This post is one in a series on frugal wedding tips.
One of the initial steps in the wedding planning process is picking a date. The peak wedding season is said to be from June through September. If you choose a date during this peak period you can expect to pay elevated prices. Companies do this because they know you will pay. Can you plan your wedding on those other months? If you can, you can save a lot of money!
Be Open to a Winter Wedding
Supposedly, winter weddings are starting to catch on. Personally, I would not have minded a winter wedding. We are going to be spending all of our time inside anyway. Why does it matter what the temperature is outside? Having a winter wedding can drastically reduce your costs because not many people will be vying for the same venue. In addition, if you are heading somewhere warm for your honeymoon, you will appreciate it even more!
Get Married on Superbowl Sunday?
This is something that I would HIGHLY recommend against. Even though the both of you may not like football, that does not mean that every one of your guests dislike it. Can you picture it now? You are in the middle of your first dance and you notice that your Uncle Ron is nowhere to be found as well as 50% of your guests. Where are they? They are in the other room watching the game on Uncle Ron’s portable television! Like I said, avoid this day even if the price is too low to pass up. You will be disappointed with something!
Have Your Wedding Earlier in the Day/Week
A great way to save close to 15% is to have your wedding reception earlier. I am talking from around 1 to 4. This will allow the venue to prepare for another reception after yours. This will require you to have your wedding earlier in the morning around 10:30. Did I hear about a superstition that said you should get married when all the hands of the clock are going up?
Having the wedding earlier in the week, say Friday can also save you a bundle of money. It’s because the venue can then hold another wedding reception. I pity the people who book it for that Saturday for almost 20% more for the same thing!
Would anyone like to share their personal wedding date story?