Planning a wedding can be both an exciting and stressful season of life, especially when trying to plan a wedding that is within your budget. I was able to have the wedding of my dreams and stay within our budget by following the steps below.
How to Plan and Stay within Your Wedding Budget
1.) Establish a Wedding Budget
One of the first things to do when planning a wedding is to establish a budget that you can afford and be able to live with after your wedding is over. There is nothing worse than still having to pay off a wedding that happened months or even years ago. With smart and careful planning you can pay off your wedding as you go or save enough money to pay for it in cash.
Sit down and began writing down a list of every wedding detail that you could possibly think of. From that list prioritize and decide how much of your wedding budget that you want to set aside for it.
3.) Do It Yourself
If you find that you are unable to stay within your budget, look at your list and see if there are details of the wedding that you can do yourself instead to help keep costs down.
Instead of hiring a wedding planner I did my own wedding planning myself even though I was having my wedding in a different state from where I was living.
I made my own save the date postcards for free from a promotion that Vistaprint was having at the time. I was also able to make my own wedding invitations by buying blank wedding invitations on Amazon using a gift card and then printing them out at home on my inkjet printer.
I made our wedding menus by printing them on the leftover blank wedding invitations that I had left.
4.) Plan Ahead
The more time that you have to plan your wedding the better. This will give you the opportunity to really think about the type of wedding and reception that you want to have. It will also allow you enough time to research different wedding venues and vendors to compare costs.
Planning your wedding well in advance also gives you time to shop for items on clearance after the holidays. For instance, if your wedding color is red, plan on purchasing some of your wedding items right after Christmas or Valentine’s Day when most red colored items are on clearance.
5.) Have Your Wedding on an “Off” Day
I had my wedding on a Friday and this alone instantly saved me money. Wedding venues and vendors are usually cheaper or will provide you a discount if you book a wedding with them on any other day than on a Saturday.
If a vendor that you are interested in does not state that they offer a discount for weddings booked on a day other than Saturday, it doesn’t hurt to just ask. I was able to save money by just asking a vendor if they would be willing to provide me with a discount if I booked my wedding with them on a Friday instead of on a Saturday.
Also, depending on what vendors you decide to go with you may be able to negotiate prices if one of your vendors offers the same or similar service as another one of your vendors. I was able to get a reduced price on some of the lighting at my wedding from our wedding lighting vendor after finding out that our DJ also provided the same lighting service at a cheaper price.
7.) Limit your guest list
By limiting your guest list you cut down on your cost per person. I had a small wedding and in doing so was able to have more room in my budget to help with pay for some of the other costs of the wedding.
8.) Forgo the alcohol
Since neither my husband nor I drink alcohol or anybody else in our family, we decided to just not have it at our wedding. Even if we did the cash bar option there still would have been the added cost of paying to have a cash bar at the wedding.
9.) Skip Having a Wedding Party
It might sound odd, but we did not have a wedding party in our wedding. Instead of having our friends buy or rent clothes that were going to be worn once and to save money on buying everyone a gift to be in the wedding we just decided to forgo even having a wedding party altogether.
10.) Wedding help in lieu of Wedding Gifts
If you know someone that can help you with certain aspects of your wedding, they may be willing to help you out with your wedding as their wedding gift to you.
Both my mom and her fiancé helped out with my wedding in this manner. My mother paid for my wedding cake and for me to get my hair and make-up done as her wedding gift. My mother’s fiancé is a professional wedding photographer and did our wedding photography as his gift to my husband and me.
Although planning a wedding on a budget can be overwhelming and stressful at times just remember to relax and have fun with the wedding planning process. It’s your wedding and plan it how you want it to be and what works best for you and your budget.
Do you have some money saving tips when it comes to planning a wedding on a budget?