Money-Saving Wedding Tips
Posted By :Elena Difiore
Posted At : Monday, Mar 28, 2011
Most of us have felt the effects of the economy in nearly every aspect of our lives, and weddings are no exception. Some couples may plan to hold-off on their nuptials until economic times improve, but who knows when that may be? Here at the Unlock Your Wealth Foundation, we’ve found some great tips and advice for throwing a beautiful, intimate ceremony without going overboard financially. After all, who wants to start off a new marriage with the burden of a huge debt on their shoulders?
Ordering fancy invitations may seem tempting, but they’re also very pricey. According to the Bridal Association of America, the average couple spends around $659 on invitations and reply cards. To save yourself a bit of cash, try making the invitations yourself. With today’s technology, you can create beautiful invitations on your own computer using publishing and design software programs, many of which you can find for free online. Simply purchase some elegant card stock from your local craft store or order it online in bulk to save even more money.
The Dress: Invest Time, Not Money
The first impulse of most brides might be to go out and try on every wedding dress imaginable. However, you must be careful. Be aware of the price range you’re working with and stick to it! There’s no point in trying on a $3,000 dress when your budget is $800. That being said, that doesn’t mean you need to settle for a gown you don’t like, it just means you’re going to need to invest a little more time into finding your dream dress. Take the time to browse the usual resources such as newspaper and online ads, but also consider online auctions, as well as local vintage clothing and consignment shops. Make sure to pay attention to your local bridal shops because chances are they’ll have at least one sample sale throughout the year, which means huge savings of up to 50% or more on select gowns.
Be On the Lookout Year Round
Wedding decorations can really add up. To cut down on the cost of decorations, keep your eyes open for sales and discounts on decorations during the off-season. Stocking up ahead of time might seem like a hassle, but it can lead to huge savings in the long run. To save even more money, stay on top of the weekly ads for local and online craft stores. Try buying the materials in bulk and choosing a DIY approach to your wedding decorations.
These are just a few of the multitude of tips and tricks you can use to save money on your big day. It shouldn’t matter if you use homemade decorations and take your own photos or if you splurge and hire professionals, all that counts is that you share the day with those you love.