Money Saving Ideas for Your Wedding
Saving money is not about pinching pennies or cutting out items that are necessary for your wedding. Instead, saving money is about adjusting your wedding plans to that you are in a better position to obtain lower price quotes for the items you want, including live music.
Below are just a few ideas from my book, The Bride's Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable, published by Hal Leonard Books. You can purchase an autographed copy right here on this website, and you'll find it all over the Internet, including a Kindle version of this book on Amazon.com.
If you are interested in hiring me to perform at your wedding, give me a call at 530-541-2575 and ask to see if your event qualifies to receive my money-saving Wedding Budget Package.
By the way, it's not important to use all the ideas I present below. Any one of them has the potential to save you a great deal of money and enable you to afford all the items you want for your big day. All information below is Copyright © 2010 Anne Roos from my book, The Bride's Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable. Contact me for permission to reprint any portion of this page.
Timing is everything!--Choose a date, time, or season that is less popular for tying the knot. Here are 7 ways to time your wedding to help you save money on musicians:
1. Any day except Saturday
is the most popular day to tie the knot. Choose a weekday to get
married, and not only are all your services likely to be available, but
you may also receive midweek discounts.
2. Be a "morning person"
is the best time of day to get married, for a number of reasons. First
of all, most couples have evening weddings, so your musicians and other
services are more likely to be available in the morning (and may even
offer you discounts). Your guests and musicians will be able to find
parking earlier in the day (some musicians and wedding vendors charge
extra when no suitable loading zone or parking is available adjacent to
the wedding site). One more note: People won't drink as much in the
morning hours, so you'll save money on the bar tab at your reception.
3. Avoid holidays
and other services may charge time-and-a-half or more if you hold your
wedding or reception on Christmas Day, the Fourth of July, or other
holidays. Or, they may not be available at all. Valentine's Day weddings
can be quite popular, so if you have your heart set on that date, book
your musicians, celebrant, and other wedding services far in advance.
4. Gravitate to the off-season
is the big wedding month in many regions. Check which months are most
popular at your favorite ceremony and reception site. Then set your
wedding date in a different month, as long as you are comfortable with
the greater possibility of inclement weather. Off-season discounts can
add up to substantial savings on airfare and accommodations,
particularly when you are planning a destination wedding. Your musicians
and other services are more likely to be available for your wedding
date in the off-season, too, and they might just offer you a discount.
5. Decide early, then relax
your musicians and wedding services as early as you can. Not only will
you get everything you want for your wedding day, but you may also avoid
yearly cost-of-living increases that your service provider may pass on
to you closer to your wedding day. Once you have hired your services,
you can relax and have fun making specific decision about things like
music selections, flowers, and menu items.
6. Stick to your wedding day agenda
Don't allow your wedding
day events to run overtime. If your ceremony starts late, then it is
likely to end late, which means your reception will start and end late,
too. Of course, you may end up having to pay your musicians overtime.
And if you do not vacate your wedding or reception halls on time, you
may also be penalized monetarily. Your food may get cold or overcooked,
your celebrant may have to get to another ceremony and need to come back
later to do yours. There may be another function scheduled at your site
after your wedding, and there are a multitude of other potential
consequences of running late.
7. Shave off some time
Shaving off some time means saving money. Here are some specific ways to accomplish this:
1. Close the bar early to help you avoid a larger bar tab
2. Don't instruct the reception band to play until the very last guest leaves. Have them stop early so that everyone vacates the location in time for you to avoid overtime reception site fees.
3. Trim your guest list. The fewer people on your list, the less time it takes to feed them, the less time your reception band needs to play, and the less time you need to rent your ceremony or reception sites.
These items are all just a sampling of ways to save money on your wedding, from my book The Bride's Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable, Copyright © 2010 Anne Roos. Contact me for permission to print any of the above information.