This article has some great suggestions for engaged couples looking to save money on their wedding. Like, ‘Don’t Get Married On A Saturday’ – a great way to save or ‘Pay In Cash’ – some businesses give cash discounts. It also has some that will work for some couples but not others. For example ‘Curate a playlist instead of hiring a DJ. If dancing isn’t an important element of your wedding, it’s a fine idea. If dancing is important, it’s a terrible idea. There’s more to getting guests to dance than just the music and a playlist – ask any music expert. How about ‘Consider Non-Traditional Wedding Attire’? If your dress isn’t super important, it’s a great way to save. If on the other hand, you always dreamed about your wedding dress then this is not a good way for you to save money. Here’s a good rule of thumb. If it’s not important to you, save. If it’s important, splurge – or at least don’t pick based on the lowest price. Check out more ways you can save and use the ones that fit your style!
10 Ways to Save Money On Your Wedding, According To Real Couples
Originally published on November 20, 2017 by Yvette Manes for the Insider
You don’t have to go broke to get married.
You have the ring and you’ve chosen a date. Now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty in your wedding planning – the budget.
According to The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings Study, the average cost of a wedding in the US is $35,329. If you don’t happen to have an extra $35K lying around, you’ll want to keep reading for some great advice from Reddit (aka: Weddit), by real people who were able to save a ton of dough planning their big day.
Email your save the dates
Save paper and money
Instead of ordering cards and spending money on stamps, many engaged couples are opting for electronic save the dates.
Redditor Squeaksy wrote, “We did Paperless Post for our Save the Dates … the read receipts were awesome and helpful and so user friendly … Even our 90-year-old grandparents seemed to have no issues. And it was completely free if you choose the right template!”
Consider non-traditional wedding attire
This can really cut down on costs
Research by The Knot found that in 2016, brides in the US spent an average of $1564 on their wedding gown, and grooms spent about $280 for their own wedding attire and accessories. But, not all wedding couples are willing to break the bank at the bridal shop.
“We don’t really have a tight budget for our wedding, but I would like to spend that money on something more practical (like a house). I just cannot justify spending loads of money on a dress I wear once!” wrote Redditor kaweenpotato.
Budget-savvy couples have gotten creative by choosing non-traditional apparel, searching unexpected retail stores, and shopping secondhand.
There are certainly some great ideas on ways to save money. Take time to review them and see if they fit your budget. If they do, save away! See all 10 Ways to Save Money On Your Wedding, According to Real Couples