Spend Some, Save Some: Sensible Ways to Cut Your Wedding Budget Dramatically

ben-rosett-10613Focus on the factors that really matter, mix with a bit of nuptial know-how, and you and your guests are sure to enjoy a stress free wedding you’ll remember for a lifetime. Cut costs where you can, splurge on the essentials and make it the most special day, ever. In the interest of romantic couples everywhere, we’re pleased to present a few savvy wedding-day tips to keep in mind.

The easiest way to drastically cut wedding costs is to elope. Barring that, you’ll want to know how to keep your wedding budget under control without missing any of the things that make a wedding special. Fortunately, we did a lot of the research for you already.

Get married in the off-season or at an offbeat location

Except for Valentine’s Day, February tends to be a money-saving month for weddings. November is a good time for a budget wedding, as well. Typically, January through March finds all costs of a wedding at least somewhat reduced. Skip a Saturday wedding, though. For some reason, everything associated with a wedding seems to cost more on the first day of the weekend, says Martha Stewart.

In lieu of a reception at a pricey country club, host your post-wedding party in a city-managed space like the zoo or municipal gardens. A beach wedding with a surfside party can be delicious and doesn’t have to cost a lot of cash. Bear in mind, however, that if the space doesn’t offer public facilities, you’ll have to factor in the costs of bringing your own toilets and tables.

Shop smartly

When it comes to your exquisite one-time wedding dress, you can spare plenty of expense when you shop at a resale boutique such as PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. Here you find a splendid selection of gently worn wedding gowns for a fraction of the price of brand new.

Take more time or less time to plan your wedding

The longer you have to plan your wedding, the more you are likely to spend. At the same time, a super-long amount of time with which to find sales and arrange for discounted wedding stuff, can be quite useful. Confusing? It doesn’t have to be.

Wedding budget planners at Real Simple magazine say that the new trend toward last-minute weddings is saving couples a whole lot of money. Alan Fields is an author or the best selling Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget. Fields says a shorter timeline tends to save big dollars.

“The shorter time horizon will force you to streamline and keep you, by necessity, from getting sucked into the vortex of elaborate weddings,” he explains. Conversely, a bride who takes a couple of years to pull together her wedding plans may take advantage of multiple holiday sales. For instance, find a flower girl’s special dress at an after-Easter sale and buy sparkly wedding decor at an after-holiday money-saving event.

The number one thing to remember when planning your wedding is fun. Romance and glamor aside, your wedding day should be filled with laughter, love and smiles.

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