If you and your partner are marriage minded, you may have recently become engaged. Valentine’s Day is the second most popular day of the year to get engaged, after Christmas Day. In fact, almost half of all engagements occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, which is why it’s known as engagement season.
If you’re currently planning a wedding, you may be experiencing sticker shock at how much it costs to say “I do.” According to a recent study conducted by online wedding planner The Knot, the average wedding cost was $35,329 in 2016. And that cost doesn’t even include the cost of a honeymoon, which could add several thousands dollar to the total.
According to a recent article by Buzzfeed, here are 5 smart ways to save on the cost of a wedding.
- Don’t get married on a Saturday. Most venues charge much less for weddings on Friday or Sunday, and even less for mid-week ceremonies. Consider a Sunday wedding during a three-day weekend, when your friends and family will have Monday off to recover from the festivities.
- Rent a home for the wedding and lodging. A fun new trend ditches the church and catering hall model. Instead, couples rent a huge vacation home for a few days and throw a wedding house party. Bring in a caterer for a festive touch so nobody is stuck on dish duty.
- Get hitched on campus. Even if you and your fiancé didn’t attend the same alma mater, many universities have beautiful facilities you can rent for a fraction of the price of private venues. They also make excellent settings for photos.
- Don’t serve a sit-down dinner. Hors d’oeuvres and/or cake and champagne are plenty, especially if you have a night wedding. And honestly, nobody is going to miss the chicken or fish.
- Get married in December. Most places are beautifully decorated for the Holidays, which means you will save on flowers and other decor.