Planning a wedding can be stressful, time consuming, and last but not least, expensive. There are so many details that go into a wedding day; each one of them seems to flatten the wallet a little more. Most brides have the urge to go all out for their big day, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But, for those of you who are cautious on spending, we’ve put together some great money saving ideas perfect for a bride on a budget.


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Limit The Number of “Plus Ones”

It might not be the easiest task but shortening the guest list is the quickest way to save money. After all, less people means needing less of almost every other wedding detail. The best place to start with this is to be specific with your invites; be cautious and know when it is or isn’t necessary to offer a “plus one.”

Have a Friday or Sunday Wedding

Opt out of a Saturday wedding and consider a Friday night or Sunday celebration instead. Although Saturday may be the most popular day of choice, this is when all of the vendors and locations are likely to be booked. Often times, they’ll give couples a discounted rate for filling their open Friday and Sunday time spots!

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Book Off-season

Going along with booking on a Friday or Sunday, booking off-season is another way to save money on your wedding. The wedding off-season is between November and April. Since the demand for weddings is lower during these months, it is much easier to score a discounted rate.

Open Bar to Cash Bar

Everyone loves an open bar at a wedding reception, but liquor costs add up fast! A good solution to save money and please your guests at the same time is to have an open bar until dinner. Your guests can enjoy a cocktail social hour on you but after dinner, when the real party starts, switch to a cash bar so you’re not in shock when you get the alcohol bill.

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Champagne Brunch Reception

Another way you can cut the cost of liquor is to have a champagne brunch reception. This will save you tons of money because people tend to drink less during the day.  Another reason why brunch receptions save couples money is that a brunch plate tends to be a lot more affordable than a dinner plate. At Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center brunch and dinner plates are equally delicious. We have many gourmet champagne brunch options.


Wedding Gown 

This might be a touchier subject for brides but it is possible to save big on a wedding gown. A great place to score an amazing deal on a gown is at a sample sale. Do a little research to find out when these are happening in your area. Another option is buying a dress right off of the rack. If it’s still in good condition, skip the shipping and ordering costs and leave with your dress all in one day!

A Venue That Needs Minimal Decorations

Picking a venue that needs minimal decorations to make the place look magnificent will save you a great amount of money. At Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center the backdrop of beautiful Lake Como and Como Park dresses up the reception room during all seasons. The surroundings also make for beautiful photos of the bride, groom and wedding party. The mint green detailed windows and coffered ceilings add a simple elegance to the reception room. Last but not least the beautiful table settings we provide are simple, chic and can be easily modified to fit any brides style.


Remember, your wedding can be affordable if you follow these seven tips and tricks. Don’t let wedding planning be stressful, be excited that you are starting the next chapter of your life. We would love to be a part of your special day. We invite you to take a look at our wedding services.