1. NO SALES TAX!!!! Did you Montana does not have sales tax? That means, if most other states have a sales tax of about 6.5% and you were to spend a national average of $25,000 on your wedding, you would save $1625! So imagine if your wedding budget was more! But how does this work?
First of all, any purchases you make IN the state of Montana won't have tax assessed. You may also want to look into signing up for a bank account in Montana, to get a Montana credit card for purchases! As your wedding planner & representative, I would suggest putting 100% of your wedding budget into a bank account, and getting 2 credit cards. Keep one card for yourself, and the second card goes to your professional planner. Even when you make purchases from out of state, you'll want to use your Montana shipping address (our business), and no sales tax is assessed! When I make purchases locally for supplies for your wedding, it will come directly out of the account as well. This ensures you maintain the budget because what's in that account is all there is!
2. Lower cost of living. It definitely costs less to live in Montana, and frequently, vendor prices reflect that. I've lived in a lot of different places in the US (Texas, Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Montana, North Carolina, Kentucky, etc.) and I can tell you that Montana is a LOT less expensive! When I moved from Colorado to Montana, I ended up lowering my own prices significantly, to compete with the local market. If you can save a little bit with each vendor, it ends up saving you a lot at the end!
Keep in mind, a lot of vendors CHOOSE to live in Montana because of its beauty! That doesn't mean that the QUALITY of your wedding will suffer. We do a great job here locally and love what we do. If you're considering a destination wedding, don't travel somewhere with hefty sales tax and expensive vendors - bring your wedding to Montana, and let your guests check off this destination from their bucket list!