101We all know that weddings can cost an outrageous amount of money if the budget gets out of control, so here are some tips to help keep those purse strings tight without appearing  to be tacky or having to do everything yourself.

The (often overlooked) Obvious: Don’t invite a lot of guests.  This means less money spent on wining and dining them at the reception, fewer table centerpieces, as well as not as many table cloths and napkins to rent.

Venue: Saturday evening is the  most popular time for wedding receptions, so venues can charge top dollar then.  Consider having your celebration on Friday night or Sunday afternoon.

Flowers: Choose blooms that will be in season for the month of your wedding.  As an example, tulips will cost a lot less in early spring than they will in September.  Another tip is to ask your florist for decorations that can be put into use for both the ceremony and reception

Invitations:  Use a pretty postcard for your Rsvp instead of an envelope – saves on stamps.

Tuxedos: The classic tuxedo will cost less to rent than a fashion forward trendy version.

Photography: This is an area where you definitely do not want to cut any corners, but you can still talk honestly with your photographer about how they can work within your budget.

Hire a Wedding Planner: While this may appear to be an extra cash outlay, planners can save you money.  They often can get you deals and come up with ideas that you hadn’t thought of. I didn’t even mention saving you boatloads of time, which can be priceless!