Bud­get Tips for your Big Day!

We know that most engaged cou­ples are on a bud­get. Of course, the bud­get varies from cou­ple to cou­ple but we see that most cou­ples tend to have a num­ber that they would like to stick below. With that in mind, we have come up with some handy tips to make sure you & your fiancé have a beau­ti­ful wed­ding, but stay within the bud­get!

A major way to cut the cost of your wed­ding is to cut your guest list. I know, I know, you want every fam­ily mem­ber & every friend you’ve ever met to come spend this spe­cial day with you, but this is one of the eas­i­est ways to cut costs if you’re try­ing to stay within a bud­get. You can also look into hav­ing your wed­ding dur­ing the off-​peak sea­son. There are plenty of days in the early win­ter & spring months that would be beau­ti­ful for your big day! Off-​peak months dif­fer for each venue, but at Lesner Inn our off-​peak months are Jan­u­ary – March & Novem­ber, so start think­ing out­side of those “nor­mal” wed­ding months!

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Another idea for cut­ting costs & stay­ing within your bud­get is to use in-​season flow­ers. Talk with your florist to see which flow­ers match your col­ors, but are still in sea­son. You never know, you may be sur­prised with some gor­geous flow­ers you never heard of! You can also dis­cuss using more green­ery than flow­ers for cen­ter­pieces & arch décor. Green­ery is gor­geous & is a per­fect go-​to when you want to cut flow­ers, but still have stun­ning designs!

Noth­ing is trend­ing more right now in the wed­ding indus­try than a DIY wed­ding for cou­ples with a wed­ding bud­get. We know that you obvi­ously can’t DIY every­thing, but there are a few things that you can DIY to keep costs low. Using wine bot­tles as vases for your cen­ter­pieces can be so cute & inex­pen­sive (try dip­ping them in paint or glit­ter to match your color scheme)! DIY the seat­ing chart or wel­come mes­sage by find­ing an old win­dow, mir­ror, or chalk­board to write on. If you’re up for it, you can make all of your own signs so your guests are turn­ing every cor­ner to see your cre­ativ­ity! These are only a cou­ple of ideas, so hop onto our Pin­ter­est board to see what other DIY projects catch your eye for your wed­ding day!

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Want pretty sta­tion­ary but your eyes grew wide at the cost? Think about mak­ing your own Save the Dates & Invi­ta­tions! This can be a super fun way to pull out your artsy side & cus­tomize your sta­tion­ary. Don’t think you’re cre­ative enough to make your own? There are plenty of web­sites that offer tem­plates that you can use for a much smaller dol­lar amount than going through a com­pany. You even get the perk of print­ing your own sta­tion­ary & not have to wait for it in the mail! Save even more money by hav­ing your guests RSVP on your wed­ding web­site or an app instead of pay­ing for all of paper & postage for the responses!

Reach Out to Tal­ented Friends & Fam­ily
If you have any friends or fam­ily mem­bers that are tal­ented in pho­tog­ra­phy, bak­ing cakes, or some­thing else related to a wed­ding, you can keep costs low by hir­ing them instead of a pro­fes­sional! On the con­trary, we know you want to save money but just keep in mind that if you’re super picky about some­thing (which you’re allowed to be, because it is your wed­ding), then you may want to leave the ven­dor work to the pro­fes­sion­als. Of course, if you’re totally con­fi­dent in your friend or fam­ily mem­ber because they’re spec­tac­u­lar at what they do, then def­i­nitely ask them to help out to save some money! At Lesner Inn, we have a pre­ferred ven­dors list that we give to each of our cou­ples, but we always make sure you know that you can use whomever you’d like for their ven­dors, so a friend or fam­ily mem­ber is always an option!

You may not be able to use all of these ideas, but you can use one or two or even think of some of your own to stay within your bud­get! There are so many ways that you can save a few bucks but still have a beau­ti­ful wed­ding. The most impor­tant part is that no mat­ter if you go over bud­get, take some “tra­di­tional” things out to save money, or don’t have pro­fes­sional ven­dors, at the end of the day, you get to marry your best friend & that’s what you will remem­ber the most!

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