So, you're in the process of planning a wedding, but you're understandably a little intimidated by the costs involved. Not to worry; there are all kinds of things you can do to make the most of your budget and cut down on your wedding costs while still making sure that your guests have a great time.
Hold Your Ceremony and Reception in the Same Place
A lot of times, couples want to hold their ceremony in a separate location than the reception (especially if they want to get married in a church), but doing so can really add to the cost of your wedding since it requires you to book two separate venues. Save money (and make transportation easier on your guests) by holding the entire event in one location such as Rosebud Mercantile wedding venue.
Skip the Cocktail Hour and Get Straight to the Reception
Cocktail hours are often used in between ceremonies and receptions to give the bridal party an opportunity to get some professional photos done, but cocktail hours can also come with a lot of hidden costs. Typically, you're expected to feed appetizers and light beverages to your guests during cocktail hours, which can be pricey. Consider saving some money by going straight from ceremony to reception and simply getting photos done during the reception itself (such as after dinner).
Pre-Pay a Bar Tab Instead of Having an Open Bar
An open bar can certainly be a fun experience for your guests, but it can also be quite pricey to give your guests unlimited access to booze. Instead, see if your venue will allow you to pre-pay a bar tab. You can pay any amount you're comfortable with. Once the tab is hit, your open bar will turn into a cash bar (and by that point, your guests will probably be a few drinks in and won't care, anyway).
Provide Vendors With a Cheaper Meal Option
Don't feel obligated to feed your vendors the same fancy, plated meal your guests are going to receive. You're under no obligation to do this, and most caterers will be happy to provide you with a less expensive meal option to serve your vendors. In some cases, your vendors might even choose to bring their own food, so just ask or check your contract with each vendor to find out what is expected from you. Doing so can save you a lot of money in the long-run.