Weddings have been rising in cost over the last few years and the average cost of a wedding at the moment is around $25,000. This is a problem for many people who want to get married and want to avoid getting themselves into necessary debt and unless you have the cash to splash out on a luxury wedding like John Kleinheinz then you need to start looking for ways to bring down the costs.
The first thing to think about is to try and ignore the pressure that surround you when planning a wedding, you want the perfect day of course but you can still do this without needing to blow your budget out of the water. Let’s take a look at some helpful hints and tricks which can aid you in reducing the cost of your wedding.
Keeping it Small
You may have dreamed of a huge wedding since you were a child but if we look at this from a financial point of view, guests cost money and the more of them you have, the more expensive everything becomes. A friend of mine got married recently and because both her and the groom had relatively small families, they decided to ignore the temptation of inviting every single one of their friends and instead held a small ceremony. The day after their wedding, they held a party in a friend’s garden with a marquee for a fraction of the cost and in all honesty, it was one of the best wedding celebrations that I have been to. A big wedding is nice but not when it comes with an equally big charge.
If you are committed to bringing the cost of your wedding down then you should look into how much stuff you are able to do yourself without paying unnecessary costs. For example, you can make wedding invitations yourself, you can make the party favors on your own and you can get the help of friends and family to do the catering for you. Here is an example to let you know how much extra you pay for people to do things for you, my friend who had the budget wedding was quoted $1200 for her flowers, she decided to buy the flowers but without the arrangement and did it herself, her total cost was $185!! It can be easy to say yes to all of the fancy things that you see at a wedding fair but if you want to keep those costs to a minimum then DIY is the best way to go.
Hire a Planner
Whilst hiring a wedding planner may be an expense, you should actually look at this as more of an investment as they will be able to help you save a lot of money. If you say that budget is what you are after then your planner will do all that they can to bring costs down and will be able to use their long list of contacts to do so.