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Nowadays, an average wedding comes with a price tag of $40,000 that is not my idea of a frugal wedding! Believe it or not, many couples don’t even blink when it comes to spending money on the best venue, the most stylish dress, and the most extravagant decorations. Making your big day more affordable but without sacrificing on style can be done. All you have to is be smart, and not spend money at random; at least not anymore. Here are some practical tips meant to help you have the coolest wedding within a convenient budget.
Frugal Wedding – Cutting Corners Without Sacrificing Style
Should you plan on cheap Wedding Food?
Making sure your guests are satisfied with proper food varieties and beverages doesn’t necessarily mean that you must spend a fortune on the most expensive menu. Choose to be inventive and everyone will appreciate your sense of style and creativity too, not just the taste of the food. Rather than a formal plated dinner, why not go for a more casual Swedish buffet? Don’t be cheap when selecting the menu, and let your guests to really enjoy the food. The dining experience is very important because it sets the tone of the party. Just remember just because you aren't being cheap doesn't mean you should go overboard either!
Don’t go overboard with DIY
If you have a thing for DIY crafts then you should definitely consider the best ideas for your wedding. However be careful; not all ideas you can find on Pinterest will suit your tastes. Look for inspiration and stick to shabby-chic decorations. Keep things simple and make sure the final result is charming, appealing, and innovative. Flea markets are packed with great stuff; although you are advised to stay away from cheap stuff. Rather than buy everything in the hopes of making an impression (and eventually failing), it’s best to adopt sleek and easy-to-do projects. This is the best way to help any frugal wedding stay on budget!
Ask for assistance from talented friends
Do you have creative friends that could help organize your wedding in an original, creative, and convenient manner? Then ask them for help and you’ll manage to spare a couple of thousand dollars. Look for friends with special talents, like amateur singer, video recorder, photographer, catheter, and so on. You’ll be saving a lot of money, and you’ll be in the best hands. Friends usually don’t ask for colossal amounts, and since you know them very well you can be confident that they won’t cancel in the last minute.
Shop for an amazing discount wedding dresses
This may sound unbelievable but many brides-to-be don’t look at the price tag when shopping for a wedding dress. When you can’t afford to spend thousands on a dress you’ll most likely wear once in your life, it’s definitely a good idea to shop smart and check more than one model before making a choice. Look for discounts and keep an eye on the web. The internet can be such a useful tool when shopping for wedding dresses. An even better idea is to buy a wedding dress from a close friend; and then modify it according to your own preferences.
Find cheap wedding venues
A lot of people get married in the weekend. That’s because in the middle of the week most people are at work, and you risk having a lot of cancelations. In case you didn’t know this already, but paying for a luxury Suffolk wedding venue on a Saturday will cost you double than if you have rented that same place during the week. If you want to save an important amount of money you could organize the ceremony in the summer (when most people are on holiday), or in the winter, close to the holiday season. Did it ever occur to you to get married on the 31st of December? You’ll be saving a fortune, not to mention that people tend to be a lot more kind and giving around the winter holidays.
On top of everything, it will be exciting to celebrate the New Year and your wedding at the same time. As you can see, there’s no need to spend a lot of money to have the best money; you can still have a memorable ceremony with a decent budget too. To make that happen, all you have to do is cut back on unnecessary expenses and ask for help from friends and family. It’s that easy!
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What are you frugal wedding tips?
By Maxwell Donovan and WildernessReserve.com!
I am a Wife, mom to 4 kids, homeschool mom, blogger, social media junkie, Frugalista, Book Worm, and Closet Want-to-be Chef. We are a Roadschool family (homeschooling on the road while traveling fulltime).
I grew up learning ways to save from my mom and grandma. I started my own coupon journey when my first child was born in 2009 and started the blog on 2010 when baby #2 was born to share my tips with everyone who kept asking about how I was getting diapers for $1 a pack!
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