This is How to Save Money on Your Halifax Wedding 2024

Tips to Save Money on Your 2024 Halifax Wedding

Ah, weddings! The bliss, the excitement, the… astronomical costs? Wait a minute—since when did saying “I do” also mean saying “goodbye” to your life savings? We know you want to make your big day one to remember, but before you start selling your rare comic book collection to fund a champagne fountain, let’s talk about savvy wedding planning.

Did you know the average Canadian wedding can set you back over $30,000? That’s a whole lot of loonies! But do not worry, we have some money saving tips that don’t involve cutting corners on fun.

And who better to guide you through this than your friends at The Clever Barkeep? We’ve got tips and a few tricks to help you pull off a fabulous wedding without the fiscal hangover.

This is How You Can Save Money on Your Halifax Wedding

1. Keep Looking Until You Find an Affordable Venue

Why not mix things up with a venue that’s a little out of the ordinary? Think about hosting your big day at a community hall, a public park, or even in your own backyard to keep costs down.

2. Select an Off-Peak Season Date or a Weekday

Tying the knot during less busy times or on weekdays can really save you a bundle on venues and vendors. It’s a simple change that can make a big difference. In Canada, wedding season is usually between May and October, with the most popular months being May, June, September, and October.

3. Consider a Buffet-Style Service or a Food Truck

Who doesn’t love a buffet or a trendy food truck? Not only do they bring a fun vibe to your reception, but they also cut down on staffing costs.

4. Shorten Your Reception to Just 1 Hour to Save on Alcohol

Consider a sweet and simple one-hour reception. It’s perfect for keeping your catering, venue, and drink costs under control.

5. Consider a Brunch Wedding

Morning or mid-day weddings can be much lighter on the wallet, and who doesn’t love brunch? This option allows for more affordable meal choices.

6. Hire a Bartender That Helps You Save on Drinks

Choosing a bartender service where you can bring your own alcohol can be a huge money-saver. Plus, an experienced bartender means no over pouring—every drop counts! Book a consultation with The Clever Barkeep and hire professional bartenders for your big day!

Read our blog on How to Estimate Alcohol for Your Wedding in Atlantic Canada.

7. Send Digital Invitations

Skip the paper and postage expenses by sending invitations digitally.

8. Re-Think Your Guest List

Keeping it cosy with a smaller guest list helps you save across the board—from catering to venue size. Really think about who needs to be there to share your day.

9. Rent Your Decor Instead of Buying or Buy From Other Brides on Facebook Marketplace

Why buy when you can rent or get gently used decorations from other brides? It’s eco-friendly and easier on your wallet.

10. Leverage Your Bartender for Entertainment

Get your bartender to double as your entertainer—think cocktail-making classes or tasting games. It’s a unique touch that your guests will remember. Our bartenders will make sure your big day is a success! Contact us now!

11. Go for a Minimalistic Wedding

Opting for simplicity not only looks chic but also keeps your budget in check. Minimal decor and floral arrangements mean minimal spending.

12. Don’t Do Open Bars – Offer a Signature Cocktail Instead

A signature cocktail can encapsulate your love story and it’s often cheaper than stocking a full bar. We at The Clever Barkeep are pros at crafting signature cocktails! Contact us for a consultation!

Read our blog on Canadian Wedding Etiquette: Should I Have a Cash Bar or an Open Bar?

13. Stick to In-Season Flowers Only

Go local and seasonal with your flowers to avoid the hefty price tag of out-of-season blooms.

14. Don’t Rent Linens

Sometimes it’s cheaper to buy disposable linens than to rent and pay for cleaning. Plus, there are some stylish eco-friendly options out there!

15. Pick Refillable Pitchers of Water Instead of Bottles

Using large water dispensers instead of individual bottles not only cuts down your costs but also reduces waste.

16. Buy a Small Cake

Choose a modest cake for the ceremony and go for a bigger, budget-friendly dessert option like a cupcake tower for your guests.

17. Let Your Friends Do Your Hair and Makeup

Accept the help of talented friends to do your styling. It’s a personal touch that can save you money.

18. Let Your Friends Take The Pictures and Videos

Though it’s a bit risky, having a friend document your day can lead to some truly unique and memorable shots.

19. Let Your Friends be the DJs

Got a friend who knows their way around a playlist? Let them DJ your wedding to keep the party going for less.

20. Visit Your Local Dollar Store for Decor

Dollar stores are treasure troves for affordable decor. You’d be amazed at what you can find to dress up your venue without breaking the bank.

21. DIY Invitations and Stationery

Consider creating your own invitations, menus, and thank-you cards using high-quality paper from craft stores. A little craftiness can save you a lot on custom printing.

22. Use a Public or Community Space

Halifax is full of gorgeous public spaces that cost a fraction of what you’d pay for more traditional venues. They’re worth a look!

23. Share Decor and Resources with Other Couples

If you’re friends with other couples getting married around the same time, why not team up and share the costs of decorations and lighting?

24. Opt for Digital RSVPs

Using online tools for your RSVPs not only cuts down on your stationery costs but also keeps your guest list organised without the hassle.

Read our blog on 13 Trending Wedding Cocktail Ideas for 2024.

Create a Unique Wedding Experience with The Clever Barkeep’s Custom Cocktails and Private Bartenders!

Who says saving money means cutting corners on fun? Not us at The Clever Barkeep! We’re here to prove that your wedding bar can be both spectacular and budget-friendly. 

Whether it’s crafting a unique signature drink that captures your story, or setting up a bar that keeps the party lively and cost-effective, we’ve got the magic touch. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let’s start planning a wedding bar that’s as unforgettable as it is affordable!


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