1. Choose a venue that speaks for itself, so you don’t have to bring in much decor to work against ugly carpeting and draping.
2. Avoid a tented wedding. Tents are not inexpensive and you will end up incurring many costs (bathroom trailer, generator, flooring, etc.) that you wouldn’t at a venue.
3. When it comes to stationery, the sky is the limit as far as budget goes. Try to focus on a unique design versus paper quality, as guests will remember the initial design and not whether or not the paper stock was thick.
5. Cut out the non-essentials. Does anyone really need favors and welcome goodies anyway?
6. Think beyond the florals. Florals can be costly due to seasonality. Try to incorporate other design elements like rocks, candles, coral, sea glass, etc. to your tablescape.
7. Embrace the minimal yet chic trend. Don’t overdue it with decor. Simple can be super chic if done well.
8. Go with a DJ over a band. Not hiring a full band is a huge cost savings and the benefit of hiring a DJ is that you get to dance to the real singers versus cover songs.
9. Choose a venue that does not require transport. Pick an event space that is located close to the guests hotels, so you are not obligated to provide transport to and from the ceremony and reception.
10. Consider hiring a newbie photographer that has a great collection of styled work but just needs the right clients to build his/her portfolio.