Save Big on Wedding Costs

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Save big on your wedding costs!

If I had to say one thing about weddings, I would say they are way to dang expensive and stressful!

Nothing says, “Congratulations on starting your new life together” like a big fat bill for money you don’t have and a pile of stress that could kill one of you.

I can see the appeal of getting married in a court room where it’s over in a matter of minutes and for little cost! Weddings are a huge money maker for corporations, and they profit on the fact that every girl wants the perfect wedding.

I want you to have the perfect wedding that you have always dreamed. It’s time to talk about wedding finances and help you decide what’s the best fit for your wedding. Because really, who wants to pay $5,000 for a wedding venue that you only use for a few hours?

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Prioritize and Budget

The first thing you should do is create a list of everything you want at your wedding and all the stuff you need. Write this list from highest priority to the things you could give up.

Next, decide your budget. Do you have $5,000 to spend on a wedding or $20,000? Estimate how much each of the things on your priority list is going to cost and cut the things you could live without and can’t afford.

If you find yourself cutting out things that you absolutely want, then you might consider pushing the wedding date out further until you have the money saved. If you can afford it, I would highly recommend taking this course to help not only wedding budget, but your financial future together.

It’s hard to draw the line between things you want and what your budget allows when it comes to weddings. Try and remember that while it’s an important day, it’s only one day and it might be worth it to go simpler than take on additional costs.

Cut out the Guests

While inviting more guests means hauling in more wedding loot, it is often more expensive to seat and feed each guest. Each guest has a cost associated with attending, and that should align with your budget.

Start by figuring out the cost associated with that guest and how much your budget can support. Remove the non-important guests and distant relatives focusing more on close family members.

I know it might be hard to start cutting people because you feel they will get angry for not being invited. You can’t please everyone, and hopefully one day they will understand that weddings are overly expensive. Don’t feel guilty about it.

Food and Drink

Depending on who does the catering, food can range anywhere from $10-$50+ a person. Try to find a food caterer on the low end, but if you would rather serve steak then ask yourself how many guests you can cut from the list.

You could consider putting a family member or friend in charge of cooking food to serve. Cooking food yourself is a great way to save on your expenses, but can come at the additional cost of stress.

Music

Music or Dj services can range into the thousands. Yes, that’s right I said thousands! If you aren’t picky, consider burning some CDs and bringing a stereo system for music and dancing.

Another good option is to find a music student who might want to earn some extra money playing a keyboard for your wedding. They’ll be happy to make a few extra bucks, and you’ll be glad you didn’t spend a ton of money. Just make sure you hear them play before you hire them.

Pictures

Pictures are a huge expense for weddings. Professional photographers can cost as much as a simple wedding would. The problem is that freelance photographers can be risky.

Some people tell horror stories about how their freelance wedding photographer ruined their day and how they don’t have any good photos. Others say they were extremely happy with how their pictures turned out and with all the money they saved.

If you do end up hiring a freelance photographer, I would highly recommend setting up video cameras and having a friend do extra photography as added insurance in case your photographer turns out to be a dud.

Don’t be afraid to ask a freelance photographer for references of past clients. Also remember their websites will showcase the absolute best pictures, so look for a freelancer with a lot of pictures on display.

Another option is to hand out disposable cameras to all your guests. While they won’t be professional photos, you’ll save a ton of money and hopefully get a lot of creative or funny pictures.

Location

Wedding venues drive me absolutely crazy. They charge an absurd amount of money to use their site. Around my town, it’s almost impossible to find a place for less than $5,000 for the day!

When I got married, I didn’t have $5,000 to spend on a place to get married. $5,000 was about how much I had to for the entire event!

Churches can be great low-cost alternatives. Other places include schools, parks, and friends or family with large back yards.

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Invitations

Every invitation I have received gets looked at once before it disappears into a pile of junk on my desk. Don’t spend a lot of money on something that gets looked at for less than 30 seconds!

Try looking on amazon for invitations or craft them yourself if you have the time. Amazon is easy and will show up to your door in two days if you have prime.

Another good option is to check the dollar store where you might find some wedding invites around wedding season. Obviously selection and quality will vary, but I have seen some nice ones at the dollar store.

Wedding Attire

Wedding dresses are another big hit to the expenses. If you can compromise in the dress department, consider buying the discounted or less expensive dresses.

Try to avoid the designer high-cost options. Keep in mind you will probably only wear this dress once maybe twice. However, I completely understand wanting to have the perfect dress.

Another option is to search craigslist. Many brides sell their dresses after their wedding for pennies on the dollar. They know they won’t wear it again or are trying to recoup some of the costs.

 

Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to stick within your budget. Do you have any other tips for cutting costs for weddings? Post them in the comments below.