1. Wedding favors. If you’re trying to trim your budget, wedding favors are an easy thing to eliminate that guests are not likely to notice, let alone miss. “No one cares about a pen or a shot glass with your wedding date carved into it,” planner Summer McLane of My Simply Perfect Events said.
2. Live cocktail hour music. The music playing in the background during the cocktail hour is just that: background music. So it may not matter if it’s live or streaming off a Spotify playlist.
3. Desserts. “Once the cake is cut and the dessert bar is open, guests immediately move on to dancing and hanging out, anything but eating dessert,” planner Liz Coopersmith of Silver Charm Events said. “Get enough so that each guest can have one slice, make it pretty to look at, yummy as hell and leave it at that. You’re still going to have to throw some away, but not as much.”
4. Paper invitations. Between the stationery and the postage, paper wedding invitations can become rather pricey, especially the more ornate ones. Paperless e-vites may not feel quite as formal, but they will help you whittle down your budget.
5. Transportation. If your ceremony and reception are in two different locations and you have the money to spend on a party bus to shuttle guests, fantastic. And if not, with the variety of ride-share options available today, it shouldn’t be all that pricey or inconvenient for your guests to use Uber or Lyft.
6. Upgrading rentals. Many wedding venues offer tables, chairs and linens included in their pricing. They may be basic and not your first choice design-wise, but they can certainly get the job done and help you save some cash in the process.