How to Save on Budget Without Compromising Your Guest’s Experience

We always like to project positivity and inspire our readers to see the big picture when planning an event. Due to the uncertainty of the future when we are planning events, your planner should be your advocate in monitoring the budget without compromising the guest’s experience. We want to use this opportunity to inspire all couples to stay positive while offering tips on staying savvy throughout your venue and vendor search. 

My advice to any couple looking to get married soon- this is absolutely the best time to get married! Do not allow the uncertain economic future of the U.S. to discourage you from celebrating your joyous and blissful day. Our suggested tips on saving on a budget without compromising the guest’s experience may be beneficial when planning your special day. 

CONSIDER VALUE – When making any large purchase, you typically do your due diligence and research quality, value, and reviews, correct? As you are shopping for your large wedding spends (venue, décor/flowers, entertainment, photography), we recommend considering value. This tumultuous time will allow you to negotiate a better value with your more significant budget spends. Now more than ever, you will watch your dollar, and we recommend you be extremely happy with your purchase. If you cannot negotiate the price, negotiate what is included. This ultimately will make you and your vendor happy. This will allow you to receive the luxury experience without compromising service. 

BE CONSERVATIVE WITH GUEST COUNT – Wedding guest counts will decrease when the future is uncertain. Sit down with your fiancé and your family and go through your guest list with a fine-tooth comb. The rule of thumb is that if you would not invite them to your home for dinner, do not invite them to the wedding. The quickest way to reduce your overall spending is to reduce your guest count.  Including the most important people in your lives will make it more special than inviting guests you won’t miss.

HOST NEAR HOME – If you live near most of your guests, it may be best to stay closer to home vs. plan a destination wedding. Guests will be hesitant to travel and spend money on a destination wedding. Destination weddings with a small guest list do not necessarily mean less money spent. Plan an intimate gathering closer to home, and be respectful of your guests if you are concerned about the turnout. 

Considering value, being conservative with the guest count, and hosting your celebration near home are all topics to discuss. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about planning your wedding during this stressful time in the comment section below!