Winter weddings alone are a great time of the year to save on a wedding. But did you know that you could even further slash your costs with these practical tips. Plus, one last tip that you will leave you re-thinking the whole winter wedding concept altogether! It’s easier than you think to plan a small winter ceremony and reception for less than $5K as long as you are willing to be resourceful and patient!
Tip #1: MAKE YOUR OWN WEDDING PROGRAMS
For your wedding program, consider ready to print or DIY program kits that you can purchase for less than $20. These can be found at places like Office Depot. If you prefer a more straightforward wedding program that is easier to create at home, try getting a large chalkboard and hand write your ceremony details in a lovely font.
Tip # 2: STICK WITH BASIC DÉCOR ELEMENTS WITH A WINTRY FEEL
To save on table decorations and centerpieces with a wintry feel, stick with basic elements that convey sophistication such as white candles and votives, metallic accents in the way of confetti and sequins, pearl strands, mirrors, and clear, sparkly gems are a wonderful way to instantly make your table have a glamorous impression. You can buy these on the cheap in many craft stores.
Tip # 3: OPT FOR A NON-TRADITIONAL YET WHITE DRESS
A typical wedding dress will cost you upwards of $1,000, so why not opt for a white dress that you could wear to a cocktail party or similar event. There are many options for such stylish dresses in a wide range of styles. Or you may consider renting a wedding dress!
Tip # 4: HAVE A CASUAL MONEY BOX
Since you are trying to save on your wedding, you can take the opportunity to raise cash for other things that you and your fiancé are trying to save for such as a first home or honeymoon. Having a money box is a casual way of doing this at the reception.
Tip #5: MAKE YOUR OWN BRIDAL BOUQUET
Learn how to make your own bridal bouquet! You can purchase lovely flowers for less than $15 at surprising places such as Home Depot. Some other practical places include your local grocery store such as Trader Joe’s or Bristol Farms.
Tip #6: GIVE TRADITIONAL WEDDING FAVORS: JORDAN ALMONDS
For your wedding favors, having to worry about winter themed favors is challenging enough! We suggest that you stick with the classical choice of many brides and grooms—white confections such as Jordan almonds wrapped in simple tulle or organza. Remember to enclose a personalized tag to make it special!
Tip #7: HAVE A SENSIBLE WEDDING CAKE
When we mean sensible, it is one that you can probably make at home with the help of a friend or relative who loves to bake. There are many budget-friendly options from single-layer cakes to naked cakes with berries that you can incorporate into your wedding. A pie table, cookie tower, or doughnut wall are other great alternatives that are gaining popularity.
Tip #8: THINK WEDDING RECEPTION THAT IS AFFORDABLE
Since this is a winter reception, you may want to consider serving turkey as an entrée because the timing is so close to Thanksgiving where prices tend to drop as a result of abundant supply.
Tip #9: OPT TO MAKE YOUR BRIDESMAID THANK-YOU GIFTS
You will most likely have a small bridal entourage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t thank them in style. Consider creating simple yet elegant gifts of gratitude such as hand painted mugs filled with chocolates, trinket dishes, or coasters. Enclose a thoughtful card and present the gift in beautiful wrapping paper.
Tip #10: SKIP THE WEDDING AND ELOPE
If you’re thinking of really saving, then eloping is your answer. Plus, it’s the holidays and many people prefer to stay at home! You can always have an elopement dinner party afterwards. You can send the word out with a “we got married” message to your guests. They’ll completely understand!