Gorgeous flowers, stretched limos parked by valets, a lavish reception, and hundreds of guests come to celebrate you and you’re newly-minted spouse. This must be your dream wedding… Now, wake up! — as those big, toffee-nosed weddings cost money.
There are ways to achieve an affordable dream wedding and start your marriage on the right foot. You can do it just as easily on a budget and you won’t end up with huge debts, which can be a source of lingering worry or concern.
Also, any excess from your wedding budget can be allocated to a nicer honeymoon or a deposit on your own family home.
The estimated cost of an average wedding is around $36,200. If you don’t have some savings, you may resort to borrowing most of the costs — either from parents or family, or a credit card.
Start a savings plan as soon as you can. You and your fiance should put aside cash into an allocated savings account, before expenses begin to mount up.
As you may need a quick access to your money to pay for deposits on the bridal cars, or church, or reception hall, you don’t want to lock it away for too long.
Consider thoughtfully what aspects of your wedding have the highest priority in terms of funding allocation. It’s your wedding so it’s up to you what’s more important. Reception? Flowers? Photographer?
Allocate more funds towards the essentials and reduce a little less on the others.
You have to create a budget based on your own estimated savings levels and on the cost of your main priorities, as listed above.
Break down what to spend on what areas. Make a point to stick to your allocated budget.
You can ask someone you know to create a wonderful wedding cake, which serves as a wedding gift from the person. You can also enlist family and close friends to help you create your own gifts, or bomboniere, as wedding giveaway.
Florists, bridal stores, caterers, limousine companies, and reception halls would always want to do business with you, so learn how to negotiate. Always remember that you are the customer.
Inform them you’re shopping around to find good deals and ask quotes. When they know there’s competition for your business, the prices will start to go down.
You can buy your dress ‘off the rack’ if you’re on a budget, instead of paying for a designer dress.
Or, buy a formal dress or bridesmaid dress in white or ivory. Once they’re dressed up with a veil and a lovely bouquet, these can work very well as a stylish wedding dress.
If you’re planning your wedding, Quickle offers access to funds up to $2000. Regardless of your credit history, Quickle reviews and considers all applications and strives to provide a loan suited to your needs.