Preparing for a wedding is stressful and time consuming. Preparing for a wedding on a budget can be even more so. When getting into wedding preparation mode you need to be organized, budget-conscious, and on the same page as your spouse, and even your family members.
Today, the generally accepted average wedding cost is around £18,000. Although some sites like bridesmagazine.co.uk put the figure at well over £24,000. That’s a car payment, a deposit on a house, enough capital to start a small business… In other words, that £18,000+could and should be spent on longer term things.
Although your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, there are more practical and budget friendly ways of going about it. When it comes to finances, a lot of couples experience stress, disagreements, and division. Don’t let your wedding be the cause of sleepless nights and unnecessary headaches, not to mention arguments. By following a few of these budget friendly wedding guidelines, you and your fiancé will be able to walk into your wedding with a sense of peace, organization, and preparedness, safe in the knowledge that you have spent wisely rather than extravagantly!
Areas to Save: There are a lot of different areas that you can save in when it comes to your wedding. From your wedding dress to the beverages, you can save a lot of money by simply doing things a little differently.
Make sure that you discuss the budget with your fiancé, set some guidelines, and decide on which areas you both are willing to compromise and “scrimp” on. Just because you don’t purchase a designer wedding gown doesn’t mean your wedding dress won’t be the most stunning gown ever to be seen! Here are a few tips just for you!
• Clothing:Wedding dresses on average cost about £950, and £1,340 for Brides Magazine readers. That’s money that could be spent on purchasing items for your home or other important wedding necessities. By simply buying second hand wedding dresses onlineon a site like Gumtree.com, or even from a bridal charity shop, you could save hundreds (if not thousands!) of pounds.
Another tip: the simpler the design of the dress, the less expensive it will likely be. If the dress is bedecked in jewels, beads, and made of pure lace, than chances are, that dress will be over your budget. By buying a less extravagant dress, renting a dress, or having your dress made (not by a designer), you could save big.
• Food: Food is one of the most expensive parts of a wedding. From paying the servers to flipping the bill for silverware, you’ll be sticker shocked by the end of the affair. By going buffet style, or having your wedding at a time where heavy hors d’oeuvre are acceptable, you’ll be able to save quite a bit of money.
• Drinks: Alcoholic beverages are another area where the price tag is simply staggering. By having a dry wedding or choosing 1-2 specialty drinks to serve (instead of an open bar) you can save quite a bit of money as well. If you want to have a dry wedding, opt for serving the usual beverages such as water, tea, lemonade, and coffee (depending on the time of day). Only go dry if it is right for your crowd though.
By discussing your budget before the planning begins, you and your fiancé will be on the same page, preventing any future arguments and disagreements. You want the planning of your big day to be a fun and exciting time, not a headache! Plan ahead, set a budget, stick to the budget, decide which areas you’re ok with “skimping” on, and have fun!