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How To Save Money On Your Wedding Using The Wedding Classfieds
The Wedding Of Your Dreams
You read it everywhere...the price of the average wedding is now close to $30,000. Holy cow! $30,000?! You can buy a car for $30,000 and with proper care, drive it for several years to come. You can make a down payment on a house. But a wedding...it's over in one day, right? Of course, there's that lifetime of memories that everyone talks about about and the bound coffee table book with the glossy pictures that's so popular now. But $30,000?!!
Relax, it doesn't have to be that way! If you're a newly engaged bride in the early planning phases of your wedding, of course, you are bowled over with ideas. There are TV shows with fantasy wedding planners, thick as an encyclopedia bride magazines at the grocery store with page after page of extravagantly priced wedding gowns and other paraphernalia that they try to convince you that you actually MUST have to have a proper wedding. Don't buy into the hype and don't do as many brides do and rush out willy nilly on a buying extravaganza scooping up a bunch of stuff you probably don't need or at the end of the day, even want. Take a breath and think a minute.
What's Your Wedding Budget?
The first thing you need to do is have the first true test of your soon-to-be married life and rate your financial compatibility. Sit down with your charming intended and talk realism with him. If you're paying for the wedding yourselves, you need to discuss what your vision is of your wedding day and what the two of you can truly afford. You don't want to start your married life with a whopping debt using money that could be more wisely spent on a down payment on a house. Maybe the two of you would rather invest some of that money into the honeymoon of your dreams and skip all those wedding bells and whistles. Now is the time to iron out all those issues and find out what the two of you value, individually, and as a couple. If you're the bride and your parents are paying, a sit-down is definitely in order to see how well what they are able to spend on the wedding meshes with what your dream wedding will cost. If there's a little problem with that mesh, you're going to have to adjust your expectations a little. Possibly a lot!
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Hit The Classifieds!
So what to do when you realize that your beautiful wedding vision far exceeds your financial grasp? Don't despair, bride-to-be! There IS help out there, and plenty of it, in the form of the wedding classifieds. Wedding classifieds? Yes, you knew there were classifieds for job seekers and rental property and re-selling junk from your garage, but did you know there are classifieds out there just to help you plan your wedding? There are tons and you can score some significant savings if you're a savvy bride with some extra time. First, you'll need time and patience to scour the classifieds for the items you'll need to make the wedding of your dreams happen at a price that won't leave you and your fiancée living in a cardboard box for the rest of your lives. Second, you'll need a good idea of what things should cost retail. And then, don't pay it. Seriously, you don't have to pay retail for a single item for your wedding. Unless it's for plane tickets to that dream location you bought with all the money you saved!
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How To Find Wedding Classifieds
If you're a bride-to-be, chances are you're already spending hours a day, gazing longingly at inspiration photos on the Internet and reading everything you can about how to plan your wedding. Did you realize that many of those wedding sites also have a community composed of brides who are ready, willing, and able to sell you everything from their table arrangements to their dresses as a fraction of the original cost? It's true and smart brides with an eye for what things they will need to create their dream wedding can score big by using these sites and save a ton of cash in the bargain! All the major sites, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Weddingbee, etc., have a classifieds section with brides offering their wedding goods at a substantial savings. To find the classifieds on each site, just look for the "community" section. Or you can just Google Wedding classifieds and they'll come up, plus alot more.
What Can You Buy On The Wedding Classifieds?
As a bride just starting out, you'l be amazed at what you can buy through the wedding classifieds. Lusting after a Vera Wang gown, but can't afford the hefty price tag? Use the wedding classifieds! Looking for a photographer or wedding planner in your area? They've got that covered, too! How about bridesmaid's dresses for your friends who are long on friendship, but short on cash? Done and done! Even your wedding unmentionables, which we'll mention here, because, let's face it, all that underwired and boned wedding lingerie is some expensive stuff, can be bought right on the wedding classifieds! If the thought of buying used stuff creeps you out, you can always run across the brides whose wedding has been called off and is looking to ditch all of her never-used, never-worn stuff, because she never wants to see it again. It may sound harsh, but her loss is your gain!
What Is Bride Share?
Got your heart set on those gorgeous Opulent Treasures cupcakes candelabras dripping with crystals only to find out they've been discontinued and you can only find them on e-bay for about $90 a pop? In love with the idea of that moss aisle runner you saw in a magazine for your woodlands-themed wedding, but can't afford the $300 price tag? Consider buying your items and splitting the cost with another bride who's dying to have the same thing. You can find brides who would like to share with you through the regular classifieds, but there are also sites like BrideShare which are specifically intended for brides on a budget who wants nice things for their wedding, but don't have the finances to support that.
Don't Get Scammed!
If you've decided trying to save money on your wedding by using the wedding classifieds is a smart thing to do, you still need to be careful. It's fun and exciting to go in and buy everything you see that you think you might need, but DON'T. Have a plan in mind for the things you want to make your wedding beautiful. Make a list of what you need to make it happen, then research prices INCLUDING shipping for items at retail cost. Some companies give great deals on shipping that are hard to beat for the average seller on the wedding classifieds. Other times the reverse is true. Some companies lure you in by charging a low price up front for their merchandise and then nail you with the shipping.
Once you've researched your prices, go on the classifieds and check out the things on your list. Many of the sites have a "search" feature where you can specifically target the items you're looking for and all the listings will come up related to that item. Be smart, even in bridal communities, there are scammers. Some brides jack up the prices of their goods or try to charge full price on used items. Yes, they've only been used once, but they should still lower the price of the item, because even if used for only one day, it is STILL used. This is where knowing your prices comes in. If a bride lists something you'd love to have, but you're not familiar with the price, google it and find out what the original price was on the item. If the bride isn't discounting it considerably, keep on looking. Remember, you still have to pay shipping and shipping can sometimes be a deal breaker, especially on heavy items like china, vases, chargers, etc. Also realize that sometimes fragile items won't make it to their destination unharmed, so it may be wise to pay for insurance on the package. Consider all these things when deciding to buy from another bride to find out if you're really getting a good deal.