Guest Post By: Charles Goodwin
Many people these days know that weddings are expensive. Nonetheless, some of us are used to overspending, and even though future brides might decide on a $5,000 rather than on a $1,000 dress, it’s ok – we’ll just buy a cheaper suit for the groom. Jokes aside, if you want to enjoy the wedding of your dreams and not have to pay up to $30,000 for the whole thing, you must learn to be more frugal. Monitoring expenses and staying more mindful are fundamental aspects you need to take into account as well.
45% of couples today spend a lot more cash on wedding plans than they had planned initially. Only 6% of couples can adhere to a budget, or spend less. A scary number 23% admitted that they don’t even have a budget for their wedding. The good news is there are hacks you can use to make your wedding ceremony special without breaking the bank. Let’s check them out.
Go Frugal on Your Wedding Dress
A bride’s wedding dress is often one of the most expensive things you’ll invest in when planning a wedding. Women can be extremely pretentious; they want their gowns to be perfect even though they might cost ¼ of the whole budget. However when you don’t have a lot of cash to spare, the smartest thing that you can do is rent yours. But then again, not all women want to wear a dress that once was worn by somebody else.
Just because rental gowns have been worn by other women, it doesn’t mean they don’t look good. On the contrary, such rental services invest in overly expensive, fashionable dresses that might cost tens of thousands. Who wouldn’t want to wear an Oscar the la Renta wedding gown? Another option is to ask a close friend to lend you a dress; or you can ask your grandma for her dress and take it to have it fitted and modified according to your own tastes and preferences.
Before deciding on a makeup artist for you and your bridesmaids, you might want to reassess your options and look for more affordable options. It’s very important to wear good-quality make-up on your wedding because your skin has to look flawless nearly 24 hours. Ask around to see whether your friends can help you. You might be able to find an amazing make-up artist that’s just trying to make a reputation. Aspiring beauty experts don’t charge a lot of money; their goal is to do good work and strengthen their reputation.
Planning your own wedding can be excruciating. If you don’t have sound organizational skills, you should step aside and let someone qualified do all the heavy lifting. An excellent idea is to hire locally; this way you can contact potential planners and meet with them in person. Steer clear of hiring people online; you never know who you’re dealing with. If you can’t afford to spend a lot of money on a professional planner, you can ask for help from family and friends. Ask to see who might have the time to help, and then set special tasks for each one. Asking your loved ones for help will give a personal touch to your big day, and everything will be a lot more intimate and discreet.
Wedding venues can be extremely expensive, not to mention that if you want to even have a shot at renting your dream location, you have to make reservations in advance. A smart move might be to rent a place in the off-season, or set a date for your wedding in the off-season. Most people want to get married when it’s all nice and warm outside. But if you choose a nice traditional cottage someplace in the mountains, you won’t even care that it’s raining or snowing. Closed halls and ballrooms are extremely popular these days. But then again most people want to get hitched somewhere outside, such as a cottage in Suffolk.
Beach weddings are extremely popular, too. What’s great about a beach wedding is that it doesn’t cost a fortune to rent; in certain areas getting married on the beach can be free of charge if you rent the restaurant standing on that coastline.