At the time of your engagement, money was the last thing on your minds. This is the most exciting day of your lives, and you and your fiancé are primarily thinking about how best to celebrate your love.
Finance was never something you considered while dreaming about the perfect wedding day as a child.
However, the cold hard facts are that the average US wedding now costs in excess of $25,000! Whether you like it or not, money will play a huge factor on your big day.
Most couples will need to find ways of keeping costs down. This is especially true if you’re saving for other life commitments like mortgages. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your happiness on the big day. After all, this is one that you’ve both been thinking about for a long time.
There are many ways to lower the costs of the big day. Wedding venues that provide packages are a great way to do this. Not only will it save you money, but it also saves you the trouble of searching for items to suit the décor. The experts will still allow you to tailor the day to your preferences. But knowing that the main work has been taken care of will take a huge weight off of your shoulders.
In addition to physical savings, you’ve got to take those hours into account. You’ll be trying to save as much money as possible during the months leading up to the wedding. Having more free time might allow you to take on overtime at work. More importantly, though, you can take confidence from knowing that your event planning is in safe hands.
Another area where you can save money is the dress. The outfit is one of the most important you’ll ever own, and it should be made to feel like a princess. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t employ smart shopping habits to save money.
Staying with the idea of outfits, you could also ask your bridesmaids to buy their dresses rather than buy you a wedding present. What’s the point of having six cutlery sets anyway?
Leaving the big items to professionals can be advantageous, but you should take care of small preparations yourself. A simple task like designing and printing your own invites could save you a small fortune. Meanwhile, you may want to ask a family member to make the cake. You’d be amazed at how quickly these savings can add up.
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All weddings should have a photographer. However, you don’t need them to attend the whole day. While you will want professional snaps of the main event, the evening is all about fun. Buy a handful of disposable cameras and let your guests take the stage. This should provide you with a far more natural reflection of the night too.
Money shouldn’t be the most important aspect of your wedding. You only get one shot at it, so the most important thing is that it becomes the day you always dreamed about. Nevertheless, making these savings shouldn’t impact the enjoyment of your day one bit.
If nothing else, it’s extra money for the honeymoon!