According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding is over $30,000. That’s a lot of money to spend on one day of celebrations—but luckily, you don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars in order to plan the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Follow these tips to stick within your budget while planning your big day:
Visit a sample sale
A wedding dress can account for a large percentage of your budget if you’re not careful. To save on this expense, don’t just buy a dress from a local boutique. Instead, research sample sales in your area so you can get a better deal on your wedding dress. Most bridal shops will have sample sales at the end of each season so they can quickly get rid of dress samples and make room for new inventory. Wait patiently for one of these sample sales and you may be able to save hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars.
Narrow down your guest list
Each guest you invite to your wedding makes your big day more expensive. Why? You will have to pay for food, wedding favors, invitations, and programs for each guest, so if you cut back on the number of guests, you can greatly reduce the cost of your wedding. Make your wedding more intimate by only inviting close friends and family members. Go through each guest on the list and ask yourself whether he or she should be included. If you haven’t seen someone in a long time, or if someone is just an acquaintance, it’s best to leave him or her off of the list.
Choose your flower arrangements wisely
Flowers can eat up a lot of your budget, but there are ways that you can decorate with beautiful blooms without going completely over budget . For example, instead of spending a lot of money on giant bouquets for your centerpieces, let a few blooms float in a bowl of water alongside floating candles. This is much less expensive than floral bouquets, but it looks just as romantic and elegant.
When choosing flowers, you should always ask what will be in season at the time of your wedding. Flowers that are not in season are much more expensive than those that are, so be sure to ask your florist for a list of seasonal flowers prior to making this decision.
Hold a “Stock the Bar” party
It can cost a pretty penny to serve your guests alcohol at your wedding, but not if you plan ahead. Many couples are choosing to host a “Stock the Bar” party in the weeks leading up to their wedding. At this party, guests are asked to bring their favorite wine, beer, or liquor that they want at the wedding. The couple will then save all of the alcohol that their guests bring to the party and use it to stock the bar at their wedding (hence the name). This is a great way to cut costs—and to make sure that your guests all have access to their favorite drink!
Skip the gifts
It’s tradition for the bride to buy her bridesmaids gifts and the groom to buy his groomsmen gifts. But, if you’re on a budget, you may not have the funds for this extra expense. Instead of buying gifts for your loved ones, write a meaningful thank you note that expresses how grateful you are to have them in your life. This will mean much more to them than a gift—and it’s far less expensive, too!
It doesn’t matter what your budget is—whether you have one hundred thousand, ten thousand, or even one thousand dollars, you can still make the wedding of your dreams a reality!
Gwen Lewis is a writer who lives in California. She has been in the fashion and health industry for years and loves writing on the topic to give tips from experience. In her free time, she loves to stay active and has just taken on learning how to surf.