The question was popped. The answer was yes! Everybody is happy, excited for the coming nuptials. Then reality sets in. It is time to plan a wedding.
There are a hundred questions to answer, and a thousand details to figure out.
- What do you want?
- What does your future spouse want?
- Who should be in your wedding party?
- Where should the wedding take place?
- WHEN should it take place?
- To make things easier, focus on the most important question of all: how much money are you willing to spend?
There are lots of ways to save money while still planning a great wedding. Follow some of these tips and you’ll save yourself loads of cash.
Make a budget, and stick to it.
Sit down and do the math on exactly how much you have to spend. How much can you contribute, and how much is your spouse able to add in? Are you getting help from family? Arrive at a final number, say $10,000, and hold firm on it. Keep a running total of how much you spend on each item, no matter how big or small.
Seeing it written down will keep you aware of your totals, something that’s crucial to staying within the confines of your budget.
Consider an iPod for the music.
DJs are expensive. An average priced DJ will charge you anywhere from $600 – $1,000 for the night. To save a significant amount of money, put your favorite songs on an iPod and rent some speakers for the evening.
Remember to add the slow songs, the fun songs, the entrance songs, and all the important songs for the First Dance, the Mother-Son Dance, and the Father-Daughter dance. Instead of relying on a DJ to be the master of ceremonies, ask a close friend or family member to handle the microphone duties.
Make your own invites.
Far more expensive than a DJ are your invitations, response cards, and thank you notes. Look into making your own invites. Check out www.zazzle.com for lots of invite templates. You can add your own wording and pictures for an extra personal touch.
Even better, each invite, thank you note, and save the date card come with its own envelope. Instead of spending $700 or more, you can easily print all of your invites and assorted cards for less than half that price.
Skip the church and head outdoors.
If neither you nor your future spouse have your heart set on a church ceremony, head outside. Do you love a friend’s scenic backyard? Ask if you can have it there. Chances are you’ve already planned on inviting the, and they’ll most likely say yes.
Most towns have numerous parks you can use for the day if you are willing to fill out the necessary paperwork and pay a small fee. Just make sure to have a backup plan in case it rains, such as moving the whole ceremony to the reception site.
Have a way of getting the word to every guest, even if it means enlisting several people to make the phone calls the day of the wedding.
Planning a wedding can seem like an impossible task that will only drain your bank accounts. With a little extra attention to detail and some improvisation, however, that can easily be avoided as you can save money on almost every aspect of your big day.
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