Post # 1
I just wanted to tell all you Bees who are working on setting a date that there is something to be said for having a wedding in an ‘off’ month! Part of me wanted to wait for a spring/summer wedding, but we couldn’t work it out logistically with my school.
Here are the few advantages we gained from having a non-wedding season wedding:
- Almost every vendor I inquired about was available so I had lots of choices!
- Each of these vendors were very competitive about pricing and gave off season discounts.
- Christmas/winter decor was a cinch to find!
- It was easy to incorporate lots of fun winter-centric things like hot chocolate, etc.
- Did I mention how much cheaper it was? Seriously. The average price cut was 30% off.
All in all we were able to have our dream wedding under budget because of the month we chose! I totaled it all up, and the difference between the quoted prices for May vs the quoted prices for December? $8,000!!! There is no way we could have afforded everything if we had had the spring wedding I originally wanted. Just wanted to share with all you other budget bees!
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Oh, and ETA: not knocking spring or summer weddings at all. I absolutely love them. I’m just sharing what I found out through the planning process – I had NO idea it would be a money saver!
Post # 4
@Grizz: Thanks for the tip! I noticed that since I was planning my wedding during a holiday weekend in the spring that I got great quotes on certain items also.
Post # 5
the decor was the best part! so much fun stuff to choose from! 😀
Post # 6
@Grizz: Thank you for spelling this out. We’ve been back and forth about dates, only thing we decided was that it had to be before April or after September (allergies and I hate being hot), this gives me more ammo!
Post # 7
the picture above is beautiful! i love the lights.
good for you, finding discounts! i bet there would be a big advantage, and it would be fun for guests to have something to look forward to in the “off season” (don’t know about you, but my winter/early spring could use some brightening up!)
Post # 8
I think a lot of people automatically write the colder months off, but there are a lot of really unique elements and decor you can do with a winter wedding! None of our vendors were busy and they were all eager to make a little extra $ before Christmas… I loved that they all had a little extra time to devote to us!
Post # 9
@Grizz: Your wedding was beautiful! I saw your mini-recap and everything looked amazing.
I’m probably a bit biased (seeing as how I got married the day after you!) but I loved getting married in December. We’re at a point right now where tons of our friends are getting married and this summer, we’ll have a wedding to attend every other weekend. Ours was the only one for months, and tons of people told us they really looked forward to it!
I do think it was a bit easier to find vendors, too. The only thing I’m not crazy about is that my birthday is in November, so I think all future years will hold some kind of combo “birthday/anniversary/holiday” gift from my Darling Husband. That’s an admittedly selfish drawback, though 🙂
Post # 10
@MM423: Haha… Me too! My bday is December 20th. Poor husband. Have you posted any pics yet?
Post # 11
@Grizz: Haha, so you can definitely relate! Hopefully that just means a future of amazing 3-for-1 gift giving. And not to threadjack, but I did post a few guest photo here. Our photographer said we’re supposed to get our online gallery within 2 weeks…can’t wait!
Post # 12
Totally agree! We saved so much $$ by being off-season. Like you said, so many things were available to us, often at a discount, and they’re willing to give extras and bonuses for free since they don’t have someone else willing to pay for it (we paid for 2/4ths of the whole ballroom, got 1/4th thrown on free, free extended dance floor, DJ gave us 2 free hours, etc). Extra bonus is that more of our guests are free to come because March doesn’t have much of anything going on.
I love going to summer and fall weddings, but I sure did love planning a March wedding. Much less stress and much less $$.
Post # 13
I thought we were going to do a January wedding, but it actually turned out to be more expensive than the summer! The caterers I talked to said they would not do a discount in the winter. And becuase venue options were more limited, that added to the cost too. I think it just depends on where you are and what you want. For example, if you can rent a shelter at a state park in the summer that’s probably cheaper than just about any indoor venue in the winter.