot of money. Venues often offer discounts for weekdays, and if you’re looking to book during peak season, the savings could be even bigger. 

Choose a free (or almost free) venue 

The venue is usually the biggest expense for any couple planning a wedding. If you don’t want to get married on a weekday, consider a free or low-cost option. Maybe a friend or parent’s sprawling backyard is the perfect location to say “I do.” Or a local park offers a great backdrop for a spring or summer wedding. If you’re looking to get married in a public space, check municipal websites beforehand to see if you need a permit or reservation.

Shop sample sales and online retailers

Shopping sample sales can be a great way to save money on a wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses. Look for sales in your area, and have an idea of what you want before you go in—these things can be hectic! 

Plenty of big online retailers have started to offer wedding dresses, often for less than at a boutique. And, if you’re looking for more casual options, you can always look for dresses in your preferred color at your favorite stores. 

Borrow things you’ll only use once 

Did a friend use a veil that you really liked? Did you really love someone’s welcome sign for their wedding? Does your partner really want to wear your mom’s earrings? Chances are, they’re more than willing to let you use it for your special day. Borrowing things you’re only going to use once can save you tons of money while still allowing you to have the elements you want in your wedding. 

Send digital invites and save-the-dates

Printing invitations and save-the-dates can get expensive before you even pay for postage. Consider sending guests digital invites and save-the-dates—they’re less expensive and environmentally-friendly. Plus, you can include a convenient link to your wedding that lets guests RSVP, view your registry, and access information about hotel blocks and other travel details.

DIY what you enjoy

Not everyone is crafty, but there are usually one or two things you wouldn’t mind doing on your own. Maybe you enjoy making favors, putting together bouquets, or even baking your own dessert. DIY-ing just one or two elements could save you a few thousand dollars.