How to Budget for a Wedding
Getting married should be one of the most wonderful events in one’s life. But realistically, it can be downright stressful. There’s so much planning to do – you have to choose attire for the bride, groom and attendants, find the right flowers, plan a reception and much more. All of these things can get very expensive, adding even more stress.
We’ve all seen TV shows and magazine articles about the expensive, lavish weddings that some people have. Couples often feel that their wedding must be similar, but they may not have the money saved up to go all out. The good news is that you can have a lovely wedding without spending an obscene amount of money. Here are five ways you can save on your nuptials.
1. Make a detailed budget and stick to it. Write everything down, from invitations to honeymoon plans. Then determine how much you can realistically spend on the entire wedding, and allocate a specific amount to each item. If you’re not sure how much a given item will cost, call around to a few places and inquire instead of guessing. If the parents will be footing part of the bill, be sure to make a note of the things they will pay for.
2. Forgo the wedding planner. Hiring a professional to plan your wedding makes things easier on you, but it also comes at a significant cost. Why not ask a few friends and family members to help instead? Give each one a few small tasks to complete, provide guidance as needed, and let them do the legwork. You can have the final say, but letting others help will take some of the pressure off of you.
3. Consider a second-hand dress. A wedding dress is something that most women wear only once in their lives, and it’s becoming increasingly common for women to sell their dresses instead of keeping them tucked away for sentimental reasons. It’s entirely possible to find a stylish, modern dress that is nearly new at a much lower price than you would pay in a wedding boutique. And if you like retro style, you can find beautiful vintage wedding dresses for next to nothing.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask attendants to pay for their own attire. It is customary for them to do so. Groomsmen usually rent their tuxedos, and bridesmaids can rent dresses as well. If they are on a tight budget, consider allowing them to choose their own dresses or chipping in, but don’t feel obligated to buy each attendant’s attire.
5. Make your own wedding favors, or enlist the help of a crafty friend or relative. You can buy inexpensive supplies online or from a craft shop. Making favors will take some time, but it could save you a great deal of money.
A beautiful wedding doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive one. You can cut corners without making major sacrifices. By sticking to a wedding budget you can afford, you can start your marriage off on the right foot instead of fretting about money.