Weddings can be costly but they really don’t need to be and if you want to organize a wedding which is both frugal and perfect, there are ways in which you can do it.
The average wedding in the USA costs just over $33,000, an awful lot of money for something which is going to be over in a 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, so here are some tips to help you to keep the costs down.
Trimming the Guest List
For every person who is added to the guest list the price of the wedding will rise, which is why you need to be very careful about who to invite. It can be tough when you want everyone you know to watch your special day, but the key to a frugal wedding is to keep the guests down to those who are closest to you.
Favors Over Gifts
If you know someone who plays music, a photography fanatic, a caterer or even someone who works with flowers, 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 trim costs on your big day.
There are many aspects of the wedding which you can do yourself that will greatly reduce the overall cost of the wedding. Wedding invitations, place cards, seat decorations and favors are just some of the tasks which you can undertake on your own which will help you to save a lot of cash.
Sharing the Load
Instead of paying for a pricey catering company why not use your family and friends to help you save big money on catering? This doesn’t need to be a huge burden on them either, 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, and you can guarantee great food and a big saving.
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.
Hiring wedding DJ will easily set you back $1,000 if not more but you can eliminate this cost by bring your own speakers and music. These days you can simply create a playlist on your phone, hook it up to the speakers and you can all enjoy partying the night away without the need to hire a professional.
The key to saving money on the wedding is in the small savings and the preparation, don’t feel under financial pressure for this big day because you can do it frugally and still ensure that it is every bit as special as you dreamed about.