Budget Bride Tip for June 16: Tie the knot on a Sunday

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.

Michelle Anderson scored a $500 discount on her May 27 wedding reception in Grand Rapids, Mich., simply because it was on a Sunday.

“We wanted to get married quickly and didn’t have a lot of time,” says Michelle, 30, a nonprofit program specialist, adding that they hoped choosing an off day would allow them to snag a date in always popular May.

The couple went one step further, seeking the lower price on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, knowing most of their guests would be off the following day anyway because of the standard three-day weekend.

“I really expected them to not have the discount because of the holiday, but it was still offered, and it was offered across the board,” says Michelle, who married Jonah Anderson, 29, an addiction prevention specialist.

She points out that none of the venues advertised a discounted rate for Sunday weddings, but each one offered it when she asked.

Michelle and Jonah chose Mosaic Space, a newer venue in a recently gentrified area of the city, which for $2,000 gave them a package that included the space, a security guard, the DJ, two bartenders and cleanup.

The average cost of a reception location was $3,228 in 2011, and a DJ was $699, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.

The Andersons’ Sunday wedding cost $16,000, far below the average of $25,631.

Here are Michelle and Jonah at their reception ...

Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception

Budget Bride Tip for June 15: Hire a friend to make your wedding gown

Thanks to Michelle and Jonah for sharing this personal photo with us.