Let’s be honest. People spend way too much money on weddings. Don’t you agree?
But when you start to plan a wedding, you realize how big of a money pit it can be. Just color coordinating everything can be cost prohibitive! I’ve compiled a few tips we used to keep our wedding costs lower than the average wedding.
1. Have the Right Mind Set
Too often you hear the wedding is ALL about the bride. It’s HER big day. And in some ways it is, but last time I checked it takes two people to get married. Remember that the point of the wedding isn’t to spend $800 on invitations for people to throw away. Don’t sweat the small stuff. As long as the couple is married at the end of the day, the wedding was a success!
2. Prioritize TOGETHER
A wedding is a really special day. Figure out what you AND your fiance thinks is important and worth spending a little more money on. Also talk about what’s not important and cut those out or spend very little on them. For example, my husband and I really wanted great quality pictures with a great photographer. So we hired an AWESOME photographer! All images in this blog post were taken by Shelby Babbert Photography. We were so happy with the results and we were glad we spent good money on the pictures. My husband and I also thought that having a band wasn’t essential to us, so we did not hire one. Instead we played music we purchased or already had through our speakers and my dad and brothers performed a song. A friend of mine played the piano for us as well.
3. Set a Budget
Talk to whoever is paying and get some numbers. For example, my parents paid for the bulk of our wedding so it was important we knew what they were willing to spend. Also know if someone else is wanting to contribute so you can budget accordingly. So if Grandma wants to buy your dress, talk to her and set a limit. This also helps to lessen tension and hurting anyones feelings along the way.
4. Plan Ahead
I’m not saying you should plan your wedding three years away, I’m just saying don’t wait until the day before to start buying. Last minute booking prices can be more expensive and you may just splurge just to get it taken care of! If you plan a little farther ahead you may be able to get coupons or wait for a sale coming up, too! So be prepared!
5. Be Creative!
No two wedding are alike. No two couples are alike. So why do people stress about trying to include all of the traditions? I’m not saying to throw tradition out the window, but just remember you can plan the wedding how you like. Maybe instead of a large formal occasion you want a small private wedding on the beach. Or maybe instead of having fifteen bridesmaids, just have one. Do you have to serve a dinner? Could you do just do desserts instead? Or how about a backyard BBQ? Think outside the box and have fun.
Weddings are awesome but budgeting can really be stressful, just remember what really matters and keep your mind on track. Trust me, when the day is over it’s such a whirlwind you barely remember what happened anyway!
What is your favorite tip for saving money on a wedding? Let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love to hear your ideas! Also if you love the wedding pictures above, give Shelby Babbert Photography’s page a visit and check out her Facebook page!