We all love a good party to let loose and have fun or to celebrate a special day in our lives. However, many a time these parties come at a high cost, especially if we are not focused on the budget. Here are 10 tips that will help you save on the next event you throw!
1. Plan in Advance!
Planning in advance not only gives you sufficient time to plan out exactly what you want the event to be like, it will also give you more time to search for and find cheap items you can use as decoration!
Extra tip: If you are looking to book a venue for your event, booking early can even mean cheaper rates!
2. Use what you have!
Not everything has to be brand new for an event! Parties are often one day events that require so many decorations that it is just not practical to keep them all. Using what you already have can not only be a more practical way of decorating your venue but can also help you save a lot on buying unnecessary items! You can even head over to Pinterest or Google for more ideas on how to transform your everyday household items into beautiful decoration pieces that you can use!
3. Go thrifting!
Thrifting is an extremely cost-effective means of finding items for your next party. From small trinkets to curtains, thrift shops have many items that you can utilize! (and not to mention at a fraction of the prices found in shops) Although you may not find exactly what you are looking for in the thrift shops, keep an eye out for small interesting trinkets that you can incorporate into the design of your venue. These small touches can create an even more immersive atmosphere.
Going into thrift shops with an open mind is also crucial as even when there seems to be nothing you can use at first glance, looking at the items with a creative mindset can help you find things that you can easily transform into what you want! A scarf can turn into a table runner, a wreath can turn into a centerpiece! The possibilities are endless!
4. Visit Poundland (or any other bargain shop)!
These places may not be your go-to for event decorations, but you will be surprised with what they have. It is also a great place to get disposable plates, napkins, cups and utensils at a low price, saving you a lot of money! Many YouTube videos are also available out there to show you how to transform your Poundland finds into something that could be more suited for you!
Extra tip: Make sure to visit multiple different outlets as not all outlets carry the same items!
5. DIY it!
DIY-ing (or Doing It Yourself) can really help you save a lot when preparing for your next event. You will be surprised at how much you can save by purchasing a few materials and making it yourself instead of buying it from the store. Although DIYs may be time consuming from time to time, the personalization that you can do to the items would be well worth it! You can also make it a great family bonding activity to do these DIYs together!
Extra tip: Head over to our previous blog post for some eco-friendly DIYs for inspiration for your next event!
6. Shop Online!
Shopping online can have its many perks, including many discount codes! There are many websites out there which have discount codes available for you to use when you are buying online. You can even download those extensions that enable cashback or those that help you find the best discount codes to apply per purchase. Doing the shopping for your next event online can also allow you to compare prices from all over before making the choice to buy something. (Amazon has awesome deals from time to time!)
7. Make it Yourself!
No, it is not the same tip as tip number 5. Make it yourself meaning that you should make the food, snacks and drinks served yourself! Sometimes, nothing is better than a home cooked meal on your special day. Same goes for the drinks and snacks! No one knows you and your guests better than you! So why not make your own dishes and drinks and customize it to your own liking! Imagine, a personalized menu on your special day that not only blows your guests away but also saves you so much money!
Extra tip: You can even take it one step further by making your party a pot-luck party with everyone bringing in their own special dish! (Or even better, don’t have your party at meal times to skip on providing food overall!)
8. Rent NOT Buy!
Especially if you are planning a large-scale event, renting your equipment instead of buying them can save you a ton of money! There are many companies out there who rent out party equipment for you to use for your event. From decoration pieces to wine glasses, renting all these items instead of buying everything for your event can be an incredibly cost-effective option.
9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Planning an event can be pretty difficult if you were to do it by yourself. Thus, we suggest that you ask around to friends and family to help with the decorations or food prep to help you take some of the lead of. Furthermore, you can ask them if they have any of the items you need, preventing you form spending more money on buying those items! It will also act as a fun bonding experience for all of you!
10. Plan your budget beforehand!
Last but no least, one of the most important ways to ensure that you save money on your next event would be to plan your budget way before doing anything else. Having a clear budget breakdown as to how much money you’ll be spending where would not only allow your event to be budget, but it will also help you stick to it! Knowing how much you have left to spend on certain items will often make you think more creatively, preventing you from blowing your budget!
Overall, despite all these money saving tips, it is just as important for you to have fun throughout the event planning journey. Money is obviously a crucial feature in planning such events, but it is important to not lose sight as to what it is this event is for, for you to have a great time with all you family and friends. So even if your decorations are not the best because of the tight budget you are on, or even if you blew your budget in the end, all that matters is the time spent with family and friends celebrating that special day.
We hope that these tips were useful and that you will have a successful event! Tag us @conkerevents in some pictures of your events as we would love to see what you come up with! If you want more tips and tricks on how to budget for an event, head over to our Pinterest board to find more money saving ideas you can use or head over to another one of our blog posts about budget friendly themes you can use for your next event.