Barmitzvahs and Batmitzvahs on a budget. Top 10 tips for Saving Money

Barmitzvah Budget

Going into a Barmitzvah or Batmitzvah – it is important to have a well prepared mind-set and sense of perspective about what your budget is and not to get carried away. Peer pressure and temptation unfortunately added together equals expensive! Expensive can then become stressful and debt.

Here are some money saving tips that you may find useful:

  1. Early bird negotiations with suppliers can sometimes equal a discounted deal
  2. Conversely booking a supplier very late can mean a massive discount (although it is risky to leave essentials late but maybe some luxury extras)
  3. It’s a numbers game – reduce those numbers!
  4. Have you thought about a Weekday Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah? Again this may mean cheaper venues or supplier costs.
  5. Create a payment plan with suppliers
  6. Why not try a relatively new supplier to the market? For example a photographer who wants to establish themselves in the Barmitzvah market and build testimonials will often provide a hugely incentivised deal.
  7. A buffet or canapes can often be cheaper than a formal sit down meal
  8. DIY invitations – Why not make your own creative and personalised invitations? Or send invites online?
  9. Visit and speak to many venues. There is an amazing selection of Bar & Bat Mitzvah Venues so the more you see the more bargaining you may be able to do.
  10. Party Planners – Although it may seem strange, a planner may actually help you save money. A planner can help you establish priorities, within your budget, and comes with a working knowledge of what that number will buy you. They will also have vendors at different prices.

One thing not to tighten up on is the entertainment. A really talented DJ/Band is of paramount importance if you are having a dancing based simcha. A DJ/band who keeps the kids engaged and dancing all night long is going to give them a fun evening. You don’t need much else if the DJ/band knows what they are doing.

Don’t be pressured. More isn’t always better. Bar Mitzvah’s and Bat Mitzvah’s should be down to earth and meaningful. Every function should suit the child’s personality and be personal to you and your family – no matter the budget – Enjoy!

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