How to Plan a Budget-Friendly Wedding without Sacrificing Magic
Your wedding day is one of the most significant moments in your life. However, planning a wedding can be a daunting task, and costs can add up quickly. According to CNN Money, the average cost of a wedding in the US now exceeds $30,000. Fortunately, there are several ways to trim your budget and still have a magical wedding experience.
1. Keep your Guest List Short and Sweet
The guest list plays a crucial role in determining the cost of a wedding. Roughly 50% of wedding costs will go to the reception, including food and alcohol for guests, tables, seating, table tags, wedding favors, and venue rental costs. The larger the guest list, the higher the cost of the wedding. To keep your wedding affordable, it’s best to restrict your guest list as much as possible. Consider limiting your wedding to 100 guests or less, allowing you to choose smaller venues or even someone’s spacious backyard or home as a venue, which can cut venue and additional expenses.
2. Thrift and Borrow Decorations
Renting table linens and other decor can cost several hundred dollars or more, but alternatives can cut down on these items’ costs. You can borrow linens from family, buy used linens from thrift stores, and use thrifted items for decorations to save. DIY centerpieces, curtains from another event, and decorations found on Craigslist can all chip away at the expenses on your budget list.
3. Find an Unusual Wedding Locale
Choosing an uncommon wedding venue can provide a unique backdrop that reflects your style or theme at a much lower price than a traditional wedding location. For instance, local parks and small museums can be affordable venues, and they can give you the scenic outdoor ceremony or artful indoor space you’ve always desired without breaking the bank. You may also consider securing little to no-fee parks since the manicured landscaping can add to the aesthetics.
4. Ask for Labor Among Family and Friends
Asking family and friends to help with the wedding’s different aspects can reduce costs significantly. You may request a DJ friend to DJ for you, a cousin who excels in photography to capture the event, a baker among your family members to cater your dessert or any food, or a friend to help with the setup and takedown. A little additional help can reduce the wedding stress and cost involved.
5. Plan According to the Season
The months of June and July are often associated with the most expensive weddings. The less popular months of the year, including January, March, April, and November, have a lower demand, which makes them cheaper to book. A mid-day wedding, which is often less popular, can be much cheaper than a nighttime wedding. Additionally, using flowers and other decor during their peak season can significantly cut costs.
Your wedding does not have to exceed your budget. These tips show that with effective planning and organization, you can have a magical and affordable dream wedding. You’ve finally found the love of your life, and anything you can do to create a memorable experience without breaking the bank will be worthwhile. By using thrift and borrowing techniques, cutting your guest list, and considering affordable venues, you can have a wedding that meets your expectations without putting a significant hole in your pocket.