Frugal is Beautiful:Tips for Weddings on a Budget

Your wedding is one of the most important events in your life – but it certainly doesn’t have to be the most expensive. These days, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is $25,656. If that number induces more stress than the thought of holidays with your future in-laws, don’t fret: you don’t have to pay anywhere near that amount to have a beautiful ceremony and reception. If you budget wisely, you can make a frugal wedding a truly memorable event. Here are 7 tips for weddings on a budget.

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Start comparison shopping. Create a chart to make comparing features and prices offered by the various venues easier. For example, one company might not include the cake while another may skip the linens. Keep track of all the candidates and choose the one who offers your favorite amenities for a price that most closely matches your budget. (Of course, there’s something to be said for choosing a company or person who makes you comfortable and understands your needs – even if they’re not the least expensive option, they’ll save you stress and time in the long run!)

Most places will offer different levels of packages for your event,” explains Brandon Walker, the event manager at of Oklahoma event center Credit Union House. “The trick is to ask a representative to show you all of the available packages – then weigh those against other companies’ offerings.”

Travel to an inexpensive but scenic location. Weddings are generally less expensive in rural areas as compared to urban ones. And while you might think of a destination wedding as a huge economic burden, you’ll probably end up with a smaller guest list – so the overall cost will be lower than if you held the ceremony in your hometown. Go far enough away that only the most devoted loved ones (and your most well-off friends!) will attend. You may want to invite everyone from your co-workers to the mailman, but paying for a small wedding party is infinitely cheaper – even if you have to invest in travel arrangements.

Go public. Many beautiful parks and other public spaces allow weddings and other events for a small fee. Look into aquariums, zoos, galleries and historic sites, as these locations come already equipped with a distinctive ambiance and theme. Most will not include tables, chairs or other necessities, so you will need to make room in the budget for rentals. Contact your local school, church, or community organizations to find out if you can rent tables and chairs – or even borrow them free of charge.
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Budget Saving Tips for Your Wedding Day

With the average cost of a wedding that runs more than $25,000, it is no wonder why many couples-to-be are getting stressed out when it comes to planning their big day. But does it have to be this way?

Definitely, not.

There’s no need to spend a fortune and empty your savings in the bank just to make your wedding is extra special. Remember that your wedding can still be the best even if you only have a small budget. The key is to know a few budget-saving strategies that will make your day memorable.

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Check out these 10 tips that will help you cut corners, and still have a perfect dream wedding:

  1. Plan your budget.

The most important thing that you should do is to plan your budget before you make any purchase. Sit with your fiancé and talk about the things that you think are “must-haves” in your wedding. Then, allocate how much money you want to spend on those things. It’s very crucial to consider your savings, so you won’t end up empty-handed after the wedding day. Make sure that you stick to your budget to avoid overspending.

  1. Limit your guest list.

We know that it’s tough, especially if you and your fiancé are both friendly or you both come from big families, but one way to reduce your wedding cost is to only invite a limited number of people. Most restaurants and wedding receptions charge per person, so trimming down 10 guests from your list will definitely make a huge savings. Tip: Only invite the most important people to you and your fiancé.

  1. Consider cheap invitations.

Don’t spend too much on designs and engraves – simple cards with nice prints work just as well. Today, there are many varieties of cheap invitations offered online. If you want to cut your wedding budget, you can take advantage of these offers. And if you’re planning for a casual wedding, you can make your own invitation – just buy printed papers for wedding cards and use your home computer to print the invites.

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