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Cost Saving Ideas for Your Wedding

Storybook Weddings & Events is in the event industry to help plan weddings efficiently, orderly and with as little stress possible. As planners, we love providing our Storybook Couples with cost saving tips and tricks! Who doesn’t enjoy learning how to save money while still throwing an unforgettable event!?

Be Conscious of Your Guest Count

When you have already invited 10 out of your 15 cousins, what is the big deal with adding on 5 more?

At a certain point, you will realize that it is really easy to continue adding guests to your list. However, after booking your venue, catering, floral and all other vendors, things begin adding up. Including your five cousins whom you haven’t seen years, could equal out to hundreds and hundreds of more dollars.

Buy In-Season Floral and Food

While working for one of Chicago’s  top catering companies, I had witnessed firsthand how food prices fluctuate depending on the season. Just like you wouldn’t expect low prices on berries during December, your catering costs will be much higher when requesting Autumnal squashes for a spring wedding menu. Make sure that you are putting together a menu to match your wedding season.

The same thing goes for floral. Spring and summer allows for beautiful blooms for less. Doing some research on your floral preferences and asking for similar alternatives from your florist may help lower your costs.

Plan Your Big Day During the Off-Season

Many venues and caterers offer special rates when you book your wedding during their off-season. This is a great way to save money and still use the vendors that you had wanted.

We have some fun and creative ideas for throwing the perfect winter wedding! Warm blankets, hot cocoa and a fireplace…Yes, Please!!

Hire a Wedding Planner

Reinstating the first point in our blog, Storybook Chicago is in the business of planning weddings efficiently, orderly and with as little stress as possible. As planners, we have built wonderful partnerships with our preferred vendors to help share their best prices.

When it comes to contracts, pricing and negotiations, we are there to handle it! Because we have strong relationships with our vendors, we are able to discuss pricing effectively in order to remain as close as possible to your budgets.

If you have questions or need assistance with budgets or other cost saving ideas, Storybook Chicago offers a guidance package that allows us to sit together, one on one, and chat through concerns and ideas. Remember, we are here to help you write your story!

Inquire at or call us at 312-231-4941.

Happy Planning!

-Storybook Chicago

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