With the national average hanging around $35,000 or so for wedding costs these days, it's no surprise so many couples are somewhat interested in allocating their wedding related expenses so their money goes furthest.
If you're looking for unique ways to get the most out of what you spend for your big day, you're in luck. Here are some tips to help put some of your wedding expenses in perspective while still having a day you'll look back on happily for years to come.
Know Your Limits
Before you begin making any major decisions, it's really important to have a set limit from the start. You may even want to have an "ideal" budget in mind, with a backup maximum amount in case there are things you decide down the road you can't live without.
Do Your Research
Once you've narrowed down a city or region for the wedding, begin doing research on venues and local wedding vendors to get an idea of what services typically cost. This will further help you refine your budget to be as realistic as possible from the start.
Focus on the Parts You Care About the Most
Are you absolutely head over heels in love with stunning bouquets and floral installations? Is the venue and setting a major factor for you? Or are you wanting the best wedding photographer to capture the wedding in a way you'll cherish forever?
These are all wonderful things to care about, so weigh your budget more heavily on these items and services.
And if the vendors or venue you're dreaming of are a little out of your budget, consider asking your top choices if they offer payment plans!
Shorten the Guest List
This is easier said than done. Many couples feel obligated to invite the entire family, including extended family members they rarely see.
But if you're serious about wanting to get the most out of your wedding budget, narrowing down to the most important people in your life on the guest list is a great way to do just that.
Think about it this way: for every guest, you'll need to pay for their Save-the-Date, invitation, a chair, table settings and linens, a meal and beverages, etc.. When multiplied by 10, 20 or an extra 50+ guests, you're looking at several thousands of dollars in cost.
The big question is how. As you begin to compile the list of guests before you send save the dates out, ask yourself these questions:
Have you seen them or spoken with them within the last 3-5 years?
Will you miss them terribly if they weren't there?
Are you inviting them because you want them present, or out of obligation?
Trimming your guest list will not only keep your budget smaller, but you'll also have a better, more meaningful time with those you enjoy being with the most.
For some more tips of conquering the task of your guest list, be sure to check out BRIDES article on Taming Your Guest List!
Cut Back on Areas Which Are Less Important to You
This is, after all, your wedding. You should be able to cut back in ways that aren't high priorities for you and your life partner!
A few examples:
If you don't need an open bar, consider doing a cash bar, or only offering beer and wine.
Not overly worried about having a plated dinner? Try a buffet style.
Why not cut out any need for transportation? If you’re having your whole wedding day at a single venue, you’ll have no need for a limo or party bus. With average wedding transportation cost being $750 (can be much higher!), this will help you allocate funds to other things you’d love to be apart of your wedding.
Hire a Wedding Planner
Now, this one may seem counter-intuitive. But in all honesty, some of the best wedding planners can help you stick with your budget better than you might think.
Since they often have expertise in designing and coordinating a wide range of styles, they'll have more inside knowledge on where you can find better deals and get the most out of a limited budget.
To read more on the topic, be sure to check out our post Reasons To Hire a Wedding Planner!
Do Away With Some of the Traditions
Not a fan of traditional bridal veils? Aren't worried about having a guest book? Hate the idea of spending money on party favors that no one will keep?
There are several smaller items involved in weddings that have started to seem outdated. Many of the latest trends in the industry involve doing away with traditional wedding decor and "extra" expenses and focusing more on the experience of the day.
Go With a Minimalist Design
Cutting back doesn't have to mean "boring". Minimal wedding designs are becoming more popular these days, and it's not just about spending less.
A modern, yet simple wedding can be just as elegant as any glamorous and expensive celebration. If you aren't sure how a wedding like this would look or you need some inspiration to get you started, here are some beautiful examples of minimalist wedding designs.
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