How You Can Save Money on Weddings

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Learn how to have a simple, but elegant wedding that will also be meaningful ... but not cost a fortune!
Learn how to have a simple, but elegant wedding that will also be meaningful ... but not cost a fortune! | Source

Affordable Weddings Reduce Family Friction


Whether you are a bride planning your own wedding, or the father of the bride, one concern you may have is how to save money on the wedding. The financial burden of a big wedding can produce a great deal of stress and friction between the bride and her parents. This can often spill over into friction with the groom, as well. As a result, if you are the bride it is important to realize that it is in everyone’s best interest if you can come up with a reasonably priced wedding budget that will allow you to have the wedding you want, while still staying within the limits that make your parents and your fiancé feel comfortable.

The important thing is to keep in focus the fact that your actual marriage is more important than than your wedding. You want to start your marriage off right by having a pleasant, memorable service that does not create unnecessary stress and friction. You want a wedding that exemplifies how much the two of you love each other, and how thoughtful you both are in considering others. You can have this kind of wedding in almost any price range.

Creating a Budget for an Affordable Wedding

One of the best places to start is by writing down a budget that will cover everything you consider essential. Regardless of what you have available to spend, you may want to start by reading the short article, “Budget for a $3000 Wedding with 50 Guests.” By reading this article, you will see how it is possible to cover all your essential expenses, including a wedding dress and food for 50 guests, while still sticking with a $3000 budget. Once you have seen that a nice wedding is possible, even at the very reasonable price of $3,000, you can gradually edge the amount up by adding any extras you can afford and may want … extra guests, a more expensive dress, tux rental for the groom, etc. Once you have reached 90% of the maximum amount of money that is available to you, you will feel confident that you have budgeted enough to cover all the essentials. This is a much easier approach than starting with an expensive budget and trying to pare it down. One word of caution, however, is to try to only budget about 90% of the maximum you think you can afford. In this way, if you have an unexpected expense, it won’t be a disaster. In other words, if you can afford $5,000, plan a budget using $4,500 as your goal. Then, if you need to spend a little extra for food or gratuities, you are prepared.

Having a reasonable budget will help you decide how much to spend on each area of your wedding. It will also help you decide if there are some activities that you can completely eliminate. Does the groom have a nice suit? Perhaps he doesn't need to rent a tux. Do you really need a DJ to handle the music? Why not use your own choices and hook your iPod up to speakers? These are just two quick ways you can save hundreds of dollars on your wedding.

This Inexpensive Book Contains a Budget and Plenty of Helpful, Money-Saving Ideas

Romantic Budget Wedding Ideas: Where to Find Cheap Wedding Dresses, Reception Venues and More (Weddings Book 1)
Romantic Budget Wedding Ideas: Where to Find Cheap Wedding Dresses, Reception Venues and More (Weddings Book 1)

This book will help you plan the perfect, inexpensive wedding. It contains a budget that you can modify to meet your needs. It also contains lists of good places to get discount dresses, suggestions for finding an affordable wedding venue, and much more.

 

Where to Buy Affordable Wedding Dresses

Other than food and alcohol for the guests, one of the more expensive purchases that a bride will make for her wedding day is when she selects her wedding dress. Lovely dresses are available for less than $100 or as much as $5000 - $10,000. Of course, if you purchase a dress at the high end of that range, it can totally destroy your wedding budget. In order to find the best wedding dresses possible for the money you have available, the book mentioned above will help you find a number of shops and websites where you can find a large selection of dresses for under $250 ... and some for much less.

Another approach is to look for white evening gowns or dresses that are not specifically listed as wedding dresses. You may be able to find a lovely gown for a fraction of what you would pay for a luxury wedding dress.

Since a gown can be one of the most expensive items in you wedding budget, keeping it reasonable in price is one way to dramatically reduce your expenses.

Making Decorations Yourself Will Save Money on Your Wedding

Another idea for saving money on a wedding is to make some or all of your decorations yourself. It's easy to go to a Farmer's Market and buy flower arrangements. If you have a few months to get everything ready, you can also get together with friends and relatives for fun combination lunches and workdays where you make some charming decorations. One great place to look for ideas is on the website Domestic-Divaonline.com where the author has included a number of items that can be created with clay and similar craft materials. In particular, in the clay section, you may want to see the bride and groom wedding sconce lights. These lights are easier to make than you might think and will be be a beautiful addition to your wedding!

With a little planning, it is quite reasonable to be able to have a nice wedding that will not cause you, your fiancé, or your parents to have to go into debt. Sit down for a calm discussion, print out all the information you can find on money saving wedding ideas, and plan out all the details for your wedding. Put together a notebook, so you can keep all this information organized. Then, shop around and get the best price possible for every item that you need to purchase. Make whatever you can. The article for a $3,000 wedding, for example, gives you a list of all the items that you absolutely will need for the wedding, as well as a reasonable price to pay. With a little patience, maturity, and good humor, you can plan to save money and still have a lovely wedding!

Many People Decide to Get Married in Las Vegas - Fun and Affordable

Your Guide to a Fabulous Las Vegas Wedding
Your Guide to a Fabulous Las Vegas Wedding

One way to save money is to get married in Las Vegas. This book contains everything you need to know in order to get married there, including the laws, contact information for some of the top chapels, venders that can assist you, how to get discount tickets to Las Vegas shows, and much more.

 

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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful Wedding Suggestions. God Bless You.


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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you for your comments on how to save money on a wedding. Many brides have never thought about the ways they could have a lovely wedding for as little as $3000, or even less. I hope this article opens their eyes to the possibilities!


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Bake Like a Pro 3 years ago

Weddings are so expensive these days. My niece is getting married before the end of the this year and she is finding out how the expenses just add up. Your article is perfect for her. Thanks for sharing.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you so much for your comments. Weddings can be unbelievable extravagances unless brides learn how to keep their costs down. I hope your niece has a lovely, but affordable wedding!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

It's probably important to remember that one isn't Kim Kardasian nor are her parent's filthy rich, nor should they be expected to take out a second mortgage on the house to pay for a wedding.

My sister had a great wedding with at least 500 guests. There were 3 bridesmaids, etc. My sister made her own dress and all the bridesmaids dresses as well as their head pieces. She made my dress and our mother's dress. My sister, like me, learned to sew when she was about 14 or so. I've made prom dresses and I'm sure I could make a wedding dress if necessary. Saving money is a good reason to learn how to sew.

My mother, one of my aunts, and some friends made the dinner and it was served in a building that was rented and often used for large events like weddings. The flowers for the church and for the dinner came from my mother's garden.

There are a gazillion ways to save money on weddings nowadays and one can have pretty much any kind of a wedding they want. It doesn't have to be expensive to be meaningful and create beautiful memories.

This is a great hub and with June being the most popular month for weddings, it should be helpful to a lot of people who are probably planning their weddings right now.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Great information. I think our daughter's wedding was pretty and not very expensive. We made all of the table and church decorations. Voted up.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Making your own decorations and keeping things simple can make a huge difference in the cost of a wedding.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Revisiting this article because the most popular month for weddings isn't far away. Most people are probably well along in their wedding plans if they are getting married next month, but in case they need some ideas on how to save money, this is a great hub to inspire them.

There are a gazillion ways to save money on weddings nowadays and one can have pretty much any kind of a wedding they want for less than they think. It doesn't have to be expensive to be meaningful and create beautiful memories.

Sharing with my followers.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you for sharing this with your followers. I agree that there are plenty of ways to save money on a wedding. I also think that young brides sometimes forget that the energy they put into their marriage is more important than the money and the energy they put into planning their wedding.

Anyone can have a lovely wedding at a reasonable price. I hope more people will try some of these ideas and be creative in coming up with ideas of their own.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Had to come back for a revisit and a share of this hub.


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Deepak Chaturvedi 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Useful hub not only to save money but also to make event meaningful for life. Thanks for sharing.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

I'm so glad that you found this article to be helpful. You are absolutely right that weddings do not need to be expensive in order to be both beautiful and meaningful!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I've come back to this hub because I think you have some good advice on saving money while planning a beautiful memorable wedding. I'm pinning this hub to my "Wedding" board on Pinterest, and while I'm here I'll share this hub with my followers.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thanks for sharing my article with your followers. I'm so happy that you found it to be helpful!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Already pinned this to my 'Wedding' board and it's had a lot of repins. With the autumn round of weddings coming, I'm sure it will be helpful to a lot of people planning their special day. Sharing again with followers.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thanks Au fait. I have always told my daughters that the quality of their marriage was more important than spending a lot of money on the wedding.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

A great article for Christmas weddings in the planning stage. Already pinned to my 'Wedding' board, but will share again.

By the way, there is no way to leave comments on your article about charities. You must have set it for no comments . . .


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MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

Nice post, but in India the concept is to have a lavish wedding. Even poor people will take a loan to have a lavish affair.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thanks, Au fait, for letting me know about the comments section on the charity article. It shows that comments are allowed and that it has five, but I can't see them. It must be some glitch.

Thanks, MG Singh. That's interesting that people in India have lavish weddings, even when they are hard to afford. I think this is true for many Americans, too.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

This is a valuable resource for those who would like to save money on their wedding. I personally would rather spend more money on the honeymoon! And I definitely didn't want to put stress on our marriage by overspending for the wedding day. I hadn't heard about the article about budgeting for a $3,000 wedding with 50 guests. I'll pass it on to a friend who is engaged to be married soon. Thanks!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Lots of people choose to marry around Christmas and have a Christmas theme for their wedding. This article is an excellent guide to help people plan and stay within budget. Not a good thing to start a new marriage and a new year deep in debt. Sharing this article again.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Lots of weddings are planned on or around Valentine's Day. This is an excellent article to help keep people on track with their budget as well as ways to save money on the things they want to be sure to include in their special day. Shared.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Lots of people become engaged on Valentine's Day and some even get married on that day. Given the divorce rate, I think I would prefer a different date to marry in case the day is ruined because of a divorce later, but if one becomes engaged the next step is planning the wedding and this article can be very helpful and practical to that end. Sharing again.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

June is considered the most desirable month for weddings and it will be here before you know it. Anyone planning a June wedding must be getting things organized and making reservations right about now. I hope as many as possible will read this article and learn how to make a wedding budget and stick to it. Lots of things go into making a wedding day special and happy, and knowing one hasn't broke the bank must surly contribute to that happiness. Money may not seem like an object before the wedding, but it will certainly play a big part afterwards, so the less that must be paid off afterwards (ideally none) the better.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Weddings are special to all couples and it has to be that perfect day and the costs should also be carefully thought of your ideas sounds great.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Anyone who wants to be married in June should have been in the planning several weeks ago already, but this article could still be helpful to them and people getting married later in summer. Lots of good ideas here and ways to save money at a time when lots of people are having to pinch every penny. Sharing.


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Au fait - Thank you for sharing this article. I hope that it helps a lot of young brides who do not know how to budget for their wedding.


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ezzly 22 months ago

This is a great article for brides to be ! I didn't splurge on my wedding, bought me dress off ebay for $100 and made my own veil :)


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Deborah-Diane 22 months ago from Orange County, California Author

Congratulations on buying a dress for $100. Many brides are unaware of the large availability of affordable and pretty wedding dresses ... and how to save money in other ways, too!

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