One of the biggest decisions in life is to say “I do.” Not only that, one of the biggest expenses in life happens when we say “I do.” It is normal for every engaged couple to dream of their perfect wedding. However, it isn’t exactly the most practical thing in the world to blow all your savings for something that will only last a day.
Smart engaged couples manage to marry both things beautifully- a beautiful wedding and a reasonable budget. Many couples struggle to find this balance, with many brides and grooms fighting over every wedding expense. Here are five simple ways for engaged couples to save on their wedding day. You may be pleasantly surprised to find out how much these simple tips will save you!
- Consider having your wedding on a weekday– We know that weddings are usually held on weekends so more people can make it, but the people who are most important to you will not mind taking the day off to celebrate. Another perk of a weekday wedding is that hotel rates and general supplier rates may be cheaper and easier to book!
- Go “green”– Let your wedding be an opportunity to go green. Instead of printing out invites, why not make an e-copy and email them to everyone you love. Do the same to the RSVP cards and the save the dates. You’ll cut back on invitation expenses and paper usage too.
- Invite people that both of you know– The temptation is to invite the most obscure people, who may not even know you as a couple. Your wedding is a celebration of your love for each other, so the most fitting people that should be there are those who have been a part of your relationship, and not some far away relatives!
- Keep your wedding theme and colors “doable”– what do we mean by this? A fancy theme and a complicated color scheme will automatically mean more expense, as there will be more to execute. However, if you choose to keep things simple, then there will be more opportunities to save. For example, should your wedding colors be black and yellow, then you can easily request your bridesmaids to don black dresses they already have. There will be no more need to spend for this, thus saving you money.
- Work with products and items that are local and in season– Food is a vital part of your wedding, and a great way to save money is to decide on a menu that features local, seasonal products. If ingredients are local and in season, then they will be cheaper, and not only that, you and your guests will be assured of fresher produce!
Sam Briones writes for SafeAuto, covering an array of topics from finding cheap auto insurance to safety tips.
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