Let’s face it; weddings are expensive! It is hard to relax and enjoy your big day when you are worried about how you are going to pay the bills when the honeymoon is over. A little planning can go a long way toward cutting wedding costs. Here are six simple ways to save money on your wedding (that you may not have even considered!)

1. Rethink Saturday

Saturday is hands down the biggest day of the week for weddings.  Popularity means that supply and demand plays into the cost of a Saturday wedding. Going against this tradition can save you big bucks as many venues offer a reduced rates to couples who are willing to book on another day (especially a weekday).

2. Fake Your Wedding Cake

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A wedding cake is a BIG expense! But let’s face it, it’s all for show right?

Most brides want a big, elaborate cake to look beautiful in photographs but are shocked to find out that their dream cake will cost them thousands. The good news is, you can have your cake and not go broke. Ask your baker to create your dream ‘faux’ cake using cardboard decorated with icing or fondant. The trick is that the top layer (the smallest one) is real cake so that you can get that must have cake cutting photo. Guests will be none the wiser as long as you have some basic slab cakes out back ready to serve.

4. Hire an Expert

This one might feel counter-intuitive, but hear me out. Very few people have the ability to network quite like a wedding planner! The right wedding planner can save you thousands. From having established relationships with vendors to knowing the ins-and-outs of finding the best deals on all things wedding, you can save a bundle!

5. Big Flowers

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This one is quite simple! It all comes down to math, bigger flowers in your bouquets mean fewer stems and most florists charge per stem. Bigger flowers = less stems = money saved! For example, Sunflowers or African Marigolds are gorgeous and easily fill up a bouquet.

6. Make Your Own Wine

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This one isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Wine making is a popular hobby, and there are many DIY wine making kits available. Some speciality stores will even walk you through the process and allow you to create your wine on site, instead of in your basement. Give your wine a memorable name and a label that matches your theme and voila! And the best part, no liquor store bills!

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