A Few Tips for Planning an Affordable Day
If you’re starting to plan ahead for your own future nuptials, you know the price can be steep. In fact, the average overall cost of a wedding in North America is around $35,000. However, it is possible to have a memorable day while sticking to a realistic budget.
Avoid the crowds
June is the most popular time to schedule a ceremony, which also means it is the most expensive. Caterers, reception halls and other vendors are much more likely to offer better pricing — or be willing to negotiate on costs — if you set the date during the slower months of the year, such as January, March or November. You can also lower your costs by avoiding a wedding on a Saturday night, the busiest time for receptions, and picking an afternoon affair or a Friday night instead.
Set smart priorities
If your budget is limited, then it’s wise to devote your dollars to the most practical items; those that will be meaningful to you and your spouse and last the longest. It may be best, in other words, to pay a little extra for a high-quality, reputable photographer, since the value of pictures or videos will last a lifetime. On the other hand, while flowers add a touch of beauty to the festivities, avoid setting your heart on out-of-season or ultra-expensive varieties. If flowers are too expensive altogether, simple candles or tea lights can brighten up your surroundings at a much lower cost.
Think outside the (dress) box
A wedding dress sold in a bridal shop will likely cost significantly more than a beautiful gown bought at a department store or prom shop, so keep an open mind when you go shopping. Find out if the mother of the bride or groom or another loved one has a gown she would be willing to lend for the occasion. That will not only cut your costs, but also add some meaning to the moment. Finally, in lieu of renting or buying a tuxedo, consider opting for a great new suit for the groom that he can wear again.
Simple party invitations with a postcard for responses will probably run much less than an elaborate traditional wedding invitation with multiple layers and inserts. To add a personal touch, consider designing and printing your own invitations.
Have fun with your choices
Catering is usually a big ticket item, so this is a great place to search for cutbacks. Consider choices that will make your party unique and most enjoyable for you and your guests. Don’t feel compelled to have a wedding cake, either, since they can be very costly. Some couples opt for a dessert table or other fun and affordable alternatives. W