Gone are the days when couples rely on their parents to spend for their wedding. While that is still a practice for some, many more would rather use their own hard-earned money for their own wedding.
Getting married is a beautiful thing. Planning is very exciting too. Especially when you’re shopping for your gown, tasting food for the wedding reception, choosing suppliers for flowers, sound system and more can get really fun and exciting. However, if you don’t have a lot of money to work with, it can be quite challenging and in many cases even frustrating.
If you and your future spouse have enough combined savings, getting ready for your wedding doesn’t mean you should spend all that you have saved. Remember that your marriage will begin only after the wedding so there’s much more that your need to spend on after the actual wedding. Home mortgages, maintenance and repairs, bills, groceries and a whole lot more are only a few things that you need to prepare for. Because of this, it is best to stay within budget as early as during the wedding planning stage. How exactly do you do that? Read on and find out.
1. Be practical with your choices.
This is such a vague advice but let’s break it down a little bit. First of all, do you really need to invite all 200 or 300 of your friends and family? If you’re on a budget, why not pick the 50 or even 100 most important people on your lives who deserve to witness your union? Should you really get a customized gown made or is it okay to wear a ready-made one? Can a friend help out with a curling iron and do your hair at home instead of going to the salon. These choices, big or small, can have a significant effect on wedding expenses.
2. Do not get married on a weekend.
Don’t be too worried about some of your friends not being able to attend your weekday wedding. If you are that important to them, they won’t mind skipping a day of work. Not only will you be able to easily cross out some guests from your list, weekday weddings can get you cheaper venues, caterers and other suppliers.
3. DIY everything that you can.
From table centerpieces to your veil to your guest giveaways and more, you can easily work on these on your own and instantly save a lot of money. Relieve yourself from the stress by asking help from your loved ones and Internet and look for some review reports on hand mixers. They are really affordable, and help you whip up cupcakes and other dessert favors that can be served on your wedding too.
4. Be realistic with your choices.
Closely related to being practical as well, remind yourself that you should be realistic. Not everyone gets their Cinderella dream wedding but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your own dream wedding. The point of getting married is being united with the love of your life so you can start your own journey as a couple together. So stay realistic, spend within your means and just make most out of what you can afford.