Wedding Budget Ideas to Save Money
Let’s face it, weddings ain’t cheap, it’s can be expensive! From the wedding dress, wedding cakes to the wedding venue, it can all add up to one big black hole in your bank account! Below are some ideas to save much needed money on certain areas of the wedding from DIY wedding invitations, venues, drinks and more.
No matter how big or small the saving is, it does add up to one nice sum of savings .. which you can put towards for a deposit on a home, overseas travel, and more!
Believe it or not, you can plan a wedding without throwing yourself and your families into debt for the next decade. I am going to give you a few suggestions and guidelines to make this possible without having to cut corners. All it takes is a little discipline and the willingness to stick to a budget.
The first thing that you can do is make a list of things that are “required” in planning a wedding. This includes your dress, his tux, guests, a cake, flowers, decorations for the reception, food, music, drinks, photographers, and whatever else you feel are the bare essentials.
Then sit down with your fiancé and decide on the five most important things on this list. This is where you can splurge a bit. Five may sound like a very small number, but there are an awfully lot of decisions that need to be made while wedding planning, even if you’re keeping it simple.
If you can identify the five most important things before you start, it will keep you from letting all the “minor details” get out of control, and snowball out of control.
On this post, you will get great ideas on how to save money on the wedding reception, think off season months for your big day, ‘Do it Yourself’ wedding items like wedding invitations, consider pre-owned stuff, how to save on wedding cakes, BYO drinks and plenty more wedding budget tips.
Other wedding budget saving ideas:
There are a few ways to save at the wedding reception, you may consider finding a place to hold your reception that will allow you to bring your own liquor and then all you need to do is hire a few people to tend the bar. You may not wish to serve a three or four course meal. Buffets are very acceptable ways to keep your guests happy and still save a significant amount of money. Another nice thing to do is have a dessert only reception, or you could cater the whole thing yourself and have your families prepare their favorite dishes.
And last but certainly not least, DIY, DIY, DIY. There are a lot of very simple things that you can do yourself that can easily be as beautiful as purchasing everything for your wedding. You would be surprised at how little time it will take you and the unbelievable difference in the balance of your checkbook. Make the decorations on the table out of hurricanes with glass gems in the bottom of water with a floating candle on top. You could even add a goldfish or two if you like
The best tip that I have for everyone that is planning a wedding: It is a wedding, which means that if you go home on that day and you are married to the person that you love, then your mission has been accomplished. All of these other things are merely details. The wedding is only the first day; it’s having a good marriage that is really important. Don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed with all of this, just have fun and enjoy your big wedding day.
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