It’s every girl’s dream to have the perfect wedding. However, funds often seem to put a damper on things. When it comes to weddings, it seems that even the cheapest item is marked up in order to get plenty of profit. It’s truly not necessary to spend your life’s savings in order to have the perfect wedding. You would be amazed at the things that can be cut or adjusted in order to save you money without skimping on your dream. Here are just a few ways to have a dream wedding on a budget.
- Skip Save the Date Cards – I still am not sure why people send these out. I guarantee you sending out an invitation around 1.5-2 months before the wedding is plenty of notice for people. Even if it involves travel, that period of time allows them to request off from work, etc. Save the date cards are not necessary for a dream wedding and for people to attend.
- Skip Engagement Photos – People like being real these days. It’s ok to not have some elaborate or posed engagement photo in order to have cute invitations. I had a friend who had her sister take a picture of her and her husband being goofy as everyone knew them and they used that. Everyone still talks about how cute it was years later and they didn’t spend a dime to get it done. In a world of selfies galore, you will have tons of photos already pre-wedding, so just focus your sites on your wedding photos since that truly is a one-time occurrence.
- Make Your Stuff – Instead of buying already made centerpieces, etc. make your own. Sometimes, making your own things doesn’t turn out cheaper, however, for a wedding, you needs things in bulk which does make it cheaper to do it yourself.
- Cutback on the Food – Many people enjoy having a full meal at their reception. It’s definitely ok to have food but having things such as nuts and appetizers works just as well. Don’t think your wedding will be a bummer without a three-course meal afterwards. I promise you, unless they’re stuck up, they won’t care one way or the other. They’re there for you and to support you so as long as you are happy.
- Have a Wedding Fund – One of the best ideas I’ve ever had was discovered by my friend back in the day. They didn’t need much in the way of presents so when they sent out their invitations they included a little note that requested people give to their wedding fund instead. They also included a URL to a website that helped them collect the funds. They were able to completely cover the honeymoon with the fund which made the overall wedding cost, much easier to swallow.
- Forget About Name Brands – I know that some women have a specific name brand in mind for their dress and accessories. However, you would be amazed at other brands and their much lower prices, who have a look-alike dress to name brands. I promise people aren’t going to be searching for the brand of your dress, all they’re going to see is how beautiful it is and how gorgeous you look in it. I have a friend who found the dress she wanted and then got online and ordered one just like it from a lesser known brand and saved a thousand dollars.
- Set Priorities – Sit down and be honest with yourself on what aspects of the wedding mean the most to you. Does the brand of the dress really matter to you? If so, put that on your list of things you’re not going to compromise on. However, be truly honest and not stubborn with yourself and make a list of the things that would feel like your wedding was lessened if you didn’t have them. The things that don’t matter, either nix or cut corners on.
- Give Yourself Plenty of Time – Sometimes, if you have a dream wedding in mind but only have so much money, give yourself plenty of time before the wedding so that you can continue to save until you have enough to have the wedding of your dreams. Planning ahead also is nice. Putting a bit of money aside here and there even before you get married or planned on it, makes for a stress-free time leading up to a wedding because you already know what you want and you’ve already got the money set aside for it.