As you make plans for your wedding day, you will no doubt be considering a wedding budget to work with. Now, the average wedding costs roughly $20,000 to $25,000 or more. Perhaps you are concerned about how you will find the money to pay for your wedding, reception and honeymoon.
Who will help you pay? Will you have to be in debt for the rest of your life to have what you want and need? These are all legit concerns that many couples have.
However, just because you want a dream wedding, it doesn’t mean you need to fork out an exorbitant amount of money. That’s what CrownePlazaLittleRock.com is all about. We want to help you find tips achieving your ideal wedding day always wanted without breaking the bank.
First of all, start with a wedding budget and remember that all couples are different. It may be possible that some couples can handle most of the expenses on their own while some others may have their parents help share the expenses. I personally know of many families with relatives who want to contribute so that they can alleviate the pressures of a couple trying to start a new life.
This is where communication is extremely important. For instance, you may be under the impression that the bride’s parents pay for the bride’s gown, veil, the photography, the location, and so on. As for the groom and his family, some may feel they are to handle the costs for the groom’s outfit, the marriage license, the honeymoon, flowers for the bride, and many more expenses. As a couple, it’s good to work things out properly before proceeding further.
Tips on Saving Money
Finding ways to save money for your special day will be like finding little gems. Granted, you may receive gifts of money as wedding presents that can help towards paying final expenses. But don’t disregard the fact that you can also cut costs when planning your wedding.
Here are some great ideas that have proven to be helpful to other brides.
- You can consider looking for flowers that are in season and local.
- DJ’s tend to be less expensive than live bands.
- Watch for sales; make your own invitations by looking for invitation kits on sale.
- Look for your gown at a bridal shop, but choose a non-bridal gown. Check the sales racks as you enter the bridal shops. Many times you can find a simple white or ivory gown that may be traditionally considered a bridesmaid dress, but can be used for the bride.
- Schedule your special day at an out-of-the ordinary time, including the month, day and time of day. Unique times may mean less rental costs. The most popular months for weddings are May through October. You may want to compromise by choosing a month like January, February, or March.
- Depending on the time of day, a brunch, luncheon or hors d’oeuvres reception can be less money than a traditional style meal.
- In addition, if you feel like traveling in style, consider an alternative to a limousine. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who can drive you and your party to your location. Opting for a vintage type car like a Bentley, Cadillac, or Rolls Royce will allow you to arrive in style while costing you less.
Hopefully, these tips will help you jump start your wedding planning and give you insights on the stuff to look out for when you select your bridal vendors.