The Ultimate Guide to the Wedding Budget: 6 Ways to Save $2,000 on Your Big Day

Ways to Save $2,000 on Your Wedding

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As hard as you try to set and stick to a manageable wedding budget, unexpected expenses almost always pop up and derail your careful planning. We've already given you tips that will cut $500 and $1,000 off your bottom line, but now we're tackling an even larger number that will make a huge impact. Here, six expert ways to shave $2,000 off your wedding budget!

Wedding Date
Get married on an off-peak day, like a Friday, or an off-peak time, like the morning. With enough notice, guests can easily accommodate your Friday evening wedding date and brunch receptions have become particularly trendy. Both options allow you to still celebrate in a big way, but keep the budget significantly lower.

The Guest List
If you need a place to save big, give your guest list some serious thought. Sure, deciding who not to invite is tricky, but just remember these quick figures: For the average $30,000 wedding, shrinking a 150-person bash by just 16 guests will cut two grand off the budget.

See More: Two Bouquets, Two Budgets: Save vs. Splurge

The Menu
Include one veggie dish on your dinner menu, which will cost way less than chicken, fish, or steak. Hearty pastas are just as filling and delicious!

Instead of having your ceremony and reception at two different sites, choose one venue that can accommodate both aspects of your big day. You'll save big on transportation.

Choose a DJ
Forgo a live band, which can cost $5,000 or more, in favor of a DJ, whose fees typically start around $800. You'll still have a pro-entertainer that can read the feel of the room and you'll keep some extra cash in your pocket.

Hire a Young Photographer
Find an up-and-coming photographer to shoot your wedding day. Some of the most original work is turned out by new faces — and it's less pricey.

For more genius budget advice, be sure to check out our February/March issue, on newsstands now and available for download!

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