The average cost of a wedding in 2015 was around $30,000. This is obviously a large amount but this is number is only an average. A lot of couples would actually spend significantly higher than that. Unsurprisingly, this is the highest wedding average budget every recorded.
While most couples would agree that you can’t really put a price to a wedding because of how important and special it is to your life, you still need to consider the price. No matter what your friends or relatives will tell you, an extravagant wedding is simply not practical in today’s world. It’s worth remembering that your wedding will only take place in one day – are you really willing to spend that much in one day? If your answer is yes, then there’s no swaying you. If you seriously think that the happiness and satisfaction you will get from an extravagant wedding is worth the price, then you go for it. This is not a knock to big wedding spenders but simply a reminder for the average couples looking for an opinion regarding their wedding budget.
Now, that I’ve voiced out my concerns, I will give you some helpful tips in keeping your wedding cheap and budget-friendly.
Keep it small
I know a lot of couples who loved the idea of a big wedding at first but as soon as they get an estimate of the cost, they quickly change their minds. In wedding planning, this is a normal occurrence. If the wedding couple wants to cut a significant portion of their budget, the wedding planner’s first suggestion would be to cut their guest list. Only inviting your closest family and friends would cut the wedding significantly. This would equate to less food, smaller venue, less decorations, less setup, and more. As tempting as it is to invite a huge amount of guests, you need to consider its financial repercussions.
In addition, a small wedding would mean less stress. You are in no pressure to please everybody and you will end up enjoying the wedding more. Many couples have expressed after their wedding that they should’ve settled with a smaller guest list. This would allow them to make their wedding their own and not a socializing event for people you barely even know.
The site of your reception matters
Country clubs and hotels are probably the most expensive places to have a reception. They are popular because they are traditional and everyone expects your reception to be there. If you want to make the wedding truly unique while cutting costs, you need to think outside the box. Hotels and country clubs are not the only places that you can rent for your wedding. You can get married on a state park, restaurant, hotel using discount, and more. There are plenty of choices for you.
Settle for the cheaper options
If you are trying to cut your wedding expenses but finding it hard to do so, you may need to cut cost across all of your wedding expenses. Try settling for a new photographer to get a favorable rate. Use fake flowers instead of real ones. Ask your friend to do the live music or DJ’ing. Make your own invitations. Obviously, you can cut cost in anything wedding-related. As long as you’re happy with your decision, that is ok.
Remember that wedding is for you and your spouse. You don’t need to please everyone to have a lovely wedding. As long as the wedding stays true to your characters as a couple, it will be the best day of your life.