4 Surprising Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

Weddings can quickly become expensive. With the average wedding in the U.S. costing just over $25,000, finding ways to decrease the cost while improving the overall experience will require thinking outside the box. With that in mind, we’ve provided several different ways you can save money at your own wedding. The following list of 4 tips are designed to surprise as well as help you to think outside the box. Let’s begin!

Rent Venue Space in Parks

Venue space makes up for a lot of the cost of a wedding. Consider going with a wedding space that is not specifically designed with weddings in mind. This will save you a lot. A popular place for people to have weddings are at state parks. State parks can have a range of beautiful buildings that are perfect for weddings and can be rented out at an incredibly affordable rate. A space rented in a park can provide an incredible atmosphere while also costing an order of magnitude less than a designated wedding venue. If nothing else, you will not have to worry about using the vendors in a space which will save you even more money over time.

Do Music Yourself

Music can get expensive, especially if you are looking into a wedding singer, DJ, or band. You can do the music yourself for a fraction of the cost and also get something out of it. Consider investing in really nice speakers for the wedding. Along with setting up the music playlist yourself, you will be able to keep the speakers afterwards, having good quality speakers in your home.

Make Your Own Food

While this can be challenging, you will save so much time by making the food yourself. Many dishes can be prepared days in advance. Friends and family can help by bringing their own things. You can even have the theme of potluck for your wedding and get to experience the best foods prepared by those you invite. By making food a way to celebrate as your group, you bring people together while also saving money.

Bring Together Your Friends

While a do-it-yourself wedding is getting more popular, the amount of work involved is often too much for those who get married. Instead of a do-it-yourself wedding, consider enlisting the services of your friends. For example, if you have a friend who loves making cakes, ask them to make the wedding cake for your celebration. Use your talented friends, cut down on the work you have to do, and celebrate!


As Ottawa’s premiere wedding officiant, Martin Carnahan has been providing wedding advice for happy brides and grooms-to-be since 1988. Get in touch to learn more about Martin’s wedding celebrant services in Ottawa.

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