Weddings can be pricy but this doesn’t have to be the case and if you want to plan a wedding day which is both frugal and perfect, there are a great many ways in which you can achieve it.
In the USA and average wedding will cost just over $33,000, a fair chunk of change for something which will be over and done with in a single day. Now if you have the money then you can spend as much as you like on your perfect day but if you do not then you can still have yourself the day that you always dreamed of, without breaking the bank. The last thing you need when entering a marriage is debt incurred from your special day, and so to avoid that, here are some hints which will help you to keep the costs down.
Favors Over Gifts
If you have a friend or family member who plays music, perhaps someone who is a photography fanatic, maybe a caterer or even someone who works with flowers, why not ask to see if they will offer you their services instead of a wedding gift. Asking family and friends for their talent rather than their gift-buying skills is a great way to lower the costs for your wedding day, and it means that someone won’t have to go shopping for a gift.
Trimming the Guest List
For every extra name added to the guest list the overall cost of the wedding will increase, this is why you should be very careful about who you decide to invite. It can be tough when you want everyone that you know to attend your wedding, but if you want a frugal wedding then it is important to keep the guest list small, and focussed on those who are closest to you.
Sharing the Load
Instead of paying for an expensive caterer, why not use your family and friends to help, which will save you a pretty penny? This ask won’t have to be a huge burden for them, you can ask each person to simply prepare one dish ahead of the big day. Sharing the load like this means that people can help without feeling stressed about preparing the entire dinner service, it will also ensure that you save some cash, and that the quality of the food is up to scratch.
There’s loads of wedding tasks which you can do yourself that will greatly reduce the overall price of your special day. Invitations, place cards, seat decorations and favors are just some of the items which you can undertake on your own which will help you to bring down the cost little by little.
One of the biggest costs for the wedding is the venue and so you may wish to look further afield to save money. If you, your family or friends have a big home then you can ask if you can use it for the big day, alternatively you can look to use private grounds and hire a marquee, this will save you big money versus renting a public or hotel venue.
If you decide to hire a wedding DJ then this will easily set you back a thousand dollars, if not more. You can eliminate this cost by bring your own speakers and music, a simple solution which can bring the price further down. Simply create a playlist on your phone, hook it up to the speakers and you can all enjoy the party without the need to hire a professional, and without those random mutterings into the microphone.
The key to saving big time on your wedding day is to look for small savings and being prepared, don’t feel under financial pressure for this big day because it is well within your grasp to do it frugally and still make sure that it is every bit as special as you have always dreamed.