4 Tips on How to Save Money on Your Wedding

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Your wedding doesn’t have to leave you in debt. Dream weddings can quickly turn into nightmares if you allow costs to spiral out of control. And starting married life with the burden of huge wedding bills can strain the best of relationships. From the invitations to the honeymoon and everything in between there are plenty of ways to save money on your big day. The recent economic turmoil has left most brides-to-be unwilling to throw money away on a flashy, over-the-top extravaganza and yet they still want their weddings to be a beautiful, memorable affair. Below are some easy tips on how to save money for your wedding.

  1. Plan your wedding well in advance. The best place to start is to set a detailed wedding budget, stick to it and carefully track all your expenses. Build a ten percent contingency fund into your budget for unexpected expenses and set up a special bank account for your wedding funds. Your total budget shouldn’t exceed the funds you are able to save. When selecting a date for the wedding you can save a great deal of money on all your costs by scheduling it at an off-peak time. If you book a wedding on a Saturday, in the month of June or around Valentine’s Day you are going to be charged premium rates by all your vendors. And avoid mentioning that you are planning a wedding when getting quotes from potential vendors. Many vendors jack up their prices when they hear the word “wedding”. If they think they are quoting on some family event, the quotes may be as much as thirty percent lower.
  2. You can save a bundle by doing as much as possible yourself or involving your friends and family. Getting others involved in your wedding can make it a very special occasion and can also be a lot of fun. In lieu of wedding gifts ask others to donate their time and skills to make the occasion a success. You may be surprised to discover that many of the people you know have hobbies or hidden talents that rival anything a professional could provide from designing wedding invitations to photography, hair-dressing, flower-arranging, cake-baking, giving you free stuff and much more. Oftentimes, vendors like www.invitationsbydawn.com will have a great selection of kits or materials available so that you can make your own invitations and still have them look like they were done professionally. You may even know someone who is willing to offer you the use of their home or garden for your wedding.
  3. There are many cost effective venues that are far less expensive than hotel ballrooms or country houses that specialize in weddings. Check out local community halls, sports clubs, arts centers or private dining rooms in restaurants and pubs. You can reduce your food costs by avoiding a sit-down dinner and opting instead for a buffet or consider a morning wedding with a champagne brunch or an early evening service followed by a cocktail party with appetizers. If you are hiring caterers, check to see if there is a catering college nearby and get a quote from them. If possible, buy your own alcohol rather than having it supplied by the vendor.
  4. And last but certainly not least, the dress. If you absolutely must have a designer dress you can find deeply discounted dresses at sample sales or bridal fairs. Also check out Oxfam bridal shops. They sell dresses that have been donated by designers at a fraction of their original cost. You can also buy, borrow or rent gently used dresses. If you are buying dresses for your bridesmaids, opt for cocktail dresses that they can wear again rather than expensive bridesmaid’s gowns from a bridal shop.

All of these are great ways to save money on your wedding. With a little planning and forethought, you can make sure your wedding day doesn’t leave you with a financial hangover.

This article was a guest post written by Muzammil Bashir, the Senior Editor of pensioncalculator.org, an online pensions resource.

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