Tips (contd) (16 – 20 looks like a must do !)
11. For a garden wedding, look into renting an historic mansion; many of these have gardens that are included in the deal. You may find, as did one couple, that the mansion they rented had no time limit, and the fee was less than half a hall rental.
12. Look for reception packages. Holding your event at a venue that provides catering and food-service items will save you quite a bit of money on rentals.
13. 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!)
14. Accept a post-wedding brunch at a relative’s home as a wedding gift. You may find that in lieu of a gift, a friend or relative will be thrilled to host this event in their home.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Most venues charge a premium for Saturday night. Hold your reception on a Thursday, Friday or Sunday night. An afternoon wedding will cost less than an evening one, as will a Sunday brunch.
18. Consider the season— you’re likely to get a better price for a venue in January than you would for the same spot in June.
19. What about a destination wedding? Because the guest list will be smaller, a wedding away may cost less than a traditional event held in your hometown.
20. Think small. Check into bed and breakfast venues in your area and place firm limits on your guest list.
Great list i must confess. !!!