Ways to Save Money While Planning Your Dream Wedding
Photographer: Ammon Pierce
Now that the engagement excitement has settled down it's time to start planning your big day! While this can be an exciting time, many couples become overwhelmed by everything they need and all the costs involved. You don't have to sacrifice your dream of a fairytale wedding just because you have a smaller budget. There are plenty of ways you can save money and still have the wedding of your dreams. Here are five ways to save money planning your wedding.
1. Budget and prioritize
Sit down and create a realistic budget. How much do you want to spend on your wedding and where will you spend that money? Prioritize your list of wedding day must-haves into categories where you don't mind spending extra on and where you don't mind spending a little less. This will give you a starting point to begin planning.
There are many ways you can save when it comes to the flowers on your wedding day, and these can be an expensive part of your wedding day. Consider what flowers will be in season around your wedding date. Choosing seasonal flowers can help you cut cost. Consider opting for a single stem flower instead of a full bouquet for the bridesmaids. Going with less can often have a bigger “wow” factor on your big day and in your wedding images. If you are a creative person think about doing the centerpieces and décor yourself and buying the flowers in bulk. Don't underestimate the power of negotiating. Many florists are willing to work with the bride to be to help her create her fairytale wedding.
The dress may be one area you don't want to skimp on. Although very important and sentimental, you might want to reconsider spending thousands of dollars on it. While you try on the perfect dress from a wedding boutique, don't overlook discount dress shops. Many of these shops carry the same dresses for half the price. Also, if you have already tried on and found the dress, look for it online before you buy it. You can often find the same dress for thousands less.
4. Go online
Invitations, save the dates, engagement announcements all can add up quickly. The printing costs and the cost to send out all these wedding papers can get expensive. You can save thousands simply by setting up your own wedding website. You can still use your beautiful professional engagement photos, but you won't have to spend the extra money on printing.
Booking a venue for your wedding is one place you will tend to spend the most money. If the season is right, planning for an outdoor ceremony or reception can be a great way to make your fairytale come to life. Outdoor weddings at a local park or even a friend or family member’s backyard can be perfect and it will provide the ideal lighting for your photographer to capture those breathtaking images in natural lighting. Also consider a small ceremony, an earlier reception time, or plan for a weekday wedding. These small changes that aren't so traditional can save you hundreds or even thousands when it comes to booking your ceremony and reception venue.
Where you shouldn't cut cost:
You might think getting a friend or family member to shoot your wedding photos will help
you save. While it may save you in dollars, it could cost you in quality. You want your
wedding day images to be beautiful and ones that will bring back the joyful emotions and
memories from that day. A professional photographer will be able to capture all these
moments that your friend or relative will be not be able to with a point and shoot or even a
fancy DSLR camera. You'll regret it and be disappointed that you don't have clear, stunning
images from your wedding in the future if you decided to try and skimp in this area of your