Planning Your Wedding on a Budget

August 20, 2012


Weddings can be overwhelmingly expensive which can cause a lot of unnecessary stress on a new couple. Don’t begin your lives together with a financial burden. Worrying about finances can sap the joy of getting married and put a damper on your special day. By setting priorities and agreeing on what’s important to both of you, you can plan a wedding that perfect for both you and your budget.

Decide How to Divide Your Wedding Budget

There are several parts of a wedding that can really add up financially. Decide together what you can cut, where you can save and where you want to spend the most money. Do you want most of your budget to go toward your dress? Do you want to purchase less expensive flowers for the reception and budget more for your bouquet? Do you need party favors or can you do without them (or make your own) to save cash? These are all things you can consider while planning your wedding budget.

Wedding favors, gifts for guests and live music are nice if your budget can handle it. If you’re paying for your own wedding or you are on a tight budget, none of these things are essential. The thing to remember is this is your wedding. It is important for your guests to be comfortable and enjoy themselves but their focus will be on you.  Spend your money making the day special for yourselves; your guests will be just fine.


Simplicity and Thrift Can Be Elegant, too

Just because something is simple and budget-friendly doesn’t mean it can’t be classy or sophisticated. Classic white is very elegant and can be elevated with just a touch of color for a high-class look at a low cost. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on table settings, centerpieces and extravagant decor.

If fancy floral arrangements aren’t that important to you, consider buying your flowers from a farmer’s market and having a talented friend create the arrangements.

If you cringe at the idea of spending thousands of dollars on a dress you’ll only wear once, why not buy a dress from a consignment shop or even rent an expensive gown?

Consider wholesale wedding suppliers or look for things that aren’t made for weddings (and don’t have the wedding mark-up) for items that fit your décor and budget. Think simple solutions. Vases for the reception tables don’t need to say “wedding vase” they just need to be able to hold flowers. Look for beautiful, simple designs online or at discount home design stores. This can allow you to use your creativity in the small details save you a great deal of money.


Save Big with Small Changes

Save money for the main things in your wedding like attire, cake, and décor by cutting costs on the little details like invitations, thank you letters and wedding favors.

If you want an outdoor wedding have it in a friend or relative’s beautiful back yard or garden. Almost any location can be an elegant and inviting space with a little imagination and creativity.

You don’t have to sacrifice invitations or “Thank You” notes, but you can use thinner card stock or simpler designs or create your own and print them through a printing center.  Instead of spending money on both place cards and wedding favors, have your guests’ names printed on inexpensive favors and use them as place cards, too.

These are just a few ways to save money on details that won’t be missed by either you or your guests. This day should be the happiest day of your life. Don’t let overspending or worries about money spoil your joy!



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