Planning Two Weddings? Here Are 7 Budget Tips To Help

COVID has changed weddings where there are now lots of couples who are having not one, but two weddings.

A smaller wedding now and a bigger wedding later.

The idea can seem kinda crazy, but makes perfect sense given the restrictions and need for safety. Plus it gives you a chance to still get married and not have to wait, but also celebrate when things are “normal”.

It’s sort of the best of both worlds.

But two weddings means two weddings.

That’s two weddings you not only have to plan, but pay for.

Granted one is smaller and one is bigger and there will likely be a chunk of time between the two (maybe a year or two even) which helps with the budget.

But, still…

You’re paying for two weddings!

And trying to figure out how you’re going to do that, can be stressful to say the least.

So, here are 7 budget tips that will help if you’re planning two weddings.

7 BUDGET TIPS TO HELP WHEN PLANNING TWO WEDDINGS

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TIP #1 – BOOK THE SAME VENDORS FOR BOTH WEDDINGS

So, each wedding will obviously be a little bit different, but you can save on costs if you book the same vendor for both weddings.

Because you’re booking them for two events, the vendor is much more likely to be willing to negotiate and potentially give you a good deal.

Because it’s a chance for them to book two weddings at once. And for you, it’s a chance to save some money.

So you aren’t paying for them in full, twice.

Now this won’t work for all vendors, but there are likely at least a few you’ll need for both weddings. Like a photographer for example. Or a hair and makeup artist, florist or DJ.

And the bonus of hiring the same vendor twice is that for the second wedding you’ll already know them and be comfortable with them.

Another bonus? It makes planning easier too because you’ll have one less vendor you need hire.

TIP #2 – PLAN BOTH WEDDINGS AT THE SAME TIME

Related to the first tip, another way to save money is by planning both weddings at the same time.

Yes, it might be a bit more stressful, but it can save on costs.

Because vendor pricing usually goes up yearly. Which means if you wait to plan your second wedding, pricing could increase in that timeframe.

Especially if your two weddings are at least a year apart.

Planning both weddings at the same time allows you to capitalize on the current pricing.

Now of course if planning both weddings just totally stresses you out, these cost savings may not be worth it. But, it’s certainly something worth considering.

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TIP #3 – PLAN ONE WEDDING AT A TIME

Now you might be reading this tip and thinking, wait… she just said to plan both at the same time. And you’re right, I did.

But planning one wedding at a time can also benefit your budget.

And that’s because you’ll be able to split payments up.

If cash flow is an issue for you, you’re going to want to plan one wedding after the other. Because it allows you to space out the payments better instead of paying big chunks for both weddings at the same time.

Because most vendors will have you put down a deposit and then a final payment closer to the wedding day.

So, by spacing out your planning, you’re also spacing out your payments.

While this won’t save you money, it can save you headaches. And that can be easier for you and your cash flow.

TIP #4 – PICK A WEEKDAY OR DAY TIME WEDDING

If you want to save some money on your wedding one of the best ways is to choose a weekday instead. Or have a day time wedding.

Now this doesn’t work for all weddings. But, since you’re having two, why not make one or both more cost effective?

This will help you not only with your venue costs, but vendor costs as well.

Because like booking both weddings at the same time, it gives you some negotiating power.

It benefits the venue/vendor because they can book something on a low demand date or time. And for you, those cost savings can really add up.

TIP #5 – PICK ITEMS THAT CAN BE REUSED

One way to help your budget and save some money is to think about your two weddings as a continuation of one event to the other.

So the attire you choose to wear could work for both. The decor you purchase or choose to include (outside of perishables) could be used for both. And any special details that you bring into one could also be used in the other.

This can save you money because you’re reusing things.

Which is also very green!

But it also makes planning easier too because it’s one less thing to think about or make a decision on.

You just have to make sure what you choose or purchase will work for both weddings. That you like it enough to wear twice or use more than once.

And honestly the great thing about thinking that way means you’re making purchases with more intention. Which is always a good way to make sure you’re utilizing your wedding budget well.

TIP #6 – MAKE THE SECOND WEDDING RECEPTION ONLY

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with having two weddings with both a ceremony and reception, doing just an anniversary reception will help your budget.

Because it’s a shorter event time.

Instead of a 5-7 hour event, it’s just a 2-4 hour event instead.

Which means less time needed for vendors, less alcohol, and less entertainment needed.

And all those saved hours will really add up.

And if you really want to cut costs, consider doing just a ceremony for your first, smaller wedding. Once again, you’ll save money because it’s a shorter event.

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TIP #7 – KEEP IT CASUAL

It’s no surprise that the less formal your wedding, the more cost effective it can be. And of course you can certainly have a casual wedding with a big price tag.

But if you keep the decisions you make geared towards a casual and low key wedding, you can save money.

For example, hiring food trucks instead of a traditional caterer. Doing a picnic style buffet instead of a plated meal. Choosing tacos instead of surf and turf. Having no dancing or dancing with dinner. Having a limited bar instead of a full one.

Or if we’re talking about your smaller wedding, you can have your dinner at a restaurant in a private room instead of renting a venue and bringing in a caterer and rentals. Maybe you host the whole thing in your backyard. Or perhaps you get married in a park, on the beach or at city hall.

Planning two weddings means your wedding budget is going to get a bit of a workout.

But there are ways to help manage it and save some money.

Use one or two or all of these tips will help make planning your two weddings easier on both your budget and your brain.

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