If you’ve started planning your wedding, you’ll probably have noticed that it’s a pricey business. The average US wedding now costs in the region of $26,000. If this figure induces instant panic, don’t worry. There are ways to plan a dreamy day without going bankrupt. If you’re a bride on a budget, these are the only money-saving tips you’ll ever need.
When to get married
If you’ve done a bit of research already, you may have noticed that the cost of hiring venues tends to vary according to the time of year. In peak wedding season, you’ll pay premium fees. If you’re desperate to get married in the summer or you dream of a festive-themed celebration, you may not even consider going for an off-season wedding. But if you’re flexible, and you don’t mind risking a bit of rain, you could save a huge amount of money. Weddings between January and March and October and December tend to be much cheaper. You can take advantage of lower rates, and you also have the benefit of getting married at a time of year when there aren’t weddings every weekend. There’s a better chance of your guests being able to make the ceremony, and you don’t have to be sandwiched between other events.
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As soon as you add the prefix wedding, you’re going to pay higher prices. If you can, try and avoid shopping for items that are specifically designed for weddings. Take bridesmaid dresses, for example. You’ll pay hundreds of dollars for a gown in a bridal boutique, but you could get almost exactly the same dress online or on the high street for a fraction of the price because it’s sold as a formal or occasion dress rather than a dress solely reserved for bridesmaids.
It’s a really good idea to compare prices on everything you buy. If you can make savings on everything from table decorations and palladium wedding rings to suit hire and floral centerpieces, you’ll save a huge sum. The Internet is an excellent resource. It enables you to see prices from different retailers and find the cheapest suppliers.
When you’re on the lookout for your wedding dress, ask to see samples, and keep an eye out for trunk shows. Some stores are happy to negotiate on price, so always ask if the RRP is the best offer available.
DIY weddings are incredibly popular. If you’re a creative person and you’ve got a team of willing helpers, you can create everything from napkin holders and place cards to favors and table plans. Match your masterpieces to your theme, and search online for ideas. If you are getting crafty, always buy in bulk to get the best prices. If you have artistic flair, you can save a lot of money by buying plain cakes and icing them yourself. If you want the show-stopping multi-tier wedding cake, all you have to do is buy three or four cakes of different sizes and put them together using dowelling or arrange them on a tiered cake stand.
Planning a wedding can be very stressful, especially when it comes to balancing the books. If you’re on a budget, you can still have the day of your dreams. Hopefully, these money-saving tips will enable you to enjoy a perfect day without any anxiety about overspending.