The amount of money you spend on your wedding is totally up to you. Forget the fanfare: your wedding is a celebration of your commitment and love as witnessed by your family and friends.
We’ve seen so many amazing weddings that have been done on a shoestring budget. The trick is to start creating your wedding budget early. Sit down as a couple, pick the things that neither of you want to compromise on and then decide on things that you are willing to overlook in order to save money. By doing this, you’ll be surprised by how manageable things will become.
Here are things that can help you to stick to your initial wedding budget.
1. Book wedding vendors early
Doing things last minute is not just stressful but it can also strain your budget. Some wedding vendors will even offer a discount if you confirm bookings months prior to your wedding date.
Most wedding vendors will offer customized solutions to their clients so never fail to negotiate for a better deal. If you are holding your wedding on a weekday, expect to see some great deals coming your way so take advantage of that.
3. Guest list
Be very brutal when it comes to your wedding guest list. You can’t possibly invite everyone to your wedding it’s going to be pretty expensive so don’t feel shy to leave out people who don’t mean a lot to you. Trimming down your guest list by just 20 people can save you thousands. Remember the highest chunk of your wedding budget usually goes to the venue and catering services. Check out the list of people who don’t need to be invited to your wedding.
4. Take advantage of the people you know
You don’t need to hire professionals to do everything especially if your wedding budget is tight. Look for people in your circles who have the talent to help you in various aspects of your wedding. For instance, if you have a friend or relative who is a good DJ or MC then you can always get their services at a more affordable price.
5. Hire your dress
Another great way to save money is to hire your wedding dress. You can either do that or buy a new dress then later sell it together with other accessories which you spent on for your wedding day. Doing this may be a nice way to recover after spending a lot of money on the wedding.
Remember that there’s a life after the wedding. You must be ready to live with what you’ve spent. It’s not worth going into debt to cover the costs of wedding planning. You’ll enjoy your wedding better if there are no financial regrets when it’s all over.