On a Budget Weddings

April 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

Bride and groom laughing.Remember your wedding day for the rest of your life, no matter the size of your budget; a beautiful ceremony is a joy to behold. According to Reuters, the average cost of a wedding in the US is over $27,000, not including expenses related to the honeymoon. Your wedding need not empty your bank account, with a little creativity, planning and preparation you can create the wedding of your dreams even on a small budget. Read on for ideas, tips and suggestions for a budget wedding.

Ways to Save on a Wedding Gown

The price of a bridal gown can be exorbitant, taking a big chunk out of your wedding budget. Save money on your wedding dress by attending bridal shows where you may find specials on the dress of your dreams.  Shop at a bridal store sale and grab a gorgeous dress from last year’s collection. Go to a consignment shop and peruse new and gently worn bridal gown masterpieces for a reasonable price. Look on eBay or Craigslist for your wedding dress, a great way to find a deal from a cancelled wedding, one person’s heartbreak is another’s ecstatic heartbeat. Visit a formal wear shop and rent your bridal gown at the fraction of the price of a new gown, your photographs will look great. Wear your mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dress, the cost is free yet the sentimentality is priceless.

Inexpensive Venues

Make a strategic choice for your wedding venue may result in a savings of thousands of dollars. One way to save money on a trendy wedding venue is to get married on a day other than Saturday, traditionally the most popular day. Select a non-traditional venue such as a public park, quaint bed and breakfast, small museum or art gallery. Inquire about discounts; often a discount may be applied if a couple pays in full when booking a wedding venue. Get married in your backyard or friend’s garden, low cost and a great way to bring together all of your friends and families in a warm and friendly home setting.

Economical Catering

Serving food and drink at your wedding reception is one of the largest expenses to be expected for your wedding, particularly if you plan on serving alcohol. Consider a morning wedding and offer a breakfast buffet or brunch, options less expensive than formal dinners. Select an all-inclusive reception site offering package deals for certain number of guests. Invite fewer guests to your reception; instead of 300 people invite 50 of your closest friends and family. Choose a less experienced caterer seeking a good reference and experience. Save money on alcohol by serving a signature cocktail, a unique way to add your own flair to the event. Instead of offering a full bar, serve wine and beer only.

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