Here are the four key factors in selecting a date with savings in mind:
- Advance Notice: The farther out you can select a date, the better. Ideally, you should set the date out at least a year. This will prevent you from paying surcharges for making reservations last minute.
- Day of the Week: Saturdays are the most popular, followed by Friday. If you’re looking to save money, consider Sunday or Thursday instead. Both of these days work especially well when paired with a holiday weekend or when kids are out of school on break. Many venues and vendors offer discounts on these less popular days.
- Time of Day: The earlier in the day you plan your ceremony and reception, the more money you can typically save. Guests won’t be expecting a full meal or buffet, so you can opt for finger sandwiches, fruit and vegetable trays, and desserts instead. You might even be able to share decorating expenses for the Church with another couple on a Saturday.
- Time of Year: Consider holding your vow renewal in the wedding off season from October to March. You may be able to negotiate discounts with venues and vendors since they won’t be as busy. Another great way to save money is to plan your vow renewal within days of a major religious holiday when your house of worship will already be decorated, such as Easter or Christmas.
By combining these four factors, you can really see some significant savings. So how about a Sunday morning in January or November?