With the average cost of a wedding in Pennsylvania being just around $36k, we don’t blame you for wondering how to save money on your wedding. While there are a million little ways you can shave a few hundred off your wedding budget here and there, there is only one way you can make a big impact on it – CUT THE GUEST LIST. Here are all the seemingly small ways that inviting fewer friends and family can affect the overall cost and help you save BIG!
- Fewer guests mean fewer save the dates, invitations, and thank you cards to be printed. Don’t forget about all the money you’ll save on postage because you won’t have quite as many mailings!
- Speaking of fewer mailings, you also won’t need to pay a calligrapher to address as many envelopes.
- With fewer people, you can look at smaller venues, which tend to be less expensive than larger ones.
- If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, you won’t need to make as many hotel welcome bags.
- Providing transportation to and from your host hotel? A smaller shuttle (read: cheaper) for a smaller crowd!
- A smaller crowd also means fewer tables and chairs to rent.
- Since we’re talking tables, let’s talk tablescapes. Fewer tables equal fewer linens and fewer centerpieces. It also equals fewer place settings and all of this adds up big time.
- You’ll obviously save on food since you won’t need as many hors d’oeuvres and meals. But you won’t need as many servers either. More money in your pocket.
- A smaller crowd demands fewer bartenders. It also means less alcohol consumed (and a less expensive corkage fee if you’re supplying your own booze)!
- In terms of your day-of wedding paper, you can get away with printing fewer ceremony programs, escort cards, and menu cards.
- Favors can be sort of a waste anyways (although here are some of our favorite wedding favor ideas!). But with a smaller guest list, you won’t need quite as many.
- Depending on how intricate the design is, a two or three-tiered cake, which is more than enough to feed a small crowd, won’t break the bank quite like the way a four or five one possibly could.
Individually, these savings are seemingly insignificant, but together, they make a HUGE difference! Add them all up and you can easily save thousands. Your wallet can thank us later.
What other ways can cutting the guest list help you save on your wedding? Did you invite fewer friends and family so that you didn’t have to spend quite as much? What was the outcome? Comment below and be sure to upload a photo of your budget friendly wedding to social media and tag @burghbrides and use #burghbrides so we can see!