10 Tips to Stay Budget Friendly When Planning a Wedding

by Diane on August 13, 2010 · 2 comments

It is easy to get so wrapped up in planning the perfect wedding that you let the cost of getting married get out of control. However, doing so is a mistake. You don’t want to start your marriage off with a mountain of debt, do you?

Of course, you should splurge a little bit on your special day but you also need to be realistic about the cost of a wedding. Setting a budget and sticking to it helps rein you in as you plan your fairytale wedding.

Tips for Establishing a Budget

There are three key things that you should do when establishing a budget for your wedding:

  • Review your financial situation. You need to know exactly where you stand in terms of income, savings and loan options to set a realistic budget.
  • Discuss the budget with your fiancée. It is important to make sure that you’re on the same page about the wedding budget. This may be the first big financial decision that you make together so taking the time to work out the details will be beneficial for your relationship.
  • Get quotes for all of the costs of the wedding. This will help you get a solid picture of what each aspect of the wedding is likely to cost, from the major details to the wedding stationary and favorites. You will be able to adjust your budget accordingly and figure out where to skimp and where to splurge but only after you get a basic cost estimate for the event.

Tips for Saving Money on your Wedding

Once you have established a budget, you will need to start figuring out the options that you have for sticking within that budget. Some tips that can help include:

  • Narrow down the guest list. The bigger the wedding, the costlier it’s going to be.
  • Go DIY with your decorations. Making the decorations yourself instead of purchasing them can reduce the cost of a wedding significantly.
  • Hire an inexpensive DJ. As long as the music selection is good, the choice of your DJ isn’t going to matter too much so why spend a lot of money hiring one?
  • Get married in the morning on a weekday. Unusual wedding days and times offer cheaper options for many couples.

Tips for Sticking with your Budget

As you work on deciding what to include in the wedding and what to leave out, you’ll find that it’s tough to stick to your budget. The following tips can help:

  • Determine your priorities. Make a list of all of the wedding expenses. Rank them in order of importance to you. Make your budget cuts in the areas that are least important to you.
  • Stay in tune with your own desires. One of the biggest reasons people go over budget for their weddings is because they are more worried about other people than about themselves. They want to make their parents happy. They want their friends to be envious. If you stay in tune with what’s really worth the cost to you then you’ll find it easier to stick within your budget.
  • Focus on what the day is all about. Getting married isn’t about a lavish wedding; it’s about the new life that you are starting with your partner. Focus on the little things that celebrate that new life and you’ll find it easier to cut back on the expensive frills.

About the Author: Diane Ferraro is the Advertising Director and writer for Robbins Brothers. Robbins Brothers provides a huge selection of promise rings.

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Matt September 30, 2010 at 5:49 am

You can really cut the costs by cutting down the guest list. This will not only save because you don’t as big a place and you don’t need as much food either so it really does help. The DJ is another good point as if he has a good play list then it won’t matter too much as anyone can press play on a song so why pay extra.

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Proform Coupons October 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Money is the cause of tension in so many relationships, so why start out on the wrong foot. These are great suggestions.

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