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‘Help! How can I reduce the cost of my venue?

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Since starting my series of blogs relating to wedding costs, I have had some great feedback from brides to be who have been trying to keep control of mounting costs. My main aim is to help future brides create their dream day at an affordable price. So let me share with you one of the most common dilemmas brides have and my typical response.

Bride’s Dilemma:

I got engaged 3 months ago and my wedding will be in June 2017. I know June will be a popular month for venues but I have always dreamed of a summer wedding. Lots of people kept telling me that I had to start looking at venues now, as the best ones get booked up. The problem is that I am being told that I have to pay more for my venue than the current rate, as it is in 2 years time. The rates are quite high at the moment so I am worried that I won’t be able to afford it when I have to pay the balance. Help!

My response:

I understand your problem. It is a common one. But I must say that you are absolutely right to be venue hunting now. Here’s my advice:

  • Talk to the venue to see if you can lock into today’s prices by booking now. Even if they are unable to give you the current price, they may be able to offer you a discount if you book within the next few weeks.
  • Consider having your wedding day on a week day as opposed to a weekend. Most venues have reduced costs for weekday weddings. I know you may think this will be difficult for your guests but with such substantial notice, you’ll be surprised at how flexible guests can be. I am currently working on a number of weekday weddings where there has been little or no impact on the guest list
  • If you book now, there should be no reason why you can’t start paying towards your venue straight away. Paying small amounts between now and your wedding day, will cushion the blow when the final balance is due.

Feel free to share your comments below on my advice. I would love to know your thoughts!

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