You’ve gotten engaged and it’s the best feeling in the world -- finally, you’re planning a wedding! And then it sets in -- you’re planning a wedding, and it’s going to be one of the most expensive “parties” you ever throw!
These days, most couples can’t rely on their parents financing all -- or even some -- of the wedding planning. So for the next several months, you’re going to want to save as much money as you can as you budget for your big day.
As a result, you’re going to want to keep your dates affordable. However, this doesn’t mean you’re stuck doing “Netflix & Chill” every Saturday night! Here are five fun and frugal date ideas for NJ brides:
1. Go On a Wine Tour
You might associate wine tours with big spending, but the truth is you don’t need to take a limo with 20 of your friends every time. New Jersey is the perfect state for wine tastings, which are typically quite affordable (think $5 per venue). Cava Winery & Vineyard in Hamburg offers wine tastings worth checking out.
2. Try Groupon
Groupon isn’t just coupons for that all-you-can-eat sushi place you hit up when you have spicy tuna cravings. In fact, they have a ton of great, local options available for activities you might not think to check out otherwise. Right now they are featuring everything from distillery tours to dance lessons on their North New Jersey page.
3. BYOB Art Classes
You’ve probably been seeing pictures of these pop up on your Facebook feed a lot lately, and with good reason -- they’re a lot of fun! Bring your favorite red wine and get ready to pick up a paintbrush. The teachers will guide you through your painting, and at the end of the night you’ll have a lasting memory of your evening together. Fun New Jersey has a list of all the BYOB art studios you can choose from in North New Jersey.
4. Stir Things Up
Love the idea of cooking more fresh meals, but not sure where to start? Cooking classes are a great idea for a couple’s night -- not only are they interactive, you’ll also learn new skills perfect for your life together. Yelp has a list of the top 10 best cooking classes located near Essex County, New Jersey.
5. Plan a Camping Trip
What’s more romantic than s’mores next to a campfire? Better yet -- it’s affordable, especially if you already own a tent! If not, cabins are typically a lot more affordable than hotel rooms. Camp Glen Gray in Bergen County, NJ offers a cabin capable of housing up to 8 people for $80 a weekend. You can invite all your close friends, and make it a wilderness party!
Planning a wedding soon? It’s possible to have fun on your dates while staying frugal! Share your favorite affordable date ideas with us in the comments!