There is no doubt that planning and paying for a wedding can put quite a dent in a couples’ (and their families) wallet and the prices of weddings only seem to be trending upwards. In 2012 the average cost of a wedding had a price tag of over $26,000 (minus the honey moon), up slightly from 2011. Some couples are fortunate to have their families help out, but others are left to handle the expenses themselves. This is why we’ve come up with a list of money- saving tips to help make your wedding the best day of your life and not the most expensive!
Set a budget and stick to it
Figure out how much money you can logistically spend on your wedding without diving deep into debt and then set your budget. This is one of the most important parts of planning your big day because it will determine what your venue will be, decorations, and even your wedding dress. It is also helpful to set your budget a little lower than you can afford so that if you go over, you’ll still be okay.
Set your priorities
Determine what you cannot do without. Whether it’s the food, the entertainment, or the venue, nail down what you will not compromise on and plan everything else around this. Remember there are so many Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects out there for things like decorations that can help save lots of money. And with that in mind...
Possibly forgo the extra details
With sites like Pinterest causing brides to lose their minds with endless wedding ideas, it is easy to go overboard. But remember, all of the little things add up too! Feel free to do as many DIY projects as you’d like, but don’t feel like you have to include absolutely everything. Trust us, if your wedding is an enjoyable event that is centered all about love, your guests won’t notice anyway.
Set up a Honeymoon fund
There are a slew of websites that exist now that allow you to forgo the traditional wedding gifts and have your guests put money towards helping you pay for your honeymoon instead! Doing this will help you put your own money towards the actual wedding rather than scrambling to figure out how to pay for a honeymoon after you just spent a fortune on the actual wedding.
Remember what your wedding day is all about
When it comes down to it, remember what your wedding day is supposed to represent - a celebration of love between you and your other half. The goal should not focus on having the most lavish or impressive wedding, but instead just have fun and enjoy your day!