Weddings seem to almost always cost more than expected. If your wedding went over budget, you are in good company. There are some ways to save some money and collect a few wedding freebies too. Sometimes, companies will offer complimentary services to help bring that ever increasing budget back down. Here are some tried and tested tips for keeping costs down, so you can spend more on the open bar.
Printable Wedding Details
Save a ton by using free online printables to decorate your wedding ceremony and reception. Signs, seating plans, invitations, name tags and wedding favor labels are just some of the many items you can print yourself. There are tons of modern and stylish free options online if you are not too fussy. While you still have to pay for the actual printing, you can save in a big way on the initial design cost. As well, you might be able to print at work when your boss is at lunch to save even more.
If you do an internet search on bridal competitions you will find many magazines, websites and other companies that offer some wonderful prizes for couples getting married. Sometimes they want to hear your engagement story or see wedding photos after the wedding day. It's an easy way to win some awesome prizes including big ticket items like holidays and diamond rings.
If you are flying somewhere for the wedding or honeymoon you can try for an upgrade. When you check in to catch your plane just say, "We are on our way to get married (or on our honeymoon). Do you have any complimentary upgrades please?" Make sure you say the word complimentary because you don't want to pay for first class. You have a good chance of getting bumped up to a lovely seat to sip champagne before you take off!
Bonus Tip: If you didn't get the upgrade you can ask for your wedding dress to be stored in first class. They have wardrobes and many airlines will hang your dress so it doesn't get creased. Even if you can't go first class, maybe your dress can.
Basically the same as the airline, but you can ask at the time of booking or the time of checking in. Likely it will be different people handling the booking. So check and see if you can double your chance of getting a nicer room at no extra cost.
You can only ask and the answer can be yes or no. If it's no, then you lost nothing. If it's yes you are going to be high-fiving yourself.
As you head for your honeymoon you can keep the fantastic freebie momentum rolling. If you are at a bar or restaurant and get chatting to the waiter or other customers mention you just got married, show your phone with some cute just married photos and smile sweetly holding hands. Someone may offer to buy you a round of drinks.
Most people love a wedding and loves to play a part in making the joyous occasion even more joyful. People are often more than happy to give you a little something extra leading up to your wedding day or you could hit the bridal jackpot and win an all expenses paid honeymoon in the Bahamas. You never know your luck!
For more wedding cost-conscious tips, check out 10 Clever Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding.