Top 5 Tips to Help You Save on Your Wedding Date

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So, you’re going to plan a budget wedding. YAY! You’re probably so excited to get started and maybe you’ve already been pinning ideas. But before you get too carried away, did you check out my post on the first 5 things to do when planning a budget wedding? Yes? Then hang on because now I’m sharing my top 5 tips to help you save on your wedding date.

So, you’re going to plan a budget wedding. YAY! You’re probably so excited to get started and maybe you’ve already been pinning ideas. But before you get too carried away, did you check out my post on the first 5 things to do when planning a budget wedding? Yes? Then hang on because now I’m sharing my top 5 tips to help you save on your wedding date.

Top 5 Tips to Help You Save on Your Wedding Date

This is one planning session that is more fun then planning your budget and can be so exciting to discuss with your closest friends and family. To allow yourself the most flexibility budget-wise, try to have a few days (or even an entire month or season) to work with. If you’re not picky about an exact date then you can shuffle things around when it comes to booking a great venue or vendor later.

1. Know your budget. Knowing how much you’ll ultimately be spending will allow you to understand how much a specific wedding will cost during certain times of the year. Yes, knowing that you have $7,000 and want a beach wedding is important when selecting a wedding date. It's all supply and demand – summer months are more popular for beach weddings; therefore, they are more expensive.

2. Start asking who is coming. Knowing who wants to come helps you plan for the people you really want to have at your wedding – and plan a time that works best for them money-wise. For our wedding, it was actually most cost effective to hold the wedding during the Memorial Day weekend. People were able to be flexible and find more affordable flights and they didn't have to miss an extra day of work. This allowed them to have more money to spend on their costs for the wedding (i.e. bridemaid dresses) and was less fundage out of my pocket.

3. Know your flowers. This is the only real part of your wedding, next to the actual date, that should be planned around what's in season (and therefore, less costly). If you MUST have those peonies – then your ass would do well to plan a February or June/July wedding and save an assload of dough since they will be in season.

4. Plan your honeymoon. You can really save yourself some money by planning your honeymoon and wedding at the same time. If you can organize it right, you can piggyback your wedding night hotel stay into free transportation to the airport. Or, you can host a destination wedding and have your ceremony, reception, and honeymoon all in the same spot. But this will only work if you know where you'd like to go on your honeymoon – who wants to save money but stay during a snowstorm and/or have your flights cancelled?

5. Off-season times. Yep, it's true. If you plan your wedding outside the most traditional wedding dates in your area, you WILL save money. Off-season = discounts. Plain and simple.

I’m living proof that you can have a fantastic wedding on a teeny-tiny budget and I promise, these were the first 5 things I did when planning our $5,000 budget wedding. It's really important to know your wedding date and give yourself time to work some deals.

What’s the first thing you’re doing to plan the date for your wedding?