9 Blissful Ways to Save Money On Your Wedding Day
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Did you know? The average cost of weddings worldwide is about $25,000. Depending on the culture and region, most couples aim to budget for $10,000. But don't get cold feet just yet. We're helping you maximise and save money throughout your journey to becoming Mrs Newlywed.
Waterfalls or Mountains?
If you are a traditional person, you are aiming to get married in your place of worship. Booking the church for your ceremony can cost from $500 up to $3,000, depending on your religion, location and the size of your church. If you don't need to go the traditional route, you can find a ceremony site for less than $150. Think about nature. Some of the most beautiful places require permits that cost $25 to $125 or possibly free for a small party of 11 to 100 people. All you have to do is look for local protected lands and parks and see which one fits your personal needs.
Avoid Having a Crowd
Another way to save money on both your ceremony and reception is to limit the number of people at each event. The ceremony can be open to only close friends and relatives. You can shave it down to 10 guests or up to 50 guests. The more people you invite to the ceremony, the more likely you are to accrue extra charges at the venue of your choice. If you choose a smaller ceremony, you can always open the reception to more people. Keeping the number at 50 seems to work out just right. Let's be honest; do you really know more than 50 people who absolutely must be at your wedding? If you do, go you! And good luck.
Know Your Strengths...
...and know your weaknesses. If you have good planning skills, creative, crafty, or good with graphic design; you don't need to hire a wedding planner (up to $10,000), a florist (up to $2,500), a decorator or a stationer. The fewer people you have to hire, the more you will save. If you choose a DIY approach, you will have more control. However, if you want to spend less time and money planning your wedding, spending extra money is going to go a long way to making sure your day is as perfect as you deserve.
You don't have to do this alone. In fact, your friends, family and especially the bridal party are probably looking for ways to be useful and are super excited for what's to come. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Know someone who likes to dabble in DJ'ing or someone who can bake a tasty cake? Ask if they'd be willing to help. Just be ready and prepared when they ask for your help on their wedding day!
This day is only going to happen once. It's going to go by so quickly, and you can't keep track of everyone; it will be nice to have tons of photos to look back on all the joyful moments. However, you could spend up to $3,000 for this service. There are ways around this. If you cannot sacrifice a professional photographer, go with the cheaper package. They start at around $1,000. Otherwise, you can always check with photography students from local art schools and colleges. You'll help them out by allowing them to practice their craft and grow their portfolio, and you will save a pretty penny. For a free alternative, create a wedding hashtag on Instagram and have everyone at your ceremony and reception upload the pictures they take using your hashtag. Then, you will have them all in one place.
You've Got Mail
Depending on the size of your guest list, stationery can cost thousands of dollars - and then there's postage, too. You'll need save the dates, invitation packages, menus, ceremony programs, table markers, place cards and thank you cards at the very least. It's a lot to take on. Make your save the dates, invitation materials and thank you cards digital. It's becoming more common to send digital email invitations because it's not only more cost-efficient, but it's also much more convenient. You can also design and print your stationery at home.
Say Yes to the Dress
But say "no" if it's more than $500. You want your day to be perfect, but this day is all about your future. Don't go into debt for an outfit you're only going to wear once. You can find beautiful discounted dresses at popular wedding shops and consignment shops. Don't be afraid to make a basic dress your own. You can add jewels and additional material to a simple wedding dress found at a low price. Remember, dresses found at consignment shops were most likely only worn once.
Once you become a future bride, your inbox will be packed with offers from different vendors. It seems like a lot of noise. Instead of poring through your emails wondering which ones are scams, find events near you that feature local shops that specialise in weddings or party rentals. Make sure to be open and outgoing as you network with vendors. Often, they will present you with special deals, promotions and coupons.
Be Aware of Hidden Costs
When budgeting for your wedding, leave wiggle room. You're going to need postage to send your stationery. You may need your dress altered. There are also extra fees for vendors like overtime, equipment fees, clean up fees and taxes. Always read contracts before signing and securing a vendor. It will save you money, time and headaches.
You don't need to use all these tips, but it is important to remain vigilant when it comes to your finances. It's okay to splurge a little. It's a very special day. But you don't have to break your bank to make your wedding a day to remember.