Over two million weddings are performed in the United States every year. If you and your partner are planning to tie the knot, it can be hard to plan a memorable wedding that will also be easy on the pocketbook. Here are a few tips on how to plan a lovely wedding without breaking the bank.
Build a Budget Before you Start Planning
You’ll want to have a clear idea of what you want to spend and how much wiggle room you have. Keep in mind that some items, such as flowers, attire, and a photographer will inevitably be pricey, even if you find a reasonable rate. If it helps, you can subtract these totals from your overall wedding budget to remind you that the extra $2,000 or so is already being put to use.
Both wedding partners should make a list of the things that they “need to have” and “would like to have” on the big day. From there, you can determine what items on your list will be possible. For a budget wedding, it’s likely that you may only be able to afford one or two of these items, such as the dream wedding dress or catering from a very specific vendor. Set aside your “need to haves” and then create a plan for the remaining items based on your remaining budget.
Find Wedding Venues
Once you have a budget in mind, it’s time to find wedding venues. Even if you’re looking for cheap wedding venues, be sure that they have all of the amenities, that they can accommodate your guests, and that there is a backup indoor option if you’re planning to get hitched outdoors.
Convenience Matters, Too
The best wedding venues will often have catering, in-house floral design, and silverware, linens, tables, and chairs all available. You may balk at the idea of paying that fee to only one vendor, but working with an all-inclusive company streamlines the process, prevents communication mishaps, and can save money and time in the long run.
Ultimately, your wedding is about celebrating the love that you and your partner have for each other. Always work with vendors that want to make your special day extraordinary and have your best interests at heart.