Weddings On a Budget - 7 Tips For Really Big Savings

By: Sean Saunders

It doesn't matter what it is, you have to be looking for a way to save money on it. Weddings on a budget can be great, but if you don't plan properly nor use a few unique money saving ideas, you will never come in under your budget. Having said that, if you'd like to get a jump start on planning a wedding on a budget, follow the 7 tips below.

3 Basic Tips For Successful Weddings on a Budget...

1. Set a Realistic Budget: This is a very important step, as it will ensure you are realistic with your goals and expectations. Talk with your partner about the money you can get together for the wedding. If the bride and groom's family are also helping to pay the bill, then discuss who will be in charge of paying for each aspect of the wedding. Knowing what you're working with is a key first step.

2. Create a "What We Want" List: Everything you (and your husband) want at the wedding will need to be put on this list, down to the last detail. No matter how trivial or inconsequential the detail may seem, make sure it is on this list. Another way to think of it -- if it's not on the list, it's not in the wedding!

3. Prioritize the List: Take the list you created above and start numbering it from crucially important to can-be-sacrificed-if-necessary. This prioritization will help you to focus on the truly important aspects of the wedding and, if need be, sacrifice the smaller aspects so that the wedding can live on.

4 Specific Tips to Save When Planning Weddings on a Budget...

1. Do NOT Have a Sit Down Meal. With servers, specialty orders, custom food requests, etc. this choice will be a financial catastrophe that will destroy your wedding budget entirely. That said, you're far better of going with the buffet style reception. A buffet will allow you to save money by offering inexpensive, easily prepared food as well as please guests with a greater variety of food options.

2. Tone Down the Fancy-Schmancy. You don't have to have super expensive decorations for your wedding to be classy and memorable. In fact, with a few carefully chosen cheap wedding accessories, you can easily give everything a touch of elegance all the while staying within the budget.

3. Drop the Open Bar Idea. Kill it, dump it, drown it, and then forget it. An open bar is too expensive and will encourage people to get way more drunk than you, or they, would like. Instead, buy the beverages -- nonalcoholic drinks, beer, champagne, and wine -- in bulk. For even greater savings, serve the beverages yourself or put a friend in charge.

4. Dress For Less. The wedding attire can be quite expensive -- which, as you can guess, is NO good for weddings on a budget. That said, start thinking more frugally. Rather than buying a dress you'll only wear for ONE day, consider the possibility of renting. If you don't like the idea of renting, think about buying second hand wedding dresses or even used inexpensive wedding dresses instead.

When it comes to planning weddings on a budget, these 7 tips are sure to lighten the financial load. If they aren't enough, well, you'll just have to find a wedding planning website that offers more tips and unique money saving ideas.

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