Save Money on Your Wedding
Every girl dreams of a fairy tale wedding while every father wants to downplay the wedding costs. If you want to get married on the cheap but still make it one of the most beautiful days of your life, there are great ways to save on the venue, reception package, and most importantly, the dress.
Too many people unconsciously fall into the trap of spending too much on their wedding day, at the expense of a long and satisfying married life together. Check out these fabulous wedding financing tips to organize a wedding you can afford.
- It is not all about the wedding day. If you are more focused on checking off a long wanna-have list for the big day without considering the available budget you have, you are ruining your future by risking it all in just one day! Stop short for a while and rethink your goals. Because a perfect wedding doesn’t have to be the most extravagant. Ask yourself, “What can we afford to spend on our wedding?” Then try to work out how to have the best wedding possible within that budget.
- Lavish weddings can often mean disaster. Not only for your finances early in the marriage but also in the relationship. Being in debt for most of your married life simply because of spending too much on your wedding day is a pointless waste. So think about the long-term consequences that can be brought by your fervent desire for luxury and celebration on your wedding day.
- Avoid borrowing for the big day. Leaving yourself in debt at the start of your married life is not the best idea. If you have to, make sure you only borrow something that you can afford to pay back within a year. Determine if you can afford the repayments and if there are options to borrow the cheapest way possible.
- Apply sense and sensibility. Though it is easy to get swept up in the romance of the moment, let discipline rule the day as you go through your list of things to buy or expenses to deal with. If you can get that stuff for a lower price elsewhere and you believe it is worth paying for, then go for it. Otherwise, you should not blow your money on it.
- Choose a midweek date. Picking an unusual day is one of the best decisions you can ever make to be a certified budget bash winner. Most photographers, florists, and ceremonies offer discounts if you do your wedding on a weekday. And don’t forget the number of guests that might not be able to make it – another way to keep costs down.
- Go for off-the-beaten track venues. Don’t disregard church halls, village halls or local sports clubs, even if a hotel or a beach resort is an obvious choice for a reception. Less obvious venues can cost a fraction of big hotels, which are in it to turn a hefty profit. They still look the business once decorated. Even better, if you've family or a friend with a sizeable garden, ask if they'd consider hosting it for you.
- Evaluate your guest list carefully. Unless you plan on eloping, cutting down the guest list is inevitably one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding. While it would be amazing to have all of your friends and family in attendance, stick to those close to your hearts. Do not over-invite. Then, when you’re back from your honeymoon, have a large cocktail party and invite everyone.
- Tap into family and friends’ skills and talents. Avoid the price-trebling effects of getting married by asking the help of family and friends in lieu of a wedding present. If you can get them to do your cake, be your DJ, arrange your flowers, and lend you dresses and suits, then that would slash a big part on your wedding budget. Plus it will make your big day all the more personal and memorable.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for cash. Wedding gifts are meant to wish the new couple a great life together but it can also mean a platform for social banking. Of course, etiquette rightly suggests no one should ‘ask for gifts’. So what we’re really talking about here is whether you can express a preference for cash over presents for those who want to give. Hopefully if you know someone well enough to have them in your wedding party, you can be honest with them about your hopes for wedding gifts. If there are guests who believe that giving money is tacky or who simply feel uncomfortable with doing so, why not put together a modest wedding registry for these guests.
- Forego an expensive honeymoon. It can be an unforgettable experience, but who says you cannot go for low budget ones that are well-planned? Sometimes, it’s more about the creativity and spice of the whole honeymoon event! By keeping an open mind and researching the many possibilities, you will realize that there is still no shortage of safe, exotic, and affordable destinations across the country and around the world.
Most important tip: Enjoy it!
Don't stress too much, because there is a healthy, financially fab, and wonderful life together to look forward to. Congratulations and best wishes!