To say that planning a wedding is expensive, is a vast understatement. From invitations to cake choices, even the slightest things can add up. But with a little bit of creativity and some out-of-the-box thinking, here are some clever ways to cut costs:

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Schedule the wedding in off-peak times: Saturday nights are the most expensive time for a wedding. You can save big by opting for a holiday weekend, a week day, or any day from January through March. The less competition there is for the date, the more negotiating power you have.

Shop designer sample sales: Or better yet, rent a dress! It’s hard to fathom spending thousands of dollars on something you’re going to wear for only a couple of hours. We get that a dress is an important part of a bride’s day, but renting the dress of your dreams or tracking it down at a sample sale is a great way to still look like a million bucks, without having to spend that.

Serve signature cocktails: Alcohol is one of the biggest expenses at any wedding and can burn a hole in your budget fast! Consider offering a limited bar, with a signature cocktail, beer and wine. You’ll save on the bottle opening fee and it’ll be a great way to customize your wedding.

Make your own centerpieces: Nowadays, brides and grooms are going unconventional with their wedding decor anyway. There are plenty of websites that sell flowers wholesale, or you can opt for something unique like these, that can easily be put together for a fraction of the florist’s cost.

DIY your favors: Take advantage of the talent’s of your bridal party and make your own favors. Edibles are always a great option, so now would be a great time to dust off your grandmother’s famous chocolate covered macaroon recipe and get to work!

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Let the Italian Center help make it everything you have ever dreamed of. We provide you with gracious hospitality, exceptional on-site catering, amazing affordability and personalized service, all in one ideal setting. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to learn more, or give us a call at 203-322-6950.