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Congrats! You’re about to be Mr. and Mrs. and this moment is pure bliss! You start planning your big day and then reality hits you… Weddings are an expensive process! You may be starting to panic, realizing just how little you have saved; but stop, breathe and listen. Maybe you haven’t saved enough or you just don’t have a massive budget. That’s ok, you have options! You can still have that magical fairy-tale wedding whether you decide to save up and push back the wedding date or narrow down what elements of your big day matter most that are within your current budget.
Saving Up To Marry Later
Your wedding is probably the priciest party you will ever throw. And why shouldn’t it be?! It’s your wedding! It’s easy to say you’ll stick to your budget and also have a ton of great details and amazing vendors, but when the bills start adding up, sticker shock could set in. If you decide to push back your wedding a few months or even a year, that’s OK! Saving up for the wedding is not a hopeless task, we promise. Here’s how you can save up and pay for your perfect day:
Ask your vendors about setting up monthly payments. They will never say no to collecting early payments-trust us!
If you have already put down a deposit on a venue, make sure to read the fine print in your contract to see it’s changes/cancellation policy.
Use this math equation: Getting married in a year with a budget of 30k? Divide 30k by 12 (which equals $2,500 a month). If that amount seems like too much add more time.
Cut back monthly costs and monitor your Starbucks spending habits-they add up!
Revisit your guest list. Do you really need Tom’s 5th cousin twice removed to be at your wedding? Spend the money on other details.
Spending Less To Marry Sooner
Most couples sit down to plan a wedding and set a budget before knowing how much everything costs. Then you find yourselves adding $1,000 here and $1,000 there, soon realizing their budget was an unrealistic amount. It’s ok though, even if you don’t have an unlimited budget, you can still have a gorgeous wedding that will represent you as a couple and that you can be proud of!
Choose what matters most to you. If a lot of flowers are very important to you, maybe cut the videographer because you decide you really don’t need a video of the day.
Trim your guest list. Not only will it make the day more intimate, but it will help your budget in a major way! Each guest costs more than just one meal. They come with an invitation, a chair at a table with rented linen and place setting, a welcome bag and more. When you cut back just one guest, it can save you between $750-$1,500 depending on your budget and your market.
Remember to ask your vendors about setting up monthly payments. Making payments can sometimes help make your big day one that is not only special, but more affordable.
Select in-season flowers because while most are available year -round, some like peonies, can be difficult to find and more expensive out of season.