Summer is the season of love and every year it’s ripe with two things: weddings and engagements. On social media, it’s difficult to miss the usual Sunday feed of photos and well wishes after a weekend’s wedding festivities.
If you’re getting ready to tie the knot, you not only have many details to consider but the financial considerations of making “the day” a dream come true. Here are some tips for your wedding checklist.
Prioritize the details of your wedding
When you picture the big day, what comes to mind? Bunches of beautiful flowers? Open bar? DJ or band? To stay on target, on budget and sane, you’ll need to prioritize the details of your wedding into those you can and can’t live without. Set a budget for each category and make it fit your overall budget. If it doesn’t, it’s time to make some cuts.
Set a realistic date
The wedding industry has the same basic principles of any other industry: supply and demand. Venues tend to be more expensive in June, September and December, the most popular months to get married. If you aren’t picky about when to marry, consider scheduling your nuptials outside of these three months. You can also save a significant amount by not having your wedding on a Saturday, overwhelmingly the most traditional day of the week to get married.
Cut corners when and where you can
Revisit your checklist, and start from the bottom. These less important details – the ones you, and most others, probably won’t miss – are where you should look to pinch pennies. Seriously, who’d care if you cut into a three-tier cake versus one tier? Also, consider what you can do on your own instead of hiring out, such as DIY table decorations or videography by a trusted friend seated on the front row.
As you begin your wedding plans, picture your dream wedding. Decide what’s essential, and be prepared to compromise, which should be good practice for the marriage to come. Remember that the importance is not in the details, but rather the big picture. And if you get overwhelmed, there is the ultimate cost-cutting measure…Elope!
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