So, you’re going to plan your wedding. You’re probably so excited to get started and maybe you've already been pinning ideas. But hang on! Before you get too carried away, take a moment to check out my top 5 ways to save on your wedding.
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1. Know your budget number and a wedding date. It’s not fun or sexy or enjoyable but if you’re going to throw the biggest party of your life then yes, you’ve GOT to know your number.Knowing how much you’ll ultimately be spending will allow you to make a plan on how to get to that number. Knowing your wedding date gives you the time frame which you’ll have to save that amount. For example, you’re getting married in one year and need to save $10,000. That would work out to saving $193 a week. And $193 a week is a much more manageable number than $10,000 all at once. You MUST figure this all out before you do anything else.
2. Figure out the guest list. I'm not going to lie to you - this task blows. It's one of those fun-at-first and then less-fun-as-things-go-on tasks. While you don’t need a definitive list right now, you’ve got to have a rough number to work with. Since venues and vendors generally charge by the head (i.e. per person), you’ll need a ballpark figure to shoot at them when getting quotes. To create your list, either sit down and combine everyone’s lists or pick a number and tailor your list later to fit it.
3. Figure out venue. You’ve got to do this thing somewhere and the venue is usually the number one biggest expense and also an important factor in planning everything else (like the décor, food, transportation, and on). Try to be flexible - you could see considerable savings if you’re willing to shuffle dates or go with a non-traditional setting.
4. Figure out your save. You’ve got to save on something in a budget wedding so you'd better figure out where you're comfortable saving now. Often, you will know right off which "must-haves" aren't important to you and choose to save on those items. Or, maybe you or a family member know how to create something for the wedding at a fraction of the cost. However you do it - plan your saves!
5. Figure out your splurge. Even a budget wedding can afford one or two splurges but it’s important to know what they’ll be (and how much you can spend on them) before you go any further. Will you be going for a fabulous photographer or maybe splashing out for a sweet honeymoon. Decide early what you’re willing to spend a little extra on and then start looking for deals as soon as possible to really maximize that splurge!
I’m living proof that you can have a fantastic wedding on a teeny-tiny budget and I promise, these are absolutely the top 5 ways that I saved on our $5,000 budget wedding. The most important thing of all is to know your budget and give yourself time to work it.
What are you doing to save money on your wedding?