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Tips & Ideas For Preparing Your Wedding Budget

In the old days, it was always the responsibility of the father of the bride to pay for the wedding. Today, with families scattered and many people marrying multiple times or marrying later in life, this is rarely the case. Today, more and more couples are simply shouldering the cost of the wedding themselves.

Preparing your wedding budget is one of the most important aspects of your wedding. Weddings in the United States can cost well over $20,000 – even with the best of planning. The areas of expense of a typical wedding consist of:

  • Invitations & Postage
  • Decorations & Flowers
  • Music & Photography
  • Gown & Tux
  • Reception

It’s easy to see that, if you don’t take great care in making budget-wise choices and planning each step of this important event, you could end up spending a significant portion of your married life struggling to pay for your wedding. Instead, begin planning early to be able to pay for your wedding with ease.

To avoid going into debt, it’s a good idea to spend some time preparing your wedding budget well in advance. To start off on the right foot, be sure to set aside some time to discuss the wedding expenses with your beloved. Create a wish list together that includes the features that are important to you together and separately. Do a little research to determine the costs of the features you desire and determine how you will gather the money to pay for them.

Set up a savings plan and agree upon the amount each of you will contribute. During the time between now and your wedding day, practice frugality, and don’t be shy about telling your friends and relations what you are doing and why. If you are asked to go on a trip, go out to an expensive dinner, etc., graciously decline because you are saving for your wedding.

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Many brides choose to make their own wedding programs to save money. While this can be cost effective, it’s crucial to throughly proof the documents before you select the print button on your computer. Also, after you’ve seen something many times, all the words start to run together. Having two or three other people read the programs will catch any mistakes you missed. Although it might seem like a waste of time, it will keep your guests from thinking your mother’s name is Harry Smith instead of her actual name, Marry Smith.

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Many brides might feel it’s silly to mail out save the date cards. Others probably think this gesture is also a waste of money. However, in our super busy world where people have their calendar planned out at least six months in advance, it would be wise to give your future guests a heads up about your big day. So many options are now available where you could even print your own or purchase predesigned stock and  just add the names, date and location. Online vendors also offer inexpensive ways to produce save the date cards. Whatever method you choose, the little bit of time and money spent will be worth it when you don’t wind up with half of your guests not being able to attend because of prior commitments.

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Getting married is always stressful, but planning a wedding in a few weeks or even a month is almost impossible. However, whether a military bride or groom has to be shipped off right away, a special loved one is very ill, a family emergency has arisen, or any other reason forces fast nuptials, it’s important to remain calm and reasonable. Lowering expectations for a quickly planned wedding is a must. Asking friends and loved ones to be in charge of certain tasks also lessons the burden.

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Here’s a simple way to light your ceremony or reception that we think is perfect for holiday weddings: canning jars! This is a DIY project you can do in a snap. Wash and dry jars, tie a coordinating ribbon around the neck, and put your votive or tea light inside. Add a little water to keep the wax from sticking to the jar. You could use these just about anywhere: table centerpieces, ceremony lighting, along pathways … you name it!

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If you’ve ever been a bridesmaid, you’ve probably heard this line (or some variation of it): “You can totally wear this again!” Brides have your best interests at heart, and for the most part, they really are trying to find you a gown that won’t end up collecting dust in your closet. But if you’re not so sure how you’ll wear your dress again, take heart. From belts, to hemming, to ripping the dress apart altogether, the folks at Aisle Dash have some great tips for getting more out of your bridesmaid dress. See the video here.

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Wrap It Up

‘Tis the season for gift wrapping, and once you’ve gotten your holiday gifts tied up with a bow, it might be time to start thinking about the favors you’re going to give at your wedding. Not sure how to package them? Look no further than Martha Stewart Weddings for inspiration, especially if you’re going green or using green in your color scheme. There are even how to’s for some of the ideas!

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