Have military in the family? Are you a military couple? Have ancestors that fought in wars? Have a memorial day wedding to honor those fallen to defend your country and protect your freedom.
Feature the colors of your flag if you are a proud patriot. Items will be heavy discounted after your independence day. You can save hundreds on decor, essential items and even food!
Offer a snack bar with various cheap options such as cheese and crackers, carrots and celery, even cocktail sausages.
Make it BYOB to save hundreds on alcohol and ensure guests get the liquor that they enjoy!
Give good notice so your guests don’t bail due to pre-conceived plans they can’t miss. 3 months is the bare minimum to inform your guests.
Have a destination wedding and meet the needs of yourself and your guests: the need to travel, have fun and to go on vacation on memorial day weekend. The cheapest places to go are Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
Have a fun Monday by getting married that day. You will save hundreds in your venue and be more likely to have a spot available for reservation. Be sure to take at least the tuesday after to recover if you plan on drinking and dancing til early in the morning. Can’t take tuesday off of work? Have a morning wedding so you have plenty of time to eat, dance, drink and be merry before bedtime.
Book your date as soon as possible so out of town guests can get a good deal on flights and hotel packages. If you’re a retiree and still have a big house and all the kids moved out, offer the guests your kids’ old rooms to sleep in. A simple air mattress, sofa-bed or sleeping bags can do the trick if you have to extra beds or mattresses.
Honor the military by saving time in the ceremony for a moment of silence, a salute, even a prayer for their benefit. It is memorial day afterall.
Music is essential to keep the party going. Interview local bands and hire one to play at your wedding. This gives them a gig, adds to their portfolio, helps struggling artists and gives you a fantastic energy or your soirée! You can even hire a couple of bands for an hour or two each if that’s cheaper.
Ensure entertainment for your guests before, during and after the wedding, especially if you are having a weekend wedding or they came a long way to be here. Provide details on local events, amusements and pastimes. Lawn games are good to keep guests busy, and food and drinks allows mingling, socialising and laughing.
Fireworks in the area? Take a peek with your guests. You can even set off some of your own. Be sure to check the laws so you don’t get a fine.
Cake and punch reception is one of the cheapest options for food. You can also host a cook-off and a bake-off to encourage guests to contribute to the food. Their competitive sides will come out and everyone will be busy and having fun. This is a fun way of having a potluck wedding and have all the food without lifting a finger.
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