Making sure that your dream wedding goes off without a hitch is an important and stressful duty.
It gets even more difficult when you have a tighter budget than you had planned on.
Fortunately, there are ways to have the nuptials you want without breaking the bank.
Establish a Proper Budget
Before you start looking at hard numbers, sit down with your future spouse, and decide just what you want out of your wedding.
Do you want a larger venue that you both love? Do you want a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party?
What’s your choice of music? Discuss your preferences and write down the most important things first. The next step is to use a budget calculator to figure out how much everything will cost.
Tweak with the budget until you arrive at your target, and don’t be afraid to spend a little extra if it’s something you both dream of.
Cut Costs Without Cutting Quality
There are many ways to cut costs and still remain classy. For example, you can consider affordable wedding invitations online as a cheaper alternative to expensive stationery.
You can also opt for individual mini-cakes for each spouse and each table.
Not only does this save money, but it also makes for a good centerpiece for the guests.
Choose a Less Detailed Theme
The most expensive weddings are those that require a lot of details and accessories.
While autumn or storybook-themed weddings might sound wonderful, such ceremonies are budget busters. Consider something more minimalist.
All-white backdrops or white with a single accent color are a good idea.
You can also use fewer flowers than you’d expect since even a single flower on a table can create the drama you’re looking for.
Schedule Automatic Bank Transfers
A good way to set money aside for your wedding budget is to arrange an automatic transfer with your bank each pay period.
This way, a certain percentage of your paycheck will go into your savings account, which you can withdraw later on to cover wedding expenses.
It also wouldn’t hurt to find a bank with higher interest rates on their savings accounts.
Think Twice About That Planner
Even though hiring a wedding planner to oversee the minute details is a good investment, you may want to eschew one if you’re on a particularly lean budget.
All of that money would be better spent on planning the wedding yourself.
Even so, you can consider hiring a planner just for the day itself, which is a cheaper option that lets you enjoy your special day.
Set Up a Honeymoon Fund
Although you should pay a good amount of honeymoon funds yourself, you can actually set up a honeymoon fund for your wedding guests to contribute to your trip.
This can be set up in lieu of or alongside a gift registry, and you can show your guests just what you want out of your trip.
Once you follow these tips, they’ll take a lot of stress out of the wedding planning process. All you’ll need to do is sit back and enjoy the big day.