Reducing Wedding Costs for the Groom and Family

Wedding Ring
Honeymoon

The average cost of a honeymoon is $4,000-$5,000.  We drove and spent a week at a friend’s beach house on the west coast.  Theknot.com lists 25 Ways to Honeymoon for Less.

Venue, Catering, and Rentals
  • Event Bar Service-We had a cash bar at our reception.  I think it’s fine to do so.  Borrowedandblue.com lists the Top 10 Ways to Cut Alcohol Costs at Weddings.
  • Rehearsal Dinner-I held a barbecue in my father-in-law’s backyard.  A friend of mine had his at a pizza buffet restaurant.  It doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • Ceremony Officiator-The cheapest option could be to have a family member or friend officiate.
  • Hotel Room for After Reception-E.how has suggestions on How to Save Money on a Wedding Night Hotel Room.
Jewelry
Attire and Accessories
  • Tuxedo/Suit Rent or Purchase-My brother and brother-in-law didn’t wear one for their weddings.  Moneycrashers.com lists several ways to save on tuxedo rental or purchase.
  • Tuxedo/Suit Accessories-Are they really necessary?

Flowers and Decorations

  • Bridal Bouquet, Boutonnieres, and Corsages-Theknot.com lists ways to save on wedding flowers.
Entertainment
  • DJ-I’ve heard of them being replaced by music from your phone.  There are advantages of having an MC for the reception, but maybe you can find a friend.
  • Live Band-We had a live band at our wedding.  I used to play in a bar band.  I’m a huge fan of live music, but hiring a band is expensive.  It’s also hard for a live band to play a wide variety of music for the wide variety of musical tastes of a wedding crowd.  If you really want live music, you may be able to find  music venue with a cash bar that is open to the public that would be glad to have your wedding party there.
Gifts
  • Gifts for Parents and Gifts for Attendants-We didn’t do parent gifts.  I don’t remember what we did for attendant gifts.
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