When it comes to saving the costs of a wedding, then you might be thinking mostly about the venue, the dress, the catering and so on. But how about what gets left over after the wedding is over and done with? Most of us are going to want some way to remember our big day and here are a few ways to do just that but without having to spend a fortune.
Do yourself a favour
Though they haven’t always been a widely observed tradition, wedding favours have, forgive the pun, been very much in favour lately. We all want our loved ones to have something to remember the day by. The more extravagant affairs might even go as far as providing jewellery like engraved lockets. However, there are plenty of free, DIY, and even printable wedding favours that you can provide. They don’t have to be extravagant, they just have to be heartfelt and have the emotional connection that they’re supposed to.
Be smart when booking your photographer
As with all things regarding your wedding, it’s a good idea to start with the budget and find someone who will fit it. However, while photographers tend to be highly paid professionals, you can save some money by booking them as early as possible, and by asking them to cover your day for a little less time. If you know someone else who is getting married, you might find that wedding photographers will offer a discount if you’re willing to refer them. Some wedding photographers are also willing to discount if you can help them build their portfolio, such as by having your wedding at a place they want to photograph. Don’t offer this, however, only take the offer if they mention it.
Filming your big day
Wedding videographers do an excellent job and, to be perfectly frank, they deserve the money they make for creating the footage you will lovingly preserve for years to come. However, when choosing a provider for cinematic wedding videography, there are ways to keep an eye out for savings they might offer. Look at the packages they offer, not just the service they offer, to see their most cost-effective options. It’s a lot less expensive to hire them to make a 5-10 minute highlight reel than to film the entire night.
Choose your souvenirs wisely
When it comes to your photos, you can save a lot of money by opting for digital-only copies that you can then print out in a photo book of your own choosing. Wedding photographers provide a premium service, so they have premium prices for all of their services, including providing a photobook. For the guest book, you can DIY some alternatives than paying for an elaborate book, as well. For instance, one couple cut out a lot of wooden heart shapes for people to write their well-wishes on with a market before dropping them into a masonry jar.
For photography, videography, and other ways to remembering your wedding, you have to be prepared to make an investment. However, that doesn’t mean you should take the first option that comes your way. Keep an eye out for options above all else.