Your wedding day can easily be considered as one of the biggest moments in your life; it’s the day in which you and your partner take the first steps forward together into the future, and typically it’s an occasion filled with friends, family, and fanfare. Unfortunately, it can also be extremely easy to become overwhelmed during the planning stages of such a big milestone event, especially if you are on a strict budget. Let’s face it- rings, gowns, tuxes, venues, food, and flowers all cost money, and when it comes to weddings, they usually cost A LOT of money. While you should absolutely do whatever will make you the happiest on your big day, there are also some things that you can consider in advance that may help you save some significant funds. Remember, marriage is usually the gateway to even larger upcoming expenses such as a house, children, and college funds, so it’s very important not to blow up your bank accounts on one day- even if it is the big one. Here are two helpful tips that can help you save significant money, while maintaining the wedding of your dreams.
- Keep Your Guest List Reasonable!– This can easily be the biggest headache not only between you and your fiancé during the planning stage, but you and your own family as well! Whether it’s mom wanting her second cousins, dad expecting an invite for his co-workers, or you trying to find room for you college friends, deciding who to invite to your wedding can be a steep hill to climb. Did you know, however, that wedding experts claim that you should only invite the number of guests that you could have at least one minute to speak with individually? Meaning, it would take a full 5 hours to simply have a one minute conversation with each of your guests if you decide to invite 300 people to the event; that’s without eating, dancing, or stopping to cut the cake! Next, factor in the money it costs to actually invite and have someone attend- food, drink, invitations, stamps, envelopes, favors, etc. to get a realistic “per person cost” for your wedding. It’s clear to see that you can save serious money if you can lower the amount of people you and your fiancé decide to invite. In the perfect world, every guest pays for his or her plate through their gift, but we all know that it’s never that easy. Inviting only the guests that truly matter will help you start of this whole process on the right foot.
- Off-Peak can be Perfect for You– Before you even break out a calendar and begin searching for a date for your big day, remember one thing- Saturday is EASILY the most expensive day to get married. Therefore, if you are looking to knock off a large chunk of your expenses from the start, look into getting hitched on either a Friday or better yet, a Sunday. Friday can still offer your guests the luxury of not having to head to the office the morning after your wedding, and a 7 or 8pm start time for the reception can give everyone plenty of time to make it to the event from work. If some people can’t make your ceremony on time, so be it, that part is more for your closest friends and family anyway. Having your wedding on a Sunday, unfortunately, means most people will have to work the next day, but you can counteract that inconvenience by having a lovely early morning or afternoon wedding rather than an all night ordeal. Venues will be begging you to take the date off their hands since they are typically harder to book on their end, and will be throwing special offers your way if you decide to go for it. You’ll get WAY MORE than what you pay for on a Sunday, and hey- it never hurts being different!