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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: