Peak Season on a Budget

A recent study done by TheKnot.com stated that $29,858 is the national average amount of money spent on weddings.
This study included 13,000 US brides, of both the luxury and average wedding plans. $29,858 is the highest amount The Knot has ever seen.
Their study breaks the spending down into 18 categories.

Some of these categories can be cut out altogether while others can be worked around to reduce spending.
October is considered a peak season month, according to TheKnot.com. However, a wedding planned for a popular month doesn’t have to cost the couple $30,000.
There are countless ways that have been proven to reduce wedding spending.
The Knot released a list of 30 ways to save money while planning a wedding. A few include;
-Hold your ceremony and reception in one spot — it will cut travel time for vendors you pay by the hour.
-Skip the Saturday wedding.
-Have bigger tables so you need fewer centerpieces and tablecloths.
-Shop the off-season for extra decor — get modern black vases on sale after Halloween and pretty pink ones after Valentine’s Day.
-Buy flowers that are in season (Octobers in season flowers include; sunflowers, dahlia, and Asiatic lilies, among plenty of others)
-Offer beer, wine and a signature cocktail instead of an open bar
Many of these tips offer savings in the thousands. Since Saturday is the most popular day for a wedding, one bride who commented on TheKnot.com stated she saved about $4,000 switching her wedding from a Saturday to a Friday night.
Another way to save money during peak seasons in New England is to utilize the natural aspects. Fall foliage, corn stalks, apple orchards, vineyards, and pumpkin patches can all be used as backdrops, engagement photo opportunities or venue ideas.
With a little flexibility from the couples, there are easy ways to cut costs and still have the wedding of their dreams.

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