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Budget Wedding Ideas
If you’ve recently gotten engaged and started planning your wedding you probably already know the costs add up fast. In fact, the average American wedding can end up somewhere between the $19,000 to $32,000 range. That’s a lot of cash for people just starting their lives together! But a dream wedding doesn’t have to be chucked out the window just because your bank account isn’t as fat as you’d like it to be. Planning a wedding on a budget is actually a great thing because it allows you to get creative and put together a wedding day that is both personal and unique. Read on for a list of tips to help you cut costs and plan a wedding that won’t have you broke before you say I do.
Condense Your Guest List
It’s tempting to invite any and everyone to your wedding, especially if you feel obligated or if family members are pushy with whom they want to see sitting on either side of the aisle. But avoiding that temptation and slimming down your guest list can save you hundreds of dollars. The more people you invite, the more people you’ll have to feed and entertain. Only inviting those you’re close to will make for a more intimate wedding and will give you and your partner quality time to interact with guests instead of running around trying to mingle with everyone.
Save on Stationery
Instead of mailing out save-the-dates, pre-wedding party invitations, wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and extra info cards, cut your wedding costs by emailing digital invitations. If you want traditional paper wedding invites, you can still save money by sending digital bachelor/ette party or bridal shower invites. Places like Paperless Post, and Greenvelope have many beautiful options to choose from. And not only will you save money by going the digital route, you’ll also save trees!
Build a Wedding Website
You don’t have to know a lick of code to build a fun and functional wedding website. Check out Wedding Lovely’s post to find all kinds of easy, build-your-own wedsites that are either free or affordable. Wedding websites are great in that they allow you to manage wedding details like RSVPs, registry information, directions, hotel info, etc. Basically all the stuff you can’t fit into your wedding invitations. It acts as a one-stop hub for your guests, which also means you won’t get as many phone calls asking about this or that. Just direct them to your website!
Make a Wish List on Wedspire
Wedspire is every couple’s dream. It allows you to create a wish list of items you’ll need for your wedding day. We’re talking florists, wedding planners, dresses, jewelry, rentals – whatever your heart desires. All you have to do is create your wishlist according to what you need, when you need it, and what your budget is. Wedspire then curates a list of vendors and sends them your way. It’s the perfect way to find what you need within your budget.
Stock a Limited Bar
Limited doesn’t mean lacking. It just means you don’t have to have an open bar stocked with every liquor imaginable. Sure, guests love an open bar, but they’ll be just as happy with a few quality options. Think red and white wine and a small selection of beer. If you want to stock it with more than the basics, but also don’t want to break the budget, offer a free cocktail hour then a cash bar.
Post to a Photography Job Board
While it’s important to hire a professional wedding photographer, you don’t have to spend your life savings doing so. You can find a wedding photographer to meet your needs and your budget using a photography job board, like the one we offer here. It’s as easy as posting a job (totally free), receiving custom quotes, and comparing the pros to find who works best for you. You can also search our network of professional photographers who specialize in everything from boudoir to destination weddings.
Create Your Own Guest Book & Wedding Album
Did you know you can save half the cost on your wedding album just by making it yourself? Not only will you save money, you’ll have an album that expresses your style and personality. Plus, it’s so easy to do. The My Bridal Pix album software guides you through the creation process and helps you build a wedding album you’ll love. Gather your photos, choose your cover, layout, and style and voila! A beautiful wedding album that you and your family will cherish for generations. We also offer custom album design services too!
We hope these seven tips have inspired you to think outside the wedding planning box and design a wedding that you and your bank account will love. And if you have any planning tips that you’d like to share with future brides and grooms, let us know below!