How to Have the Wedding of Your Dreams--Without Breaking the Bank
March 3, 2015
I love weddings! Weddings are such a happy and magical time for the happy couple! Most girls--at least every girl I know--dreams of her wedding day and has so many wants for her big day. However, weddings are more expensive than ever-which can leave the newly engaged couple in sticker shock! The average cost of a wedding now is a whopping $28, 671.00 and that does not include wedding bands or the honeymoon! That price of course varies on the region, day of the week and season you get married, and the vision of your wedding.
It’s your wedding day, so don’t let sticker shock get in the way of what should be one of the happiest days of your life! You can still have a gorgeous wedding on a budget! Here are some ways you can cut down the cost of your wedding, but still have the wedding of your dreams.
Make a List and a Budget
First, make a budget and stick to it! In order to help you decide on your budget, make a list of what is the most important things you want to have on your wedding day. With the list of your must-haves, do some research online or make some phone calls! This will help you to see how much each of your must-haves cost, and you will be able to fit that in your budget accordingly. For example, you have your eye on that gorgeous designer dress--buy the dress and cut corners somewhere else on your budget like flowers or decorations. So, know what is the MOST important things for YOU to have on your wedding day and spend money there! If it’s not something very important to you, then don’t spend a lot of money on that area.
Click *Here* for a very detailed wedding budget printable from Botanical Paperworks.
For a lot of brides, the wedding dress will be a part of their budget that they will spend more money on. To try and save money, but yet still find the dress you love think about going to a Sample Sale. On these sales the store will sell designer dresses for less money. These will be the dresses that many brides have tried on, so make sure you check for any major stains, rips, or tears. With a sample dress, it is bought “as is” so it will not be ordered in your size.
You will still have to pay for alterations in order for the dress to fit your body. My stunningly, gorgeous Augusta Jones tiered lace gown was a sample dress! I got the dress of my dreams for far less than what it originally cost. I had a friend that is a professional seamstress alter my wedding dress for only $100.00. If you have a family member or friend that can alter your dress, that is another way to save some money because alterations can add up. Please, make sure that family member or friend actually has experience in altering WEDDING dresses first! Once a mistake is made in altering that dress there is no way it can be fixed!
Another way you can save money on your wedding dress is to buy your dress on Black Friday or the end of the year. The stores will be trying to sell as many wedding dresses as possible to make room for the arrival of new dresses for the next year. You could also attend the Brides Against Breast Cancer Trunk Show on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency-- The Wynfrey Hotel. Here you will find designer gowns that were donated from dress shops, designers, and brides that you can buy at a very good price. The proceeds from each gown sold goes to help fund cancer research and cancer related programs. Click *here* to watch a short video for more information.
Make Me Up
Of course you want to look beautiful on your wedding day! If you have a friend that is really good at hair, ask her to do your hair for your wedding day. Maybe one of your bridesmaids are really good at make-up, ask her to do your make-up. Try to have a rehearsal on your hair and make-up a few weeks before your wedding so you know exactly how it will look for your big day! Find a coupon to get a mani-pedi before your wedding to cut cost there. Or ask a friend if they are really good at nails!
Make your own bouquets and boutonnieres by buying flowers at a wholesale store. This could definitely save you money. Maybe enlist some of your crafty friends to make the flowers for you. I made my own bouquets and boutonnieres for the centerpieces, bridesmaids, and groomsmen and it did save me money! I did splurge on my bouquet and went to a professional florist. For a rustic or vintage wedding, baby's breath is absolutely gorgeous--and really cheap!
It is becoming more popular to get married on a Friday or a Sunday night. Why? It is much cheaper to get married on those days! If you don’t care about having a Saturday wedding, why not chose one of those days to save you lots of money! Maybe you have a family member that works at a hotel, ask them about a friends and family discount.
You can pick a wedding venue that does not need much decoration to save money. Chose an outside venue or a place with built in décor to save money on decorations. Check out the dollar store for décor such as tulle ribbon and DIY supplies. If you’re having a vintage or eclectic theme check out your local thrift stores and flea markets. You will be surprised at what you can find searching there! Or ask a friend if you can rent or borrow some of their decorations from their wedding.
For the rehearsal dinner, why not have it at your house, church, or even a local park? You can have people bring food and have a pot-luck style dinner.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and will be with you forever. Your wedding pictures will help you to remember your wedding day and re-live the moment. After the “I Dos” are said,the last song is played, and cake is eaten you will have your pictures left. Don’t try to save money on hiring a photographer that is cheap with little experience for your wedding day. If you have a friend or family member that is a photographer, make sure to check out their work before you hire them! Pay a little more for a professional photographer--you will be glad you did!
Choose an all-inclusive honeymoon destination. You could also sign up for Groupon and check for vacation deals to book your honeymoon. Maybe you know someone who owns a time-share, and you could book your honeymoon vacation that way.
My wedding day was the BEST day ever! I tried to save money, and did a lot of DIY projects and thrifting for my décor. You really can save money and have a gorgeous wedding if you put some thought and research into your wedding plans. Happy Wedding Planning!