Champagne Wedding on a Beer Budget

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Lots of couples, with brides in particular, have an amazing vision in their heads about what they want their wedding day to look like.  While these aspirations are great, sometimes the budget you are working with can get in the way of your dream wedding.  Here are a few tips for how to keep have a champagne wedding on a beer budget.

DIY Wedding Details
One fun way to keep costs to a minimum is do it yourself projects!  Some DIY wedding details can include wedding invitations, small decor, and party favors.  If you are the least bit crafty, DIY projects are a great way to add a touch of ‘you’ to your event!  You can individualize your own table décor by adding a hint of glitter, your wedding colors, or you and your fiancé’s initials to certain aspects of the decorations. Party favors can be as simple as sending your guests home with the vase and flowers that were decorating your dining tables or having little bags to fill with candy at your dessert bar. 

Guest Count
Your guest count is also another huge factor to the final cost of your wedding.  If you wouldn’t generally buy your guests a meal, you may want to cut them from your guest list.  Catering costs upwards of $100 per person, so if you can cut back on a table or two of guests, you will save yourself quite a bit of money.
 

Assets at your Venue
Another way to avoid additional costs is to book a venue that has many things available.  Many venues will have tables and chairs included for no additional charge.  This is a great way to keep rental costs to a minimum, as renting chairs and tables can be costly.  Another thing to look for is a venue that has a full caterers kitchen, as kitchen appliances can also add a lot to the bill.
 

Wedding Season
The last tip for keeping your wedding on a budget is booking your venue outside of peak wedding season.  Depending on the area you are looking at, wedding season is generally from mid-spring through fall.  If you know the specific months that the rental fees increase, try looking at the availability for the month before or after this window.  Also, considering having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday could reduce costs substantially.  Having your wedding outside of peak season will be cheaper for the venue fee, as well as caterers, DJs and any other vendors you need to make your wedding happen.

About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced Wine Country Wedding Experts & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past 5 years Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events.

After the venue selection process is complete, Milestone is also available to help produce events in a stress reduced and highly professional manner. www.MilestoneEventsGroup.com

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