Outside of buying a house or a car, your wedding is one of the most expensive things that you will ever have to pay for. The reason for this is that you want the very best for your special day, and the vendors know that you are willing to pay a premium price to get exactly what you want, so they will charge you extra. Planning a wedding does not have to be all about spending more money than you can afford, and there are plenty of ways that you will be able to save money when you plan your wedding. To start saving money, the first thing you need to do is learn how to say “no”.
“No, we do not need more guests”
Every guest that you invite to your wedding will incur an additional charge, whether it be because you need an extra seat or because you have to pay for an extra plate of food. This is the point at which you have to be your most strict. Sit down with your partner and plan out the people that you really want to come to your wedding and make a list. You might consider asking your parents and your partner’s parents for some additional names, but there is no reason to invite your fourth cousin on your mother’s side just to make her happy. The smaller you keep the numbers, the more intimate your wedding and reception will be and the more fun you will have on your special day.
“No, I do not need a designer dress”
Your wedding dress should be a dress that you love and one that you will cherish for a long time to come, but that does not mean that you should have to pay name brand prices for the dress of your dreams. Modern dress designs are copied all the time, and you can find a knock-off version of your ideal dress, if you are willing to look for it. The internet is a fabulous resource to find these dresses, and all you need to know is the style and the name of the designer and you can find a knock-off in just minutes. You can save even more money if you are willing to wear a used dress, but even very nice dresses can be affordable if you look hard enough and buy them when they are on sale. On your wedding day no one is going to be looking at the tag on your dress, they are only going to be seeing how good you look in it.
“No, we do not need floral arrangements on every table”
This statement is about more than just table arrangements and should extend to your decorations in general. When you decorate your venue for the ceremony and the reception, you do not need to have the entire room covered in flowers or designs. A few simple flower arrangements near the bride and groom, as well as some subtle decoration in the reception area are more than enough for most people. Over decorating your wedding can cost you thousands of dollars, and remember that those flowers are just going to be thrown out once the day is over. Spend your money on things that will last a lot longer, like your dress or the photos that you have taken, even the music for the reception, and do not waste money on things that will be garbage by the end of the night.
Your wedding is something that can spin out of control and drain your finances now and in the future if you are not careful. You should do everything that you can to save money on your wedding, while still allowing yourself to have the kinds of things that you want for your very special day.
I am Rosa Roberts, and I wrote this article as a woman who has helped her three daughters plan their weddings on tight budgets. I suggested that each of them go to the Minneapolis wedding expo to get ideas and price the items that they need for their weddings, and each of them was able to have a beautiful ceremony and a fantastic reception. I strongly encourage you to go to www.weddingfairmn.com to register for the upcoming wedding expo so you can see all that Minneapolis has to offer couples getting married.