A number of tips and advises are already available in the internet discussing the ways on how to save money on a wedding. Maybe you are planning to tie a knot at a 100-person garden wedding, or maybe you are hosting only a 50 guests. Managing the cost of a wedding is really stressful that is why many future wedding couples are looking out for different ways on how to save money on a wedding.
A lot of information that you get from wedding magazines or internet are really helpful and perhaps you are looking for more real-talk wedding advice that you can use. Below are some of the practical advises on how to save money on a wedding.
- Be truthful, it is okay to be frank and practical. Explain your budget, who you are and why you are way more different than other couples to vendors. You will be surprised that they will be accommodating. I know that everything is not for free, obviously, but prices are generally open to discussion.
2. Consider hand me downs. Managing the cost of a wedding is really hard especially for those couple who wants their wedding to be super special. Why not consider using hand me downs. A much-loved family heirloom can have more significance than a new ring and best of all is free. You can ask family members if they can dip into their jewelry boxes for hand-me-downs.
3. Prioritize everything. The best way to plan the cost of a wedding is to take note of all the things you need to spend cash on in a different piece of paper – from dresses to cakes, cars to registry office fees. Always keep in mind that you don’t need to stick to convention or have everything you are told you need. Once you know your budget, the plan is to work out how much you can actually afford to spend on different areas and prioritize what’s important to both of you.
Being aware of how you can trade one item for another helps you see how far your budgeted cash will go. If it doesn’t go as far as you want, you need to change your list but never change your budget. The result may be that you can’t afford the wedding you wanted. But at least you won’t spend what you can’t afford. Remember that the wedding is one day at the start of a life-long commitment. Look beyond the wedding day to the goals you will have as newlyweds. If you want to purchase a house in the next few years, keeping that as a priority throughout the wedding planning process will help you to be careful about how much you spend on that one day.
Wedding preparations is always associated with spending a lot of money, but it doesn’t have to be. Although many of us dreamed of our wedding when we were young, I’m laying a bet that, as kids, we weren’t able to process how much the big day costs. It’s only after we’ve become adults and deal with grown-up stuff where we realize that the true cost of a wedding really hits home. Going into debt because of a wedding isn’t exactly the most romantic way to start a marriage. Grab all the information out there that is available on how to save money on a wedding without sacrificing your financial status and the future you dream of building for your family.
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