Skip the champagne toast.
They are overrated, anyway. Champagne can easily cost you roughly around an arm and a leg, and that is putting it lightly. The point in this is that you ought to lay off of the expensive booze as much as possible especially if you are running on a really tight wedding budget when it all comes down to it. You can opt for a relatively affordably priced wine instead. The point is that you don’t have to burn through all that money just because you want a great toast during the wedding reception party. You don’t have to. The toast will be made regardless because the people who are there tend to care a lot about you and they care a lot about what they share with you during the wedding and this is all that you need to focus on. If you have enough cash to wing the expense for 100 glasses or so of champagne, then indulge by all means. However, you don’t have to do that just because you want a great toast while at the party. The people who love you and your partner will make the toast with you and for you regardless of whatever it is you may be serving them.
Go for food stations or finger foods instead of the full set meals.
Full set meals can be really expensive. You need to understand the fact that most of the caterers, hotels, restaurants and pretty much all of the other vendors out there in the foodservice industry usually charge you by the plate and for a premium cost even. If you are a bit short on the wedding budget side of things, this can be a real problem, even when you try to limit the amount of guests that you are inviting to the wedding at some point or so. You can opt for a mid morning wedding ceremony so that you can just serve finger breakfast foods. You can hold your wedding in the middle of the afternoon as well so that you can just have food stations instead of actual main courses so that you don’t have to spend too much money on the food. Most people aren’t there to eat anyway so you might want to cut down on your costs.
Don’t offer a full bar.
A full bar is the type of thing that equally relates to far lighter pockets and this is not the type of thing that you would want to spend out if you have the choice or the option to save up a little bit instead. Have one or two types of wine, include a beer option, and then maybe one hard drink such as a scotch or something that is fairly similar to that when it all comes down to it. Have 3 classifications and that’s all that you are really going to need and that is all that you need to know at the end of the day.
Limit your wedding photographer hours and opt for a crowdsourced technique instead.
This way, your get to save a little money on the side. Book a great photographer but just go for the basic package so that you can cut your costs.