Let's face it . . . everyone has a wedding budget! Everyone wants to get the most bang for their buck. There's no shame in that. So read on to find out how you can save a few bucks while organizing your dream wedding. . .
Get Married in the Venue's Off-Season
The venue is one of the things that will take up the most room on your wedding budget. Brides Magazine suggests booking the venue in the off-season in order to save.
But when is the off-season? Basically, anytime there aren't a lot of weddings. In the south, the summer months tend to be the low season because, let's face it, you'll be hot and sweaty, especially if you're planning an outdoor wedding. In other parts of the country, that will vary, so you may have to do some research.
Make a Plan Before Dress Shopping
Little girls and grown women alike dream about the day they shop for their wedding dress. Shows such as Say Yes to the Dress play in to that dream.
Having a plan before going shopping can help keep that dream from crashing down around you. The website Love 2 Love has several suggestions for shopping for your wedding dress, such as setting a price before you make an appointment, consider your body type, and limiting your shopping party to only one or two people (other than yourself of course).
You can read more at Love 2 Love.
The Sharing Economy
The wedding planning site Weddingbee has an interesting article on how the sharing economy has come to the weddings.
What is the sharing economy? It's a very broad term that can mean anything from bartering to purchasing used to sharing the expenses with another couple.
Contrary to what Weddingbee suggests, I think the sharing economy got involved with weddings some time ago. I mean, that's one of the purposes of party rental companies. They buy things such as candelabras and decorative archways and rent them out. This defrays the cost among many weddings—basically, sharing the cost.
Further, just about every bride I know has borrowed something from someone. It's even in the old saying, "Something old, something new. Something borrowed, something blue."
Nevertheless, it's worth checking out the Weddingbee's article, if for nothing else, the story of Bloomerent, a company that aims to make the flower industry more sustainable by sharing floral arrangement between weddings.
Save on Gifts
Usually, people getting married know other people getting married. So, if you can save a little money on gifts for your friends getting married, you can spend more money on your own wedding.
RealSimple.com lists the average amount spent on a wedding gift in each state. For once, Mississippi wasn't last! Ok, we were next to last, and one of only three states where the average amount was below $100.
I guess it's been a while since I priced wedding gifts because spending over $100 seems excessive to me. But then again, the biggest worry I had on my wedding day was whether we were going to have those little cocktail weenies and barbecue sauce.
Don't Scrimp on This One Thing!
Finally, there's one thing you shouldn't sacrifice in your budget.
The wedding registry Zola asked 750 brides what was their biggest regret. The most common answer was they regretted how the prioritized their budgets. If they had a do-over, brides say they would have prioritized vendors, such as videographers and photographers, who preserve the memories of the wedding day.