You have been dreaming and planning your wedding since you can remember and now you’re engaged! Time to bring out all of those beautiful ideas you have found in bridal magazines and Pinterest. When planning a wedding all the items can add up very quickly and maybe make you feel like your dream wedding is unachievable. However, believe it or not, you can plan the picture-perfect wedding you’ve always dreamed of, without breaking the bank when you budget like a pro. Here are some hacks to cut the costs of your wedding without sacrificing quality.
Whether you have your dream dress already picked out or you’re unsure of what you want, you need to set a budget before you fall in love with a dress. When you’re shopping in-stores, don’t try on anything outside of what you can afford! Check to see if there are any sample or clearance racks at the boutique, and don’t be afraid to ask for any possible discounts. Often times when you pay in full or with cash, retailers will offer a discounted price on your dress. If you find your dream dress that you just can’t part with and it’s out of your budget, you should see if it is available to rent. If grooms can rent their tuxedo, brides should be able to rent their wedding dress!
Good music is a must-have to have a memorable wedding! It sets the tone for your big day and is necessary for a fun reception. An experienced wedding DJ can cost up to $1,000 to $2,500. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives to a DJ. With music streaming apps like Spotify or Pandora, you can pay a trusted, experienced friend to be the DJ for the day or maybe research local bands for the best price. If you’re feeling crafty, DIY it and set up your own speakers and wedding playlist. Your guests won’t leave the dance floor!
According to a survey conducted by The Knot – brides spend an average of $2,141 on a florist! That includes walkways, centerpieces and other floral decorations. Splurge on your bridal bouquet and have your bridesmaids carry something less expensive, or create a flower-free centerpiece that still looks beautiful. Remember that flowers accentuate a wedding and are not the main focus, so you don’t have to spend a fortune on them. If you’re feeling crafty, DIY IT and make your own flowers.
There are plenty of ways to save money when planning your dream wedding. If you need help budgeting, don’t max out a credit card that has high-interest rates. Skip the plastic, and try a personal loan instead for larger expenses that will allow you more time to pay off your balance in full each month. By budgeting appropriately for your big day, you’ll be able to save for rest of life’s adventures with your soon-to-be spouse!