Tips that will save your Brooklyn wedding thousands!
When we scroll the Brooklyn Brides Facebook group wondering what people have questions about, we often find the question “what can I cut to make my wedding more affordable?” The number one response is usually a wedding videographer, but we have other ideas in case that’s a deal breaker for you.
1. At the beginning of your wedding planning, prioritize wedding venues with event rentals included. An easy way to lose a large chunk of your wedding budget is having to get all the items to just seat guests for a ceremony and dinner. Plus getting them delivered and set up the way you would like can be an extra expense! With blank space venues that charge even a small amount for the venue still end up costing a lot of money and headache, because you are responsible for bringing each detail in. Six-dollars for a chair doesn’t seem like much, until you multiply it by 150 people, plus tables, china, flatware, candles and decor, plus delivery fee. This is the easiest way to add thousands of dollars back into your wedding budget from the very beginning stages of your wedding planning.
2. Perhaps one of our most boring tips, but important ones, is simply choosing established vendors. There are new vendors popping up all the time with beautiful Instagram and Pinterest accounts, but charge a premium price for their services many of our trusted vendors have been doing for years. Local Brooklyn Wedding Vendors like who we have on our Recommended Vendors list have been around because of good quality at fair prices. This could end up saving you thousands of dollars per vendor!
3. This next tip may be a bit difficult to replicate at other venues, but for Deity couples it’s a multi-thousand dollar cost savings. At Deity, the DJ, MC and sound equipment is 100% included. Why do we include the DJ? The answer might surprise you. The secret about Deity is the same owners of Deity as you know it today, used to run Deity as a nightclub. When we say we take the party pretty seriously, we promise you we do, and not all DJs are up to the task.
4. I know it’s boring, but read your contracts from your wedding venue and wedding vendors. Extra time, delivery hours, how many servers a caterer will bring, those are all fine print items. While a typical caterer might price out your food for 100 guests, they may not be including enough staff to circulate for that many guests.
5. Skip the hotel room before the wedding. Often people have to book a hotel room for the bride and one for the groom to spend the night separately the night before your wedding. You also have to book those hotels for a whole extra night to use the room during the day to get ready. Oh, and to comfortably get ready in those rooms they need to be big rooms, suites. This is something most people don’t think of or add into their budget until weeks prior and it tips the scale on their budget sheet. We’ve written a blog post about this with an alternative using the Deity Bridal Suite.
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