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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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 Some might think that fake flowers are an easy no brainer when it comes to cutting some big bucks from the wedding budget. However, deciding against real floral has some consequences. The biggest difference is you won’t be able to smell the aroma of the bouquets and decorations when you walk into the church if you use plastic flowers. Also, fake ones typically don’t come in near as many types and colors as real flowers. Your choices are definitely limited. So when thinking about ditching the fresh flowers that will be thrown out right after the ceremony, consider getting them from a farmers’ market and donating them the next day to save money and lengthen their use.

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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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No bride can truly enjoy her moment if she’s also having to also serve as the wedding coordinator. Take advantage of our partnership with Just Magical Events and get 10% off the day of your ceremony coordination services. Their mission is to alleviate as much stress as possible by saving time, stress, heartache, and worry. They also have relationships with many vendors who might offer discounts. Check out http://www.justmagicalevents.com/

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If you’re looking for a breathtaking location for your upcoming wedding, take advantage of the Swan Point Yacht & Country Club discount through Southern Maryland Weddings. Accommodating up to 150 guests, this facility offers gorgeous natural settings of lakes, woods and wildlife as well as a stunning ball room for receptions. The chef at Swan Point has won awards for his delicacies. So your guests are sure to savor the meal as well as the memories. Visit http://www.somdweddings.com/vendor_details.php?vid=346 for more details and to find out how you can save 10% off the wedding of your dreams.

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… and cut it, too! Some caterers or reception facilities will charge a cake-cutting fee, especially if you bring in your own cake. If you want to save the fee, task someone in your circle with cutting the cake. They might not be sure where to start, so direct them to this helpful page from the folks at Better Homes & Gardens and Wilton. Not only will your cake be beautiful and delicious, it will get cut properly, too!

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Free label templates

If a DIY wedding is your style, you’ll love these free wedding label templates from WorldLabel.com. Each set has several sizes of label, including address labels, favor labels, thank you cards, CD labels, and wine bottle labels. There are three pages of designs (page 1, 2, 3), so you’re sure to find something that fits your day! Download the PDF for the set you like to get started. (via DIY Bride)

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