Your big day is coming up and you’re excited, nervous, and stressed all at the same time. That’s how it goes for most couples who are planning a wedding. It’s exciting because it’s a big turning point in your life, it’s nerve-wracking for the same reason, and it’s stressful because of the planning. The planning involves a lot of time and money. If you’re short on cash, that could make things even more difficult. Learn how to plan a wedding on a budget and you can help save yourself some money and stress.
When you learn how to budget for a wedding, you’ll see a lot of commonalities. Budgeting will require setting a spending limit and dividing up that amount among all your expenses. In order to stay within those limits, use the following techniques. They will help you save money individually, adding up to a lot.
Use your Contacts
Do you know anyone (friends, family, friends-of-friends, friends-of-family, neighbors, etc.) that is somehow involved with weddings? For example, any of the following professions or hobbyists:
- Hair dresser
- Venue Owners
- Classic or sports car owners (for the bride and groom)
- Crafty or artistically skilled
If you have any sort of connection with these people, you could potentially get wedding needs filled for free or at a discount. For example, if your maid of honor is a hair dresser, she could do your hair and makeup for free. It could be her wedding gift to you. Is your neighbor a wedding photographer? If you didn’t invite them to the wedding (they might not be close enough), they probably won’t do it for free, but they might give you a good discount.
Use social connections to save money, but don’t take advantage of them. For example, don’t expect your friend’s mother to do all your flowers for free just because you know her. It still costs money to acquire the flowers, even if she doesn’t charge you for labor. Find a balance. Discounts are still very helpful.
Cut Out what you Don’t Need
Do you really need a violin quartet playing at your ceremony for hundreds of dollars? Do you really need a limo to drive you to the reception? Do you really need a live band? Is an open bar really necessary for the entire reception? Prioritize your needs. If you don’t care so much about the flowers, go with silk and spend more on the dress you want. If you really want to save a lot, consider cutting back on your guest list. Having a more intimate wedding might disappoint a few distant relatives or friends at first, but if they understand why you’re doing it, they should understand.
Do it Yourself
Don’t underestimate the savings power of do-it-yourself projects. Arrange your own flowers with silk flowers. These days, silk flowers look absolutely real and you can save a lot of money buying silk and arranging them yourself ahead of time. Make your own centerpieces, invitations, bulletins, decorations, favors, cake, etc. Whatever you can do yourself, do it. You’ll save money and enjoy the process. Just make sure you plan far ahead of time and do things as soon as possible to make sure they are all done in time for the wedding.