Spring is a very popular time for weddings. I’m sure you know at least one person getting married soon, or maybe you’re the one getting married! Either way, we’ve compiled these tips to help you navigate the often expensive world of wedding planning. The more you know, the better off you (and your budget) will be!

One of the very first things you should do is set your budget. Determine how much you and your partner feel comfortable spending, and make a promise to stick to that number. Next, you should come up with a list of your top five priorities. That way you can work your budget to include those things and try to save money on all the other things.

Here are a few ways you can save some money:

  1. Season/Time of Day
    If you aren’t set on a certain time of year, do some research on wedding costs at different times of the year for your area. You are likely to get a better price for venues and rentals in January than you would for a coveted June date. On a similar note, venues charge a premium for Saturday night events. Consider holding your reception on a Thursday, Friday or Sunday night. The savings could really add up fast!
  1. Location
    By having your ceremony and reception at the same venue, you can avoid paying multiple site fees and transportation costs from one place to the next.
  1. Destination Wedding
    If you don’t plan on having an extensive guest list, you may want to consider a destination wedding. This can end up costing less than a traditional event held where you live. After the wedding festivities, plan a honeymoon nearby so you don’t have to pay additional travel expenses.
  1. Flowers
    While everyone loves peonies, they have the potential to blow your budget if they are not in season. Work with your florist to pick in-season blooms for beautiful yet cost effective flower arrangements.
  1. Band vs. DJ
    Making a choice between a live band and a DJ can be a hard one, but you will save at least half by choosing the DJ. If your heart is set on live music, try looking for local bands that like to perform just for fun. They are likely to cost a significant amount less than a professional wedding band.
  1. Cake
    There are multiple ways you can save money on your wedding cake. Choose a smaller two- to three-tier cake for your display and cutting, and supplement with a sheet cake in the back for serving your guests. Chances are your guests won’t even notice the difference! You can also save money on your cake by keeping the design simple and choosing buttercream frosting instead of fondant.

We hope these tips help you or someone you know save money! Do you have any other money saving tips for planning a wedding? If so, comment and share them with us!