Planning Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking The Bank
We all get it. The excitement and adrenaline all come rushing down since the day he popped the question. And with that, you get all giddy planning for your dream wedding thus, you forget that you also have financial planning to consider.
Statistics show that 45% of couples end up spending more and over their wedding budget. While 6% of them were able spend less than they had initially intended and 26% of couples stayed on budget, and lastly, which is the scary part, 23% of them admitted that they had no budget for their wedding whatsoever!
In addition, couples, even with financial help from family members or friends, a staggering 91% of them regretted their wedding-related expenses and spending and thought of spending only what they could actually afford, and on how they would enter their new lives debt-free.
So how can you plan your dream wedding without breaking the bank? Here are some tips to guide you to cut costs on your wedding planning.
Make a List of Wants vs Needs
This can be a daunting list at first as most brides would put everything in the Needs column. However, once the reality of cost starts to set in, the importance of the absolute must will become clear. It is a good idea to start with big items, such as photography and venue, before moving onto the smaller details.
Print Your Own Stationery
Start by searching for best prices online. Remember to keep your design minimalist and choice white enveloped over colored ones to get the cheapest price. Feeling a little creative? You can opt to print your own invitation, menu cards and other stationary for your wedding.
If you want more saving and go eco-friendly at the same time, you can choose to have an e-invitation. A lot of companies these days offer wedding e-cards and online RSVP to help you save money on printed stationery.
Attend Bridal Fairs and Designer Trunk Shows
Often times, wedding dress takes a chunk of the wedding budget. That’s why, if you want to save money, you should do your homework and search for bridal shows or fairs and trunk shows near your area. With these events, you can check out couture designs and style you’ll love at discounted prices.
You can also check out other wedding vendors such as wedding cake makers, event styling companies, catering services and many others and avail of their promos and huge discounts to save even more.
Using In-Season Flowers
Yes, we all love peonies. But it can really be expensive and can add a toll for your wedding budget. Why not try using in-season flowers that are as charming as your favorite flower? You can ask your florist to add cheaper alternatives to make your floral arrangements impressive like adding greenery to fill in your arrangements.
Booking Your Wedding During Off-Season
Booking off-season does not only save you lots of money, but it will also help you and your wedding guests save cost on accommodation and travel expenses if they are flying in to see your wedding. If this is not an option, you can opt to have your wedding on a Friday to be within the budget.
Moreover, be mindful of the time. To make sure that you will not go beyond the rented time, ask a family member or your wedding planner (if you have one) to remind you. Remember, the cost per hour beyond your rented time costs more.
Ask Help From Your Family and Friends
Don’t hesitate to ask from your family and friends. You’ll be surprised that they will be more than happy to help you in any way possible. Ask around if they know how to bake a cake or someone who knows someone who can play music for the ceremony for no fee. A family member or a friend may offer help by providing drinks or simply assist you just like what a wedding planner would do. Not only you can save a lot but it will make your wedding extra special because it was done with a labor of love.
Hire Wedding Planners Two Months Before Your Wedding Day
We know that hiring a wedding planner can be a little expensive. But that doesn’t mean you have to let it go because you are working within your wedding budget. Why not opt to hire a wedding planner in the last two months of your wedding planning? These months are crucial and must be attended in every way possible to make sure nothing is missed or overlooked. During these months, your wedding planner will be checking and auditing all contracts with your wedding vendors, coordinated with them before, during and after the wedding day, and that everything is going as plan.
Consider Trimming Down Your Guest List
It is important that you and your partner sit down and discuss who you should invite for your wedding day. Keep in mind that the number of your wedding guests greatly affects how much you are going to spend on food, drinks, wedding favors, stationery, wedding venue and many others.
Focus on What You Really Need
With Pinterest and wedding magazines you can easily get your hands into, you get so many wedding ideas that it makes it hard to focus on what you really want to have on your wedding day. Yes, there are pretty and dreamy, but is this really what you need? Does it reflect who you both are as a couple?
Make your wedding a reflection of who you are as a couple by using your creativity and imagination. You can do this by making sure you and your partner stay grounded and focus only on what you really need, not those idealized, glossy wedding inspiration photos you see (which in most cases aren’t real in the first place).
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