Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting and stressful ventures in life.
There are many different factors to consider, like the guest list, venue, invitations, dress, and food. Of course, you want your wedding to be everything you plan it to be. Everyone has different wedding goals, and every wedding has a budget.
As things go, weddings aren’t exactly cheap. But they do not need to be overly expensive. There are several things you can do to cut back on expenses. Even with a modest budget, you can still plan a great, fun wedding party.
Keep reading for some excellent ways you can save money on your wedding and give yourself the day you’re dreaming of.
Look Over Your Budget
The first step to planning a wedding within your budget is understanding what your budget allows. The budget talk is essential for planning any wedding. Everyone making financial contributions to the wedding should be involved in the budget planning.
This topic might be somewhat uncomfortable, but it needs to be discussed. The last thing you want is to plan a wedding that’s far out of your budget, leading you to start your marriage with debt. You have to know how much you have available and how much you’re willing to spend.
Prioritize The Essentials
Now that you’ve taken a close look at your budget, you’re in a better position to prioritize money where it’s needed. Split your expenses between things you must have, things you can save on, and optional things that you could go without.
Talk with your future spouse about what the most important parts of your wedding will be. While it is certainly possible to cut costs at almost all aspects of a wedding, there may be certain aspects that you want in your wedding. For example, you might want to get married at a specific venue that has some significance to you as a couple. On the other hand, you might decide to allocate more for the wedding rings just as you saved up a lot to get your engagement rings.
Have An Out-Of-Season Wedding
It’s well-known that all wedding-related things tend to be a bit pricier during peak wedding season. The season typically falls between late spring to early fall. This is when competition for venues, catering, and entertainment is the stiffest. As such, prices tend to rise with the competition.
You could save a significant amount if you’re willing to have your wedding out of season. If you have to hold your wedding in season, you might save money by holding it on a weekday though.
Ditch Fancy Invites
Custom-printing invites and cards can become costly. Printing or making these yourself can save you a decent amount of cash that could be used for other expenses. If you’d like to cut these costs almost entirely, you can send out electronic invites.
Look For A Great But Cheap Venue
Being flexible with your location preferences can save you a large chunk of money.
The reception venue typically consumes a large portion of the budget. If you’re looking for an area to cut your costs, definitely consider your venue. Yes, everyone wants a beautiful wedding with an amazing setting. Luckily, it does not have to mean spending more than you can afford on the location.
If you look around, you might find some unexpectedly good wedding locations. That said, the cheapest wedding locations cost nearly nothing or are free. Perhaps you know someone who owns a place that would work well as a wedding venue. Ask around for a cabin in a gorgeous location, a lake house, beach house, or a sizeable property with a beautiful view.
Grab The Bargains
Bargains and sales can let you save on everything from the dress to the napkins you set on the tables. Keep an eye out for deals from the moment you start planning the wedding. Anything non-perishable can be bought and stored long before the actual day, so there’s no harm in getting them early.
Rent Your Attire
Wedding dresses are expensive. Suits are also expensive. Now, imagine buying the dresses and suits for the bridesmaids and groomsmen as well.
Many couples cut their expenses by renting a dress and suit. Renting a dress is almost always cheaper than buying it, making it an option.
Have An Intimate Wedding
Of course, one of the surest ways to minimize your costs is to limit your guest list to close family and friends. A small, intimate wedding can be just as beautiful as any other. It might even feel more special to you. Keeping your guest list small helps you save on just about every expense involved. Besides, your wedding party is sure to be fun when everyone attending is close-knit.
The surprisingly common belief that a good wedding party needs to cost a fortune could not be more wrong. You can have a beautiful wedding without overspending. Plan your budget well, cut down on expenses where you’re willing to, and you’ll have an amazing wedding that’ll be remembered forever.