When the groom finds out how much a wedding is going to cost, he’s like a rabbit in the headlights. Of course, he realized it was going to be expensive but he never imagined it would be that much. Now he’s doubting whether you’ll be able to afford it at all. There’s the hiring out of the venue, all of the food and drink, and even the DJ is going to set you back a fair bit. Before you start slashing the guest list to the bare bones, think about ways that you can realistically manage the financial burden of the wedding, after all, you don’t want to be making any sacrifices on your big day. If saving up for your wedding seems like an impossible task, have a look at these tips.

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Be Realistic About Budget

The problem that a lot of people run into when they are trying to save for the wedding is that they aren’t realistic about the amount that they can afford. People seem to just pick a random number out of thin air and use that as a goal. That isn’t going to work. Thinking more logically about it can help you come to a number that is a bit more achievable. Decide when you want to get married and then see how much money you can afford to put aside each month. Then multiply this by the number of months left until the big day and you’ve got your budget.

You could also work backward if you like. If you are going to choose your budget, divide it by the amount that you can save every month and you’ll have a figure to tell you how long it will take you to save up for it. If you’re willing to wait as long as it takes then you can use whatever budget you like. If you want to get married a bit sooner, consider reducing it a bit.

Cut Costs

You could start saving up with the budget that you have now, but the likelihood is, you could be putting away a lot more money each month if you scaled back on things. Save money by going green, it’s good for you and good for the environment as well. There are so many little things that you could do that will immediately slash your energy bills and all of that money can go straight back into the wedding fund. Making sure that you turn lights off when you aren’t in the room and turn things off standby will save you a surprising amount of money. You should also try swapping out your light bulbs for LED ones; they are quite a bit more expensive to start with, but they only cost a fraction of the price to run than normal light bulbs do.

Cutting out luxuries is another easy way to reduce your monthly expenditure. That cup of coffee or sandwich you buy at lunchtime everyday doesn’t seem like a big expense whatsoever, but if you added up the amount you were spending every month, you would probably be horrified. Cutting those small things out won’t affect your quality of life at all and it’s all extra money for the big day. Try taking your own lunch instead of buying it everyday.

Larger Sacrifices

All of these small sacrifices will add up to a significant amount in the long-term, but you could make larger sacrifices if you want to bring in big amounts of money quickly. If you and your partner both own a car, ask yourselves whether you really need two. Selling one of them will give you a good chunk of money to add to your budget.

Anybody that is struggling with their budget could consider giving up their home for a year. It’s a very drastic decision to make, but if you have friends or family members that are willing to take you in, the money you could save on rent in a year is astronomical.

Credit Cards

Credit cards and saving money aren’t exactly a great pairing, but you’ll probably have to use one if you are planning a wedding. Unless you are going to spend quite a while saving up a larger budget, you’ll need to start booking things before you’ve saved all of the money.

Wedding venues are notoriously hard to get into, especially the good ones. If you find one that you love, you aren’t going to want to risk losing it so you need to put the deposit down as soon as you can. Doing it on your credit cards is the best way. Otherwise you’ll miss out if you try to save all of the money first.

When you’re using your credit cards it’s easy to get carried away. Don’t make the mistake of increasing your budget because you’ve got some credit cards out. Only buy things that are within the budget that you will be able to pay off in the near future, starting married life with a mountain of debt is never ideal.

If you have tried all of these things, but you’re still struggling to pay for the wedding, perhaps you’re overstretching yourself. There are plenty of ways that you can make your wedding a bit cheaper.

Replace Gifts

Wedding gifts can be a bit of a chore, some of the stuff will be useful but a lot of it is going to be clutter that you don’t really want. Why not kill two birds with one stone and ask people for help with the budget instead? It’s becoming a very popular choice these days for the bride and groom to ask for small donations towards the honeymoon or the wedding itself instead of bringing gifts.

There is also a tradition that says you should buy gifts for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. They won’t mind if you skip this part, especially if they know that you are struggling with the budget.

The Bar

It would be lovely if you could offer everybody a free bar, but sometimes it’s just not feasible. It’ll cost you a lot so why not offer a free bar for a few hours and then cash bar. That way people can have a few drinks on you before they have to start paying. If you are going to opt for a free bar all night, think about stocking it yourself. Wedding venues tend to charge over the odds for their drinks so if you can bring your own, you’ll save a lot of money. When you’re looking around at possible venues, ask them whether they allow you to stock the bar yourself, some won’t.

Rent Tuxedos As A Group

Unless you’re James Bond, you probably haven’t got a Tuxedo of your own, so you’ll be renting one for the big day. It’s a fairly big expense that can’t be avoided, but you can cut the cost of it. Most places tend to offer discounts for groups so if you all go together then you’ll make savings. It’s worth contacting everybody on the guest list to ask if anybody else needs a tux so you can all go together, the more of you there are, the cheaper it should be.

Don’t Tell People It’s A Wedding

When you’re hiring people they will charge you much more if they know it’s a wedding. There’s no good reason for it, they just do it because they can. You will have to tell them eventually before you make any solid arrangements but it’s a good idea to leave the wedding part out when you are getting initial quotes. That way, it’s more difficult for them to push the prices up when you do eventually tell them it’s a wedding.

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