Jezebel recently did a post addressing how wedding costs can add up (In The Long Run, Your Wedding Could Cost You Big Time), and while the post itself is somewhat interesting, I was completely taken by a comment posted by a user named geekgirlliz, who caters weddings.
Here were geekgirlliz's excellent tips on how to save money if you're going the catered-hotel-wedding route:
- Invite only the people you really care about.
- Do a buffet rather than a plated dinner.
- Have one signature cocktail, or just get one or two bottles of wine per table. Your wallet and your guests (and your caterers) will thank you.
- Don't buy personalized favors that people won't care about. (cookie or candy bags are cheaper and everyone loves 'em).
- Don't pay for a band. They mostly stink anyhow. Do get a decent DJ and discuss the playlist.
- Get a small decorative cake, then as much sheet cake as you need to feed your guests. It also helps if you do not mention wedding when buying a cake. Wedding cakes are overpriced.
- Get married on a Sunday.
- Get married during the afternoon or even morning.
Anyone else have tips for saving money on a hotel wedding?