More Budgeting Tips For The Budget Savvy Bride
According to a 2005 survey by The Fairchild Bridal Group, the average cost of a wedding is $26,327. And no, that's not a typo, and yes that is the average!!!
The good news is that you can do it for a lot less and still have the wedding of your dreams. You don't need to pare down your guest list and no it doesn't have to be BYOB.
Before you begin number crunching and cutting budgets, make a list of which elements of your wedding are the most important. Start with a list of the major bridal expenditures (cake, ceremony/reception location, flowers, food, formal wear, honeymoon, invitations, music, photographer, and videographer) and rate them in numerical order. Once you've put it down on paper, you'll have a better understanding of your expectations for your wedding.
When budgeting for your wedding you don't always have to settle for less. There are lots of ways to save money and still get precisely what you always dreamed of.
* Once you've picked out the perfect bridal gown, go online and see if you can find it for a better price. There are several reliable, bridal retailers who offer brand name gowns and also operate their own online bridal salons--so you won't have to worry about fly-by-night operations and poor customer service.
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Nordstroms Wedding Shop has a great selection of wedding dresses and bridal gowns at amazing prices.
* Do the same for your shoes and accessories. Many of these online shops have free shipping and no sales tax--so that's money in your pocket.
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* If you're serving alcohol at your reception, ask your caterer if they charge a corkage fee. If they don't, look in to purchasing it through a wholesaler, local retailer, or even online. Ask around, home made wine is a popular hobby for many and it can be very reasonable.
* Instead of hiring a professional photographer, ask a friend or hire a student from your local university to do the handiwork. Many photographers will take the pictures and then hand over the film so that you can develop the photos in the sizes and quantities you require.
* Ready-made wedding favors can cost in excess of $3 per person. And most of the cost associated with these little tokens of appreciation is labor. So make them yourself...it's not that hard and can be lots of fun!
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* Instead of buying expensive, personalized thank you cards, buy boxed thank-you cards. You can find beautiful ones at a card store, bookstore, or stationer.
* A great way to have your favorite music, and save the cost of a DJ or band is to prerecord the entire music onto a mp3 player. Ask a friend to assist with this and this could be their wedding gift.
* For an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception, use potted plants instead of expensive floral arrangements. Not only will you save money, but you'll get to take the flowers home and watch them grow through the years. Alternately use them as thank-you gifts.
* Have your reception at a local restaurant. Many don't charge a location/rental fee AND you won't have to rent tables, chairs, or linens. If you choose a slow night or a night when they are usually closed they may offer you a great rate.
* Planning a wedding on a budget doesn't have to be painful. And it certainly doesn't mean that you have to give up everything you always dreamed of. It's about being spending your money wisely.