Wedding season is just beginning again for the year. Many couples (and their bridesmaids and groomsmen) are now realizing just how much this joyous day will cost!


The average cost of a wedding in Minnesota is just over $19,000. Many couples are realizing that spending a small fortune on one day is not where they’d like to put their money.


For those looking to save on planning a wedding or bachelor/bachelorette parties, here are some tips from Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union:


  1. Plan a Sunday wedding or a wedding off-season to save thousands. Instead of choosing an expensive venue, go the “Father-of-the-Bride” route and do the reception at a home. (And if you can find a “Frank” to help you plan, even better!) Another tip from local brides: rent out a large vacation house which can serve as the location for ceremony and reception, lodging for out-of-town guests, and honeymoon getaway! 
  2. Choose flowers judiciously, and don’t put them everywhere. You probably don’t need flowers in the bathroom, hanging from every pew in the church, or large bouquets for every bridesmaid. Choose small, tasteful bouquets instead, and ask your florist to recommend flower varieties that are less expensive per stem, such as roses, gerbera daisies, and lilies. 
  3. Shorten your guest list and shrink your wedding party. You pay for every guest when it comes to things like catering, drinks, favors, and invitations, and you pay for every member of the wedding party when covering their thank you gifts, bouquets and boutonnières, and the rehearsal dinner.

  4. You don’t HAVE to have a wedding cake. There are several great options for other desserts or even individual-size desserts that will cure your guests’ sweet tooth and won’t cost $2.50 per slice. 
  5. You don’t HAVE to serve liquor. Many caterers and venues will attest: going with beer and wine only is plenty of alcohol for a crowd, and much cheaper. Or just serve the first drink but have a closed bar thereafter. 
  6. Wedding dresses can be bought second-hand, or could really be any beautiful white dress. Your bridesmaids can save money if they can choose their own; if the bride wants to just choose a style or a color, each bridesmaid can buy her own dress that she’ll be more likely to wear again.

  7. Save on a band or DJ and hook up your phone. Anyone who has worked with a DJ and submitted their wish-list of songs can tell you – you already know the songs you really want to hear. 
  8. If you’re planning the bachelor or bachelorette party, save money by staying in town, or even staying in! Plan a themed party and invite all the besties for an evening to remember.


For more tips on saving money or managing financial decisions, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union.