How to Plan a Wedding within a Budget

By GeraldOchoa

How to Plan a Wedding within a Budget

An average American wedding today is $26,645. Although a wedding is an important event, it’s still a large expense. There are many smart ways that brides, grooms, and their families can save money on wedding expenses. Here are some tips and ideas for budget-friendly weddings. While your wedding may not be memorable, you can keep your costs under control.

While it might sound obvious, start your wedding planning by establishing a dollar amount. What will the financial contributions of the groom, bride, and their families be? Make a list with all the anticipated expenses. By doing this, you will be able identify what is most important and where you might be able cut costs to save money. These budget wedding ideas will help you start to think of ways to save money.

Day of the Week

Many venues charge an extra fee for Saturday night events. If you can save money on your reception, which is often the most expensive item in your budget, consider holding it at a different time and day.

Reception Centerpieces

It is simple to save money by reusing bridesmaids bouquets as centerpieces. You should ensure that the bouquets are in harmony with the decor. You can make a DIY arrangement with candles at different heights. Add some flowers and rose petals to accent the arrangements.

DIY Bridal Party Favors & DIY Bridal Party Supplies

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on thanking your guests and your bridal party for supporting you. Pinterest is full of DIY ideas and bridal party gifts. Online favors can be purchased in bulk and saved a lot for guests.

Extra Talents

Friends and family may have special talents that they would be happy to share. You might have a family member who is a professional musician, amateur photographer or part-time caterer. Perhaps you have friends with artistic skills who can design your invitations or bouquets. This service can be found on Etsy. Making your wedding more personal and affordable by inviting your friends and family to lend their expertise can help to reduce the cost of your wedding.

Wedding attire

There are many ways to save money on your wedding gown. Even hiring a tailor to help you update your mother’s gown or make one for yourself, is an option. You never know what you might save on your wedding gown. This is probably the biggest expense in your wedding, right after your reception.

Dessert: Cake

If you have the option to serve your guests a slice of your wedding cakes, why spend extra on desserts? Perhaps a relative or friend is a talented baker, and they’d be willing bake your wedding cake for you as an offering. If this is the case, and you are satisfied with the final product, you will have a wonderful memory to share about your special day. Alternativly, you can choose to offer a different dessert or have your cake individually packaged for your guests.

The Entertainment

Many brides and their grooms prefer to hire a DJ to play at the reception. This allows them to control the music, save money and also ensures that everyone has a good time. Others choose to hire a band and place this as a top priority in their budget. A DJ may be less expensive than a full-band, but budget for additional musicians to perform at your ceremony and cocktail hour.

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