Stressing out over wedding costs? This is a common problem for most couples when planning their dream wedding. However, weddings don’t have to be outrageously expensive in order to be beautiful and memorable! When planning your wedding, I encourage couples to focus on the things that matter, and forget about the rest. Your wedding day should be more about celebrating your new union, so I’m here to provide a few easy ways to save money on a wedding without guests knowing.
How to Save Money on a Wedding & Prioritize Big Items
When planning your wedding, start off by prioritizing the things that genuinely matter to you both. Begin by making a budget so you know how much money you want to spend. Then, choose three things that you both can’t live without, and splurge only on those items.
For example, you may have a favorite local band that you are dying to have at your reception; or perhaps you’ve dreamt of a delicious 6-layer wedding cake. This is your wedding, so have fun splurging on these parts of your wedding and reception—but don’t forget to stick to the limit of three big things!
Make Some Cuts
Since you are splurging on the Big Three, you’ll probably need to cut out some other items. Make a list of items that aren’t as important to the both of you, and either cut out them out, or choose versions that are cheaper.
For example, instead of making individual programs for each guest, simply write the program information on a big sign, and place it at the venue entrance. Instead of serving food on expensive china, you could switch to glass or plastic plates. Many brides actually choose to cut out most of the flower arrangements as well. Instead, have the wedding outdoors, and let the natural greenery add to the beauty of the wedding. There are several ways to stay on budget without losing the things you love!
Small Choices Add Up
During wedding planning, it’s easy for couples to just look at the big-ticket items, such as the wedding cake, music, and photography. But what they don’t realize is that the small items have a sneaky way of adding up and putting you over budget.
Instead of serving a big meal to your guests, save money by serving a variety of appetizers. Instead of fresh roses, bring in artificial plants and flowers—no one will know the difference! In addition, many weddings serve cake and a fun dessert, but that’s not necessary. One dessert at a wedding is plenty, and your guests will still be thrilled!
Have Fun Planning And Save Money on Your Wedding!
Planning your dream wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. At the end of the day, it’s all about celebrating your new marriage. And, if you save a little here and there, you can spend more on memorable experiences, like your honeymoon!
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