The average wedding today costs about $28,000 across the nation. While residents in Colorado tend to be a little more frugal with average wedding costs between $18,000 and $22,000, either way you look at it, that’s a lot of money! Engaged couples are consistently looking for ways to lower the overall cost of their event without sacrificing quality and ease of the day. Here are three ways that couples are saving money that will make a huge difference in their wallet but not in the experience for them or their guests:
- Make your own bouquet. A bride’s wedding bouquet usually costs from $150 to up to $300! And that is just for the bride’s bouquet, that doesn’t include the bridesmaids, the groomsmen’s boutonnieres or the decorations. The reason for this is that many people choose flowers that are not in season at the time of their wedding or flowers that must be grown in greenhouses which increase the cost per stem. Hydrangeas are a good example of this, you see them in almost every professional wedding bouquet, but they are very expensive, usually at least $7 per stem! You can save quite a bit of dough by purchasing flowers that are in season at the time of your wedding, and by assembling the bouquets yourself.
- Think outside the box for your catering. Catering a wedding of any size can be pretty daunting, and many times the food that you have paid out the nose to enjoy ends up being dry, bland and cold. A great idea is to offer food that is easily made for a large group of people like BBQ. It feeds a large group easily and because it is all slow cooked it is more flavorful and less likely to be bland. Instead of using a catering company, you could go to the source and order from a bbq restaurant like Bennett’s BBQ. Their catering menus are customizable so you can order the exact amount of foo that you will need, and they also allow you to choose the level of service you want – full service, pick up and drop off only, or even just ordering items a la cart from their menu. So you can choose what will work with your price range and the style of your wedding.
- Skip the wedding cake. Most wedding cakes are covered in fondant icing, which is practically inedible. Instead of a pretty cake that no one wants to eat, order individual desserts or cupcakes for your wedding. You can ask if the catering company you are using also offers dessert. If you are using a bar b que company for your catering, chances are they will have desserts to choose from that are things like brownies, cobblers and pies. If you are really set on having a cake, you can make your own at home if you are comfortable with baking, or you can also substitute cupcakes instead of cake as those will be less likely to be dried out, and don’t require fondant icing.