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If money’s tight, planning your wedding can get really frustrating. As long as you’re willing to prioritize what’s really important to you, there are a few ways to keep your costs low. Check out this article to learn more.

Your wedding is supposed to be a magical day. If you’re not careful, however, your fairytale wedding may end up costing much more than you initially anticipated. According to Statistic Brain, the average cost of a wedding is $28,082. So why not keep some of that money for a memorable honeymoon instead?

We’re not suggesting that you book a date at city hall and get it over with. You can have your dream wedding at a much lower costs if you simply make an effort to cut back on certain expenses. Start by analyzing your priorities. Maybe you don’t care that much about the venue, but you definitely need that princess dress you’ve had your eye on for years. Or maybe the dress isn’t as important as hiring a quality band to sing at the ceremony. Once you’ve figured out what’s important, it will be easier to skimp on everything else. Here are a few tips that will help you reduce your expenses and enjoy a marvelous wedding at the same time.

Trim The Guest List

The simplest way to reduce the cost of a wedding is to keep your guest list small. Remember that the biggest expenses (food and alcohol) are usually calculated on a per-person basis, so maybe you shouldn’t invite your whole office or your cousins you haven’t seen in five years.

Only invite immediate family and close friends to enjoy a more intimate celebration – not to mention you won’t be required to make small talk with people you might not know or particularly like. The wedding should be all about the happy couple, not about certain obligations your parents have to other relatives.

Reduce The Wedding Party

On the same note, having eight bridesmaids and groomsmen may not be the best idea, as there are additional costs associated with a large wedding party, especially is you have to pay for their dresses and tuxedos, bouquets, boutonnieres, and so on.

Limit The Number of Drinks

An open bar can be quite costly, especially if your guests have extravagant preferences when it comes to liquor. In order to keep your expenses lower, limit the number of alcoholic drink choices available. This can seriously shrink the cost of your bar tab, without damaging the party atmosphere. For instance, limit alcohol to wine, beer and maybe one or two hard liquors.

Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Dress

A white cocktail dress can be just as fancy as a wedding dress, with one difference – it will be way less expensive.  If you’re set on a traditional gown, consider renting or borrowing; you’re only going to wear it once.

You can also shop designer or sample sales, which may help you save up to 70-percent or more. Attending annual sales at fancy bridal shops can allow you to snag a pricey dress for a few hundred dollars.

Ask Your Financial Institutions for Perks

Depending on your financial institution, you may be able to exploit certain rewards programs in order to secure additional money to finance your dream wedding. These programs are usually run by smaller financial institutions, like credit unions. Workers’ Credit Union, for instance, permits their customers to earn money by simply banking with them. You can find more at

Get Married Off-Season

A November wedding will be cheaper than a June one, and a reception on Friday will be less expensive than one held on Saturday. According to the BBC, you can save up to 30-percent by getting married on a weekday.

Cupcakes Instead of Cake

A traditional cake may be unforgettable, but it can also be outrageously expensive. Why not switch to cupcakes instead? They’re cheaper and already single-serve, not to mention the fact that you can order a variety of flavors to provide your guests with variety. You can also order a small cake with a bride and groom on top for photo ops.  

Handmade… Everything

When it comes to weddings, doing things yourself can save you plenty of cash, especially if you have a few artsy friends to give you a hand. You can do your own flower arrangements, table settings, makeup and hair. Pinterest can quickly become you best friend when it comes to planning the perfect wedding. What’s great about Pinterest is the fact that, unlike dedicated magazines or websites, the links and pictures posted here aren’t sponsored. Instead, they are pinned by people just like you, looking for bargains and DIY options that can save them some cash. 

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