Planning a Frugal Wedding
Even in difficult economic times, one event that seems almost recession-proof is a wedding. People get married in good times and bad, even when money is tight. As we watch spring (the wedding season) bloom into its full glory, it wouldn’t hurt to talk a little about keeping things manageable if you are planning a wedding.
If you haven’t heard before, the average cost for a wedding these days is $27,000. Think about that for a minute before you nod in agreement at the “need” to spend that kind of money. This is a pretty nice car, a sizable portion of a college degree or a down payment on a house. Unless you are wealthy, this is not a wedding budget that you should consider.
This is a very important day, but you need to remember you are planning a marriage, not just a wedding. You don’t want to go into it all with wedding debt you didn’t need to have already haunting you.
Consider these five tips if you are getting married and want to cut costs but don’t want to do it all yourself.
1. Use a restaurant for your reception. There are some gorgeous restaurants out there and they have everything you will need right there. You won’t have to worry about caterers, rental companies, etc. They’ll do it all.
2. EBay. Yes, consider buying what you need from EBay. I purchased my new wedding dress, wedding shoes, and sash from EBay and there is no reason not to give it a try. If you can try on a few dresses in person, you will have a better idea of style and size. Many EBay sellers are quite good about returns if something doesn’t fit.
3. Avoid bridal salons. These places are exhausting and overpriced. If you hate the EBay idea, consider stores such as JCrew that offer beautiful wedding apparel at a reasonable price. The best part is you can order it and try it on at home. If it doesn’t fit, you simply return it.
4. Skip the favors. No one remembers wedding favors and they are an extra expense for you. Forget them. No one will notice and you will be glad you did.
5. Use the grocery store as your florist. Don’t knock it! Your local grocery store may be able to offer you beautiful arrangements and bouquets for your wedding at a very nominal cost. While you may have to pick them up yourself, it beats trying your hand at DIY arrangements the day before your wedding.
There are so many ways to save on your wedding without becoming the DIY girl or totally forgoing the things you most want for your big day. Ask around and look into some non-traditional places for information and ideas-Craig’s List is a GREAT place to look for wedding vendors.
Remember, no one has had a wholly-original wedding in about 1000 years. It can still have your personality woven through it without breaking the bank.
These are great wedding tips from Courtney! What are your frugal wedding tips?
This post was contributed by Courtney Phillips, who writes about how to obtain a degree in accounting. She welcomes your feedback at CourtneyPhillips80 at gmail.com.