Helen G Wedding Budget Tips

At Helen G Events we realize that this is a time when everyone is on a budget, here are a few ways to help you manage that wedding budget:

1. Choose a venue for your reception that's both practical and beautiful. Many people have their wedding reception in the private homes of their family or friends. Other take advantage or their church or community centre hall.

2. Keep the guest list down.  At Helen G we let brides know that the numbers of guests impact on everything. Linen rentals, food, programs, flowers etc.

3.  Keep the bridal party numbers down.  This also has an impact on your budget. The more members in the bridal party the more you spend on flowers, gifts for your attendants, hair and make up etc.

4. Try and find a venue that is partially decorated

5. Have your wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue. Some decor items such as large arrangements that are costly can be used in both areas.

6. Use balloon centerpieces instead of florl centerpieces for your guest tables.

7. Forget about wedding favours. They are really not necessary. You have provided a good meal, perfect ambiance and entertainment. A gift is not necessary.  Many never use it. Spend that money on something else.

8.  Hire a wedding planner. Why?  Wedding planners pay for themselves and also saves you alot of time and money. Wedding planners get discounts from wedding vendors that you don't have access to and sometimes these are significant. They can also call in favours from vendors if you are really on a budget or may have resources that you alone may not have access to. Sometimes and this happens alot, a relative or friend was suppose to provide or donate something for the wedding, come wedding day, they are a no show, a wedding planner will know where to source that element and quickly

41 thoughts on “Helen G Wedding Budget Tips

  1. . Have a dessert buffet. Mini pastries and other tiny sweets are crowd-pleasers

  2. Consider cupcakes. These save money because they require less intricate decoration.

  3. Make sure the wait staff knows not to pre-open bottles or clear glasses from tables that aren’t empty. This is a sheer waste of money!

  4. For an added festive touch, dress up your signature drinks with colorful, attractive garnishes, like curled lemon and lime peels, orange slices or mini fruit kebabs on toothpicks.

  5. Don’t forget to have some inexpensive (nonalcoholic) drinks on hand. Consider fresh lemonade in tall, sugar-rimmed glasses for a warm-weather wedding or sparkling water with colorful wedges of orange, lemon or lime.

  6. Forget the full bar. Instead, serve beer and wine (both red and white) with one or two signature cocktails that you’ve personalized with a cute name and your wedding colors.

  7. you’re likely to get a better price for a venue in January than you would for the same spot in June.

  8. An afternoon wedding will cost less than an evening one, as will a Sunday brunch.

  9. Most venues charge a premium for Saturday night. Hold your reception on a Thursday, Friday or Sunday night.

  10. Determine early on what you can spend and stick to it. One rule of thumb: Food, beverage and venue should come to half of your budget.

  11. Trim the length of your reception. Even doing three hours instead of four or five will save you money. Trust us, everyone will enjoy themselves just as much.

  12. Save on your rehearsal dinner site by throwing a backyard barbecue or a picnic in a local park—both of which will cost you less than a dinner in a restaurant. (These may be more fun too!)

  13. If a family member has a scenic property, find out if you can hold your wedding there

  14. Hold your ceremony and your reception in the same place. You’ll save yourselves multiple site fees as well as transportation from one location to the other.

  15. Choose an unusual venue, such as an aquarium, a zoo, a gallery or an historical site. Site fees are not high and you’ll save on decor because the venue already supplies ambience.

  16. Create a comparison chart to track what’s included in the price for each venue you’re considering. One company may not include linens and the cake, for example, while another company does.

  17. remaining within your budget means that you have to stay organised

  18. you might consider decorating every other chairs instead of every chairs

  19. a wedding planner such as Helen G is core to saving money

  20. take your wedding out of the tourist areas might reduce your wedding costs

  21. cut your guest list #2 is so keen

  22. dont budget for less person than you invited

  23. dont spend more than you anticipated in one area unless you plan to cut back that amount from another

  24. Dont agree to upgrades with first finding out if they come at an extra cost BUDGET TIP 101

  25. #8….so important…..less hassle and stress….more accountability and guarantee

  26. #3….keep the numbers down

  27. #7….i always thought it was….u know that some favors can be very costly.

  28. finding a partially decorated venue, really reduce your decorating cost

  29. #7 is key in cutting cost – wedding favours are very expensive! send them home with a mini cake

  30. I love the balloon centrepiece idea very beautiful

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