Weddings top the list of the most expensive social events world over. According to a study conducted by the Wedding Report, a Tucson-based research firm, the average cost of a wedding in the US stands at $25,000 today. As a consequence of this, many young Americans are opting to postpone the wedding and instead channel the wedding money towards realizing other life goals. All is not lost though; with proper planning, it is possible to organize and have your dream wedding at a much lower cost than the average cost of $25,000. Here are five ways through which you can make your dream wedding a reality.
1. Get Your Priorities Right and Make a Budget Guided By Them
You and your partner will cut big on your budget by prioritizing your wedding must-haves and compromising on the less important. If you have problems doing that, you can ask for assistance from reliable & experienced friends or your parents. It is after clearly setting out the priorities that you then sit down to budget. A good budget should prioritize food & beverages, venue, and dressing. With the budget in place, the other important thing to do is to stick to it and only make the inevitable adjustments if any.
2. Having the Shortest Possible Guest List
It is the wish of every couple to have everyone on their list of friends present during their wedding. Parents, on the other hand, may want to have each of their relatives invited. Inviting many guests to your wedding will not only increase the mailing costs but also bulge the food budget. To reduce cost, the first thing to do is own the guest list; be the one to decide who comes and who doesn’t. While at it, invite the closest of your friends and family members.
3. Plan and Do Your Shopping Early
Last-minute purchases in most cases inflate budgets. By avoiding the rush that comes with last-minute shopping, you can research, compare prices, and eventually settle on the best deals. Wedding dresses and printing invitation cards, for example, can be done months prior.
4. Avoid Inviting Many Out-Of-Towners
The more the out-of-towners you have, the higher the accommodation costs you end up incurring. If you can afford to strike-off these people from the guest list, you will save several thousand dollars.
5. Avoid Summertime and Saturday Wedding
In most cases, caterers will charge more for events held on Saturdays as well as those held during summer. By scheduling your wedding on a weekday when wedding events are few, you end up paying less for the venue as well as the caterers.
The five tips discussed in this article will help you cut your budget by a considerable margin. Some of them will force you to make explanations to family and friends after the wedding, but what matters is that your funds are not overstretched.