Getting Married? Helpful Tips to Avoid Blowing Your Budget

May 24, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
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Congratulations on your upcoming marriage! How is wedding planning going? Is everything just a bit too expensive? You’re not the only one who thinks so. We want your wedding to be a time of celebration and not of financial heartache. That’s why we’ve compiled these five tips for creating a memorable ceremony and reception that is still frugal.

1. Focus on intimacy instead of size

Of course, you want everyone to share in your happiness. There is, however, such a thing as inviting too many people to the party. When drafting a guest list, think about quality over quantity. The more people you invite, the less intimate your celebration becomes, and the higher the cost for invitations, food, favors, and other guest-related costs. Consider focusing your energy on creating an intimate setting where you, your spouse, and close loved ones are present. The others will understand and enjoy the pictures that you post online after the festivities have convened.

2. Have your wedding at home, at a park, or at the beach

Many soon-to-be newlyweds do not realize the expense of renting a location for their ceremony and reception. It may be much cheaper to hold your wedding event outdoors where the scenery is picturesque enough for great pictures. In these scenarios, have a back-up plan in case of rain or unexpected winds. You don’t want your frugal wedding to turn into a nightmare. In cases where the weather won’t allow for an outdoor wedding, ask friends and family members if they would be willing to host your wedding in their home (of if they know someone else who might). A charming wedding at a relative’s home could be just the solution you’re looking for.

3. DIY invitations and favors

Not everything in your wedding makes sense to DIY. There are some tasks that are best left to the professionals (for example, your photographer). But there are definitely ways to cut costs with non-essentials by doing it yourself. For example, many brides spend hundreds of dollars on custom-designed invitations that either end up in the trash or lost in the mail. Save money on invitations and wedding favors by making them yourself. Enlist the help of the bridal party for tasks like this.

4. Take out a small loan

If, after you have saved and budgeted all you can, you still find yourself with a budget shortfall, it might be practical to take out a small loan. Taking out a loan for a wedding should not be undertaken in frivolous circumstances. Loans are not the ideal solution, but if unexpected expenses pile up and savings run out and you have no other way of increasing your income or borrowing from friends or family, it may be best option available. Large loans for weddings are not advisable; if a loan is necessary at all, keep it small, and adhere to a strict budget.

5. Rent your dress

Wedding dresses and alterations can get ridiculously expensive. This advice is probably too much for most brides, but it’s true: renting your wedding dress is a practical and budget-friendly choice. After all, you only wear the dress for one day, right? What could be more wasteful than spending thousands of dollars on a garment that you will only wear once? It’s the same reason why many grooms rent a tux for their wedding day—it’s a great strategy to save money! Renting a wedding dress usually costs well under $1000, and that price often includes alterations and accessories (veils, corsets, slips, sashes and more). Also, rented wedding gowns are often highly customizable, allowing you to build your dream dress exactly as you want it by mixing and matching skirts and bodices in the renter’s inventory. Don’t let stigma scare you away from this great, cost-effective option!

Weddings are beautiful occasions that should leave everyone feeling joyful and happy. If your finances are a source of struggle in wedding planning, there are many more strategies for saving money out there. You can save money and still have a lovely wedding that you can look back on in years to come.

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