Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you are over the moon with excitement on spending forever with your better half, it is time to plan your big day. Currently, the average American spends over $20,000 on planning their wedding. However, considering the declining economy, couples aspiring to make an official union are forced to take another look at their finances and plan their wedding day with limited finances.
So, how do you go about it?
- Avoid ordering custom-made bridesmaid dresses
It is no secret, custom-made bridesmaid dresses can be expensive. However, you can get a better deal at wedding stores that have ready-made dresses. The same applies to flower girl dresses. Additionally, be on the lookout for stores offering discounts on dresses. However, make sure you do this early to ensure you have enough time to find the right-colored dresses as well as time for the bridesmaids and flower girls to try them on.
- Limit your guest list
It is always a great thing to have your family, loved ones, and all the people you know witness your union. However, doing so is not a good idea as it messes with finances. As stated earlier, weddings can be expensive. As such, you need to minimize costs by only inviting people who are dear to you. Skip the bubbly attendant offering you great service at your favorite grocery store and only stick to close family members. It is such additional costs that make your big day less glamorous.
To do this, come up with a list of all the people you want to invite. Then, whittle it in half and see if you are contented.
- Choose your photographer and videographer wisely
Photography and videography are a vital aspect of any wedding. Instead of going for the seasoned celebrity photographer whose fees amount to your wedding’s total budget, go for one with skills but who is starting their career. Additionally, you could hire someone who offers these services as a side hustle.
- Timing is key
Most weddings happen in the fall. Why not plan for a summer wedding when resources are not limited? Additionally, you can skip the norm and have your wedding on a weekday or Sunday. A majority of couples have Saturday weddings, meaning most service providers are booked, and reserving one might require you to dig deeper into your pockets.
- Vet vendors
Take the time to have a sit-down with numerous wedding vendors. Avoid settling for the first service provider you meet. Ask around, look them up on the internet and social media platforms. Try to get one that offers services within your budget. Schedule meeting with all service provider to ensure you are getting quality services at a great price. After you are settled on vendors, confirm their credibility through online reviews.
You need not have an over-the-top wedding to have a beautiful wedding. Let not wedding finances strain your relationship. Weddings on a budget are possible and equally as good!