5 ways to maximize your wedding budget

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An Expert Tip by Four Points London’s (fourpointslondonontario.com) | Photo: Robert Russell Photography

The perfect dress, the beautiful flowers, the decadent cake…the wedding budget? Many couples have been dreaming of their big day since they were little. From table sizes to menu choices, don’t let the price tag stop you from making your dream wedding a reality…

1. Avoid peak wedding season.

Typically wedding season runs from June through to the end of October. If your heart is not set on a certain date, opt for a wedding during a different month. Not only will you save on the costs of a venue and flowers but you may have more options available to you since it will not be as busy. Just be sure to avoid holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s, Easter and Valentine’s Day where prices can sky rocket. Take your cost savings to a new level when you choose to be married on any other day of the week instead of the usual Saturday. This idea can save you thousands.

Four Points by Sheraton London
Four Points by Sheraton London | Photo: Photography by Matea

2. Consider a one-stop location.

By having your ceremony, reception and accommodations all at one location you can minimize the stress of booking and organizing multiple vendors, avoid transportation costs and negotiate considerable cost savings. Hotels often offer discounted or complimentary stays to the wedding couples. The all-inclusive packages (such as the one offered here at the Four Points London) take care of the venue, food, bar, servers, linens, but still allows you to make your wedding truly unique.

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton London | Photo: Woodgate Photography
Venue: Four Points by Sheraton London | Photo: Woodgate Photography

3. Use bigger tables.

Get creative with your table set up! Think about using large family style tables with more people at each table. Fewer tables require less linens and centerpieces which can really add up. It also will add a warm and inviting feel to the reception.

Four Points by Sheraton London
Four Points by Sheraton London | Photo: Photography by Matea

4. Keep your menu simple.

The catering is arguably the most expensive portion of a wedding. When trying to satisfy everyone’s dietary requests it can quickly become costly and very stressful. Keep it simple. Consider buffets or duo entrees to provide your guests with ample choice without costing a fortune. Do you have your heart set on a beautiful 6 tiered wedding cake? Ask your caterer about skipping the dessert course and serve your wedding cake instead. Late night options are a great way to add some fun items to your day. French fry bars and pizza stations always satisfy that midnight craving!

Four Points by Sheraton London
Four Points by Sheraton London

5. Keep your honeymoon top of mind

Make your wedding work for you through reward programs. Do you have a reward credit card such as the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card? Do you have air miles saved? At the Four Points London our guests earn starpoints through our Starwood Preferred Guest Program. Many couples are able to enjoy free accommodations or flights through the use of these programs. To learn more about these Starwood programs visit: starwoodpromos.com and americanexpress.com. Armed with these quick and easy tips your wedding will truly be a day to remember!

About Four Points by Sheraton LondonFour Points by Sheraton London offers beautiful spaces for ceremonies, receptions and 600+ guests. Read their review in The Ring (prices, packages, pictures & more), visit them online or  contact Kim Samela directly by email using the form below. :)