Budget Bride Tip for June 26: Schedule your wedding on a Friday
We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.
By having their Sept. 28 wedding on a Friday instead of the standard Saturday, Kate Dantoft and Jay Valko will shave an estimated $1,700 off their total bill.
There is a drawback.
“It’s a little more inconvenient with your guests,” says Kate, 29, a psychologist.
Anyone attending from out of town will have to take the day off work in order to make the 6 p.m. ceremony in Chicago.
Since neither Kate nor Jay, 30, owner of a Brazilian jujitsu academy, are from the Windy City, most of their families and friends will be traveling from other states.
But when they thought about it, they figured most of those attending would take a day or two off work even if the wedding was on a Saturday.
That's why they decided the Friday date made sense, especially if it helps them keep to their $25,000 budget.
The average cost of a wedding was $25,631 in 2011, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.
Salvatore’s Restaurant in Chicago, where they’ll have both their ceremony and reception, decreased the cost of each guest by $10, from $95 to $85, for booking the Friday night.
It also lowered the minimum amount that Kate and Jay would need to spend by $3,000, from $13,000 to $10,000.
But given that the couple is inviting 225 people, and expecting as many as 170, they won’t reap that benefit.
Kate and Jay are also paying $500 to have the ceremony on-site — less than half of the average cost of $1,179.
So far, Kate hasn’t heard any negative comments about their Friday night plans.
“I think most people are happy to take a day off, or a half day, for an occasion they want to go to,” she says.
Here's an engagement photo of Kate and Jay ...
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