Wedding shouldn’t always be that expensive. Many people avoid the idea of getting married just because they can’t afford all the expenditures. You will be shocked to know that the average cost of a wedding in US is around $35k. This is a huge sum and the honeymoon expenses are excluded from it. But don’t get afraid too early. You can still have the wedding of your dreams while staying on budget. All you have to do is follow the below given tips.
- What kind of a wedding do you want?
Before you do anything else, you first need to figure out the type of wedding you want to have. Close your eyes and think of the wedding you want. Is it an intimate wedding or is it a destination wedding. If you can’t think of it you can always look up on the internet for assistance. But don’t get into the details yet. Just think of the overall feels.
- Talk about the wedding budget
Now is the time for the serious talk. Gather all the people who will be paying for different events of your wedding. Sit together and discuss the total budget of your wedding while keeping everything in mind. The conversation may be a little awkward because of the fear that you will be judged for spending too little money on the wedding. But this talk will prove beneficial for you in the long term. Just think of the long-term advantages.
- Think of the must-have things
Now there are some things that you need to have at all cost at your wedding. Discuss it with your partner. What are the top things that you must have at your wedding and how much will it cost? Once you have figured it out, you can then discuss how to lower the price further.
- Consider inviting fewer people at your wedding
You might want to invite every single person you ever know to your wedding. But this would end up ruining your wedding. With each added person on the guest list, you will be adding more and more costs to your wedding. Many couples make the mistake of inviting too many people. Some people who they don’t even know but invite them just because they felt obliged to do so. But don’t you make the same mistake as the rest of the people.
- Skills for gifts should be the new motto
Couples normally get plenty of gifts on their wedding. They even get some gifts that they won’t even use. So to save some cash, you can ask your friends and family members to help you with their skills instead. Is your cousin a good photographer? Ask him to cover the event. This way you will save a lot of money. If you have certain skills yourself, you can exchange them for something else for your wedding.
- Search for the vendors
Don’t go for the first vendor you find. You can end up paying a lot more than you actually should. Always start looking for vendors well in advance. Meet with a lot of vendors. You should also consult your friends and family for recommendation. And let us not forget our best friend, the internet. You will be able to find plenty of good vendors online. Check their past experiences and reviews and then compile a list of best vendors. After making the list, pick those that are the most affordable.
Lastly, keep in mind that it is not how fancy your wedding is but is about how happy and contented you are with each other.