Tips To Help Cut Your Wedding Budget

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The hardest question to ask couples is, "how much you intend to spend on your wedding?"  Most of them have no idea what wedding costs are - often they have beer budget with champagne expectations. A wedding budget must not be taken lightly as it is the trickiest part of planning the wedding.  Unexpected cost can severely balloon a wedding budget, so here are a few of my tried and true tips (optional) for helping my brides stay within the limits of their budgets.
  • Weekday weddings are less expensive than weekends; but if the weekend is your preference, opt for  Fridays and Sundays over Saturdays.
  • Marry during the period of November through April (off peak months) when rates are lower to attract business.
  • Hire a wedding planner. Yes, the cost of hiring a planner will be far less than what you would save using their experience and working relationships.
  • Have your planner review your contracts for hidden fees and costs that you can do without.
  • One way to save on food and catering is to opt to do brunch, lunch or a cocktail party with heavy appetizers or hors d'oeuvres.
  • Save on printing and stationery by sharing wedding details online.
  • The guest list can greatly impact your budget, so don't feel pressured into inviting people you don't really know and cut children to keep head count down.
  • Splurge on the areas of the wedding that is most important to you and skimp on the not so important stuff.
  • Choose not to give an entree choice, and instead of a full bar opt for a signature cocktail drinks and wine.
  • Having the ceremony and the reception in same location will help to offset transportation costs.
  • Purchase your wedding dress off the rack and get designer dresses for a fraction of the cost. Be sure to check for rips and stains.
  • When it comes to fresh flowers, go with what's in season.
  • Want a huge cake without the price tag? Then opt for a couple of dummy tiers.
  • Get on email lists for your favorite bridal retailers, to get exclusive deals and discounts.

 

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