Wedding are often magical events, for the bride and groom, for the families of the bride and groom, and your guests. Most women (and some men) have their dream wedding all planned out, and using Pinterest is a great way to collect ideas. However, according to The Knot, a wedding website, in 2017 the average cost of a wedding was $33,391, which is far over budget for many couples and their families.
If you’re looking to stay within your budget and still have a beautiful wedding, we have some creative tips to make that happen. We also encourage our members who are planning a wedding to drop by one of our branches, and see if a personal loan would fit your plans and budget.
- Plan your wedding date with your budget in mind. Generally speaking, what’s known as ‘wedding season’ falls from April to June or July, because the weather is nicer and spring-themed weddings are very popular. Naturally, vendors (such as caterers, DJs, photographers, and venues] can afford to raise their prices during wedding season, and what’s more, vendors may be harder to book for those months. So why not choose an off-season month? You can save even more by choosing a day like Friday or Sunday, as vendors and venues may be able to negotiate a cost for choosing for an off-peak day.
- Go with a familiar family-style dinner instead of a expensive caterer. Consider deciding on a caterer who makes family-style meals instead of a three-course dinner. Oftentimes, choosing an Italian restaurant can be less expensive, as many Italian restaurants allow you to order large family-style dishes. If you have family or friends who love to cook and are willing step up to feed your guests, even better. Family-style Italian meals are both an inexpensive and comfortable way to impress your guests with delicious comfort food. Also, you can cut back on alcohol costs by only serving beer and wine.
Get creative with the sweets. Traditional wedding cakes are expensive; sometimes even a small-tiered cake can cost hundreds of dollars. Instead of going that route, you can save a lot of money with cake pops, cupcakes (which are easy to make at home, even in larger quantities), mason jar pies, or a candy bar where guests can load up a bag with plenty of sweet treats.