Dec 18 2012

5 Tips for a Wedding on a Budget

Planning a wedding doesn’t have to break your bank.  You can budget a wedding and still have a special day full of celebration and love. And the added bonus – you can start your marriage off on the right foot instead of drowning in more debt!

Follow these easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to lowering your wedding budget:

Craft your decoration
Look for beautiful DIY ideas on the internet and save money on expensive ready-made centerpieces, table and chair decorations and any other décor you had your set your mind to.  Even the simplest décor can look very classy. Just make sure you have enough time to complete the crafting without any last-minute stress.

Buy second-hand
Wedding gowns are pricey and only used once. There’s no need to spend so much money on a dress when you can easily find one just as beautiful (and looking like new) for less than half the price. No one will be the wiser, and you will still feel like a beautiful bride.

Pay up front
Service and goods providers may be willing to negotiate a discount on the cost if you pay cash up front. Be prepared to negotiate and have the money on you to show your commitment.  If you need a quick loan, you can apply for short term loans from Wonga. Just make sure you are able to pay back on time so the discount is worth it.

Skimp on the Accessories
Consider budget-friendly options. The overly complicated, beautiful, three-tiered wedding cake is also very expensive.  A nice, simple cake will do the job and probably taste even better!  Save the Date cards could be best sent by email and you could use cheaper flowers. But be careful what you skimp on – if you have a lousy photographer, you will regret that decision every time you look at your wedding pictures.

Be Smart about True Necessities
You don’t really need a pack of doves to fly as you say “I do” or a horse-drawn carriage to strike an entrance.  Evaluate which costs are absolutely necessary to make your day feel wonderful, and which are really not. And most importantly, remember:  your wedding will be special regardless of the budget! After all, you’re marrying the love of your life and sharing your love with your family and closest friends.

What other wedding budget ideas do you have?

1 comment

  1. Ronit

    Start a wedding blog and get free wedding items for review. :) I’ve seen it happen. Brides have gotten jewelry, discounts on dresses, save the date cards, etc etc. It’s all about being proactive and reaching out to companies.

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