When you're planning a wedding, it can be so easy to rack up debt. Beautiful, wonderful things are being offered to you—colored napkins, chair covers, the big ballroom, appetizers, gorgeous flowers—it's very hard to have to say no; after all, you're only dong this once, right? You don't want to end up in excess debt before actually getting married. Yes, you're hopefully only doing this one time and want it to be perfect—it still can be, while also staying within your budget. See below for helpful tips to save you some money on your wedding.
Shop Discount Dress Shops
You don't need to wear a designer gown for your wedding. Chances are your guests aren't going to know Vera Wang from David's Bridal. Look at all types of dress shops, including discount outlets for your dress. You're only wearing that dress for a few short hours, and then it will most likely sit in a box until you finally do something else with it. Don't go over budget on the dress; there are too many other expenses. The same goes for the groom. Rent a tuxedo or suit for the wedding, rather than buying. It's far cheaper. Also think about borrowing small accessory items such as hair clips from your mother or grandmother or a veil your sister or cousin wore. These will have a little more meaning than buying new, and the best part is you'll already have your "something borrowed."
Choose The Menu Carefully
For your reception, plated meals may sound fabulous until you see the price. Go for family style (large platters of food to pass around at each table) or buffet meals instead. Also go with the least pricey meats on the menu, which means going for the chicken, pork or beef, rather than the prime rib or seafood. The food you choose can make or break you, so choose carefully. Skipping appetizers can also save you some money.
Opt For A DJ
You may have always dreamed of having an orchestra or band perform at your wedding/reception, but if that just isn't in your budget, a DJ will work just fine. Ask for references and ask to see the DJ perform at an event to see them in action. DJ's can play just about any song you ask for, and are usually really great about playing the proper music per crowd, as well as changing things up when there's a lull in the party.
You can have a beautiful wedding, while also staying within your budget. Be sure to choose carefully when options are being thrown at you, and always think decisions over with your better half before signing any contracts. Contact a wedding planner at a company like Events By Nichole for more information.