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According to The Knot the average cost of a wedding in 2017 was nearly $33,400. If wedding bells are in your future check out these four savvy ideas on how to have the wedding of your dreams while sticking to your wedding budget:

Wedding Budget - Newlywed couple having their first wedding dance.

No. 1: Plan the Date With Your Wedding Budget in Mind

Consider selecting a less popular time of year to get married, such as early in the year or a warmer month like August. Save even more by celebrating your wedding on a Friday or Sunday since reception sites and vendors might be willing to negotiate costs for an off-peak celebration.

Another option is to consider the time of day. Getting married in the morning is typically less expensive – just think of all the money you’ll save on open bar and serving omelets and pancakes over Filet Mignon.

Wedding Table- Reception table with glasses and dishes and white roses.

No. 2: Standing Room Only

Planning an outdoor wedding? Cut rental costs and create an intimate setting by inviting guests to stand in a semi-circle around the wedding party. Just ensure there are a few seats available for elderly guests.

Wedding Budget- Guests standing at a wedding ceremony watching a bride and groom get married.

No. 3: Pass the Pasta

Stay within your wedding budget and create a welcoming atmosphere by serving a family-style reception meal. Save even more by saying no to the bread basket and limiting alcoholic beverages to wine, beer and a signature cocktail to mark the event.

For fun, inexpensive touches for each table use Mason Jars to create one-of-a-kind, floral and candle arrangements which can also serve as party favors.

Wedding Budget - White and purple flowers in assorted mason jars and vases.

No. 4: Let Them Eat Cake Pops and Whoopie Pies

Instead of spending hundreds on a multi-tiered wedding cake masterpiece consider a less expensive dessert table with a variety of sweet treats. For photo opportunities, such as cutting the cake and feeding each other, enjoy a single-tiered wedding cake – giving you a bit more dough after the ceremony.

Wedding Budget - Single tiered wedding cake with white roses

Whether you’re planning a wedding for 20 or 250 guests, a DuPage Credit Union low-rate Personal Loan is the perfect solution for covering your wedding costs – big and small.

Do you know of other ways to keep a wedding budget in the black? If so, please share below:

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