Wedding Tip Wednesday: Budgeting Tips

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but having a budget can help ease the stress. As a couple, the first thing that should be done is deciding on a budget. Having a ballpark budget in mind will help with the decision making process when deciding on locations, photographers, DJ’s, lighting, etc. The couple should also, consider what is most important to them. For some photography is most important, whereas some couples may be more concerned with music, this is helpful because then you know what area you may want to splurge on and what areas you are willing to cut back on to keep everything within budget. 

The Knot is a wonderful resource and has a budgeting tool. Another great resource is Project Wedding they, also, have a budgeting tool. It’s definitely a great idea to keep track of all your spending and these resources are a great way to do so.
Shop around! Meet with a few of each type of vendor to make sure you are getting the most for your money. Try not to impulse buy either; get all the information and then sit down and talk it over, double checking that you’re 100% sure on everything you’re paying for. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of the event; after all it is your wedding, but take a step back and think about it before just jumping into any contract.

Some other budgeting tips can include:
  • Do-It-Yourself – Anything DIY can save you money, just take into consideration your time constraints.
  • Cut back on floral centerpieces. Instead of having florals on all your guest tables, you can use candles of varying heights or something to that effect
  • Instead of using real flowers, you could use fake flowers for your bouquets and/or centerpieces
  • Getting married on a Friday or Sunday – most venues offer a discounted rate
  • Getting married on “off season” (between January through March) – a lot of vendors as well as venues offer discounts during those months
  • Buffet style reception can help cut costs
  • Venues that allow you to bring in your own alcohol can often help with your budget
  • Renting your bridal gown/or buying a used one can reduce costs – Sources like Craigslist and WeddingBee classifieds often have brides selling bridal gowns in almost new condition
  • Having fake layers on your wedding cake. You can have extra sheet cakes in the back that can be cut, saving money that way
Just remember it’s okay to spend a little more on things that are important to you, you don’t want to look back on your wedding day with any regrets; just shop around and make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. There are always areas that aren’t as important to a couple, so you can always cut back in those places in order to make up the difference.


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