How Can I Save Money On My Expensive NY Wedding?


When we aren’t working on our app, the Planestry team is busy hitting cocktail hours and dancefloors almost every weekend.  And since our brains are always hyperfocused on all things matrimony, we’ve taken some notes to pass along to you.  Today’s topic: saving money.


How Important is it for you to be Married on a Saturday?

Did you know that when booking a wedding venue, Fridays and Sundays are typically up to 30% cheaper than a Saturday? This is something to consider, especially in the summertime when your guests are less likely to mind attending a party on one of these days.  Many offices have summer hours on Fridays, teachers have off, and nice weather tends to make people more carefree in general. Barstool Sports says “Saturdays are for the Boys”, but no one ever said “Saturdays are for the Brides”. Switch it up and save!

Another idea is getting married on a holiday.  This idea is often met with criticism, but consider this.  You’re most likely going to get together with friends and family on a holiday anyway, so why not kill two birds with one stone, and cut you bill in half in the process.  Fourth of July wedding on the beach?  Sounds like an upgrade from a typical BBQ to me.  I attended a wedding on New Year’s Eve, and it was honestly awesome. We would’ve been dressing up and attending a formal party regardless, and the bride & groom probably got the venue for a steal.


Beer and Wine is Fine!

Open bar packages can get expensive quick.  And the truth is, most people might initially scoff at the absence of top shelf liquor, but they’ll quickly get over it.  If there’s one thing I’m certain of, it’s that party people will find a way to party.

Maybe add your signature drink to the beer and wine package as a single liquor option.  Any guest who simply must have booze will be able to indulge on your cocktail, and the venue will accomodate this request at a fraction of the cost compared to a full open bar.


Choose your Flowers by Colors instead of Types

Floral arrangements and centerpieces are a significant part of a wedding budget.  Something to consider is that flowers are seasonal, and certain types will be cheaper at certain times of the year.  Rather than requesting a specific species that might be considered rare or exotic to your location, ask your florist to create arrangements based on a specific color palette. If there are cheaper flowers of a similar hue, ask to sub them into the arrangement.   Unless you have botanists on your guest list, no one is going to notice which flowers are which.  But you’ll notice the difference in your bank account!

Looking for more information? Check out our flower suggestions for every season!


Fake Cake Anyone?

Instead of splurging on an ornate masterpiece that is only going to be photographed and then sliced to pieces, many brides are opting for cake rentals.  A beautiful faux cake is displayed for pictures, but when it’s time to distribute slices, a more basic sheet cake is dispersed to your guests.  It will be equally delicious, and no one will be the wiser.  This is a great option if you are planning a large scale wedding.


Are you recently married?  Do you have some tips you’d like to share with brides-to-be? Drop us line at  or simply reply with a comment below. We’re always interested in new tips and feedback!

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