Who Needs Black Friday? Save All Year Long!

 

Were you part of the Black Friday crowd? While most people are shopping for televisions or the must-have toy of the year, you might have been searching for great deals on items for your upcoming wedding. However, you don’t have to fight the crowds (any time of the year) to save some money on your wedding. Check out some tips that Missy Darnell of Centsible Events, one of our preferred vendors, shared with me to help cut costs on lots of wedding essentials.

 

Flowers

Silk flowers are less expensive than live flowers, and have the added benefit of becoming a keepsake item. Check your craft stores, such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, for coupons since they often have 50% off sales for silk flowers (as well as other wedding items). You can gather up friends and family to use those single-item coupons for you in-store and online. If silk flowers just don’t fit your personality, consider one of the latest trends–a single flower stem wrapped with ribbon or twine.

 

Food & Drink

Save money on beverages by limiting the choices to the basics, such as tea and lemonade. If you want something a little more special, a punch with chunks of fresh fruit will be delightfully more affordable than soda. For food, don’t forget to check out local restaurants for catering or special prices on large orders. If you want to save on servers, you could even ask friends or family to help.

 

Music

Seek out your talented family and friends to play music (or sing) at your wedding or reception. If you don’t want live music but want some dance tunes for the reception, load up your own playlist on a digital device to skip the DJ expense.

 

Location

Save big bucks on your venue by choosing a wedding date during a weekday or an off season. May, June, and October are typically the busiest months, but check with the venue for their lowest rate bookings.
For all the little items (that seem to add up in cost), make sure to search online.  You can find new (or gently used) arches, centerpieces, flower girl baskets, wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and more.