(WXYZ) - Wedding season is now in full bloom. As brides and their families are planning those May and June weddings, and as they do, many of them are getting hit with sticker shock. If you're getting married soon, or are the parent of a bride or groom, you probably want to save some money on that big day. But the problem is you want to be able to control costs, without coming across as a cheapskate.
A Big Expense
The average one now costs 25 thousand dollars. And that's not a high end affair. So SmartMoney magazine has listed some ways to cut those costs and still look classy.
Good ways to save
- Avoid Saturdays in June: instead, consider Friday night or Sunday.
- Buy a small wedding cake, and serve the guests from similar sheet cakes.
- Have the wedding flowers double as table centerpieces.
- And limit open bar to just an hour or so. You'll save money, and send fewer drunks on the road
Not-so-good ways to save
- Scrimping on photography, both still and video. These are memories you want captured forever... and you want to make sure you have a qualified photographer who will give you what you're looking for.
Probably the easiest way to keep your wedding costs in check is to keep the guest list down. The fewer people in attendance, the less you pay.
A cheap photographer may often take cheap looking photos.
And hiring Uncle Ernie to shoot your video could result in something like this one from England that went viral because the bride was blocked out.
The easiest way to keep wedding costs in check: keep the guest list down.
The fewer people in attendance, the less you pay.
And that way you don't waste your money.