According to The Knot, wedding prices are at an all-time high, even exceeding last year’s average by almost $3,000, reaching just over $35,000 for the average spent for one day celebrating of your matrimony. Not many have that much extra cash around, so if you have a wedding coming up, it is a good idea to try and save any way you can.
You Don’t Have to Invite Everyone You Know
When going through the guest list with your significant other, it is always a good rule of thumb that if you do not know who they are/never have met them, they probably could be left off your list of invitations. Wedding guests are charged by the plate, so the more that come the bigger bill that has to be fronted, so sorry to the distant cousins and relatives that may not make the cut.
Avoid a Saturday Wedding in June
It seems that every girl’s dream is to get married on a beautiful Saturday in June, just because the summer heat takes over, but that also comes at a premium price. After all, since that is the most popular time, why would there be any discount given from any of your vendors as that is peak time. Your best bet is to try a spring, fall, or even you are really gutsy, a winter wedding.
Be Creative on the Venue
Also in addition to planning a wedding during the less popular weekend nights and months, the same can be said about the venue itself. You do not need the top of the line country club or hotel reception ballroom in order to have a great wedding. If you skip a little on the venue, kick up the decorations, and still have a killer party, your guests will not even know the difference and will still be talking about how much fun they had dancing to the band.
This Is Not a Wedding Dress Shopping Reality Show
Based on a study by The Knot, the average bride spends over $1,500 on a wedding dress. While that may sound cheap to some, remember that is an average, so imagine those that are spending over $5,000 on a dress just to wear for (hopefully) one night. The more extravagant the dress is, the more it costs, so there is nothing wrong with keeping it simple, while still being elegant, looking beautiful, while saving thousands of dollars off the bottom line.
Keep a Wedding Emergency Fund
It is always good to keep extra funds available for life’s unexpected events such as a job loss or needed auto repair, but the same can be said for a wedding, just in case any extra charges come up that you do not have to put on a credit card and worry about paying later. The wedding budget is always figured to go over, but it would be good to keep an extra $1000 to cover last-minute expenses such as the bride’s hair and makeup, or tips for staff that go above and beyond.