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Planning Your Wedding on a Budget


Getting engaged is a wonderful and exciting time in a couple’s life. However, it can also be a very expensive time. You want the very best, but if you are on a tight budget, it can be really stressful planning a dream wedding that you can afford. Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do that will allow you to have a perfect and memorable wedding, even if you are on a tight budget.

Listed below are a number of tips to help you plan a wedding on a budget:

Create a Budget: Before you make any wedding plans, calculate how much you can afford to spend on the big day. Without a detailed budget, you could end up spending too much and end up taking years to pay off the debt. Once you have determined how much you can afford to spend, you should make a list of all your wedding expenses. This can include expenses for such items as invitations, hall rentals, decorations, food, wedding cake, music, etc. Once you have a list of your wedding expenses and an approximation of the costs of each expense, you can then look for ways to cut down on each cost so you can stay within your budgeted amount.

Establish a Wedding Account: If you plan your wedding many months in advance, then you will have the opportunity to save a substantial amount of money. For instance, you can set aside a certain percentage of each paycheck and deposit it in a special account specifically for your wedding. To ensure that you can still afford your regular bills, you can cut costs in other areas of your life such as dining-in instead of eating at restaurants, renting a movie instead of going to the movie theater, carpooling to work with friends, bringing your own lunch to work, etc. You can also consider getting a part time job and set the money aside for the wedding.

Cut Wedding Costs: If your budget is small, you will need to come up with ways to lower your costs. For instance, have your close friends and family help you with tasks such as making homemade decorations and wedding favors instead of buying expensive items. You can even use your own computer and software to make homemade invitations. You could also use a DJ instead of hiring an expensive band. A buffet style wedding dinner and asking family members and friends to each make a special food dish also lowers the cost.

For the Bar, consider more affordable beer and liquor and even having a cash bar. Smaller size weddings are much more affordable than a large wedding. Go through your guest list to see if you can cut down on the number of people who will be attending the wedding. When considering a wedding gown, look for special sales and check out second hand clothing stores. Remember, holidays and spring time tends to be an expensive time to have a wedding because there are more couples getting married making it difficult to get deals and discounts.

Because an average size wedding can cost about $20,000, it can take a significant bite out of your bank account, and even leave you with a huge debt. When you have a detailed budget and budget plan, as well as planning well in advance of the romantic day, you will end up with the wedding of your dreams.

adriana noton is a freelance writer who specializes in providing great financial information for canadians. when searching online for debt counseling or credit counseling, one of the many resources available is consolidated credit; offering a variety of debt counseling services and financial planning tools to help canadians get their debts under control.

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