Weddings can be very expensive. Weddings cost an average of $33,900 including all the expenses. Many couples don’t have that kind of money just lying around, which is why most couples go into debt for their wedding.
When you are planning a wedding, it can be easy to overlook certain aspects. However, one that should not be ignored is setting and having a budget. Ignoring the budget and spending endless money trying to achieve the perfect wedding, can ultimately put you into a hole of debt.
Below is 10 tips to help you avoid going into debt for your wedding.
Avoid the Peak Season: Try to schedule an off-season date. You’ll have more negotiating leverage with venues, and catering. Choosing a less popular month for the wedding could save you.
Set a Budget: At the beginning of the wedding planning, set a budget. Setting a realistic budget is important if you want to avoid going into debt over your wedding, and once you set your budget make sure you stick to it.
Cake from a grocery store: Cutting the wedding cake is a tradition at a wedding. The cake doesn’t have to come from a bakery. Many grocery stores have amazing bakeries. Shorter cakes are less expensive than taller cakes.
Flowers: In order to afford a wedding without going into debt begin by limiting your choices to in-season flowers.
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Cut the Guest List: You don’t need to invite everyone. A smaller guest list is generally more intimate, and always costs less.
Consider the venue: Having the ceremony and the reception in the same place is a great way cut costs. You only decorate one venue, you don’t have to transport guests from one location to the other and you don’t have to rent things like chairs more than once.
Photographer: Decide how long you’d like the photographer to be at your wedding. Remember that plenty of your guests will capture moments on their phone.
Hire a wedding planner: Consider hiring a wedding planner. A wedding planner might have access to discounts on some of the professional wedding services.
Consider Food Options: A buffet dinner is more expensive than a sit-down meal. You can save a lot of money by being creative with food planning.
Alcohol: You have many options in drinks that spare you the cost of a full open bar. You can offer up wine and beer selections only.
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