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7 Budget Wedding Hacks Before You Say “I Do”

Wedding

Your wedding is the best day in the history of time. So, it’s understandable that you want it to be perfect. But that doesn’t mean it has to be super stressful or super expensive.  The pressure is real, but there wedding hacks that won’t stress you out and also help you save money.  These hacks and wedding planning tips can help you to make your big day sail smoothly. Promise.

1. Set a Budget as Soon as You Get Engaged

Your wedding planning should begin with you setting a wedding budget. Consider these things while setting the budget:

Once you decide on the budget, then create a list of what you want to spend on and how much. Without a budget and a clear understanding of how you’ll be using your money, you may end up spending on things you don’t need, want or will never use.

2. Set Aside Money for Unexpected Costs

You may have planned your wedding budget with extreme caution. But unexpected expenses can hit you any time. So, keep some funds aside for these last-minute surprises. A personal line of credit for marriage expenses can also help you to get through unexpected last minute expenses without a hitch.

3. Keep Your Floral Cost Low

Flowers play an important role in a wedding, but they are pricey. The best way to make flowers work with your budget is to keep their cost low. Some ways you can cut your floral cost are as follows:

  • Order flowers from your local grocery store instead of fancy florists.
  • Make your own bouquet.
  • Choose seasonal blooms.

4. Consider an External Caterer

So, your wedding venue has in-house catering, but does it work with your budget? Is the food up to the taste you desire? If not, then check whether your venue allows external catering. Most venues, won’t, but it’s still worth a try.

5. Streamline Your RSVPs

Technology has made weddings a less stressful affair, especially with following up with RSVPs. Do you know you can now employ an online tracking system to follow up with guests and send reminders to them on your behalf? That’s a huge load off your shoulder, isn’t it?

6. Consider Renting

The major share of your money goes into buying wedding dresses, which are usually a one-time thing. You can reduce this big expense if you decide to rent.   

Also, if the rent of wedding places you explored isn’t working well with your budget, consider hiring a home from online hospitality providers like Airbnb. You’ll get a wedding venue, a place to get ready, a kitchen to cook, and a place for your family to stay the night before the wedding. Isn’t that a genius money-saving hack?

7. Go Digital

If the cost of printing wedding invitations stresses you out, consider digital printing. It is a less expensive option to engraving or using letterpress and looks lovely too.  Finally, the most important hack to plan a stress free wedding is to remember what’s important. You may overshoot your budget, and you may also experience stress, but what you need to understand is the importance of this celebration of love that you share with your partner. Hold on to this thought, and you’ll sail through your wedding without the stress and with a little more money saved.

Shiv Nanda

Written by Shiv Nanda

Shiv Nanda is a financial analyst who currently lives in Bangalore (refusing to acknowledge the name change) and works with MoneyTap. Shiv is a true finance geek, and his friends love that. They always rely on him for advice on their investment choices, budgeting skills, personal financial matters and when they want to get a loan. He has made it his life's mission to help and educate people on various financial topics, so email him your questions at shiv@moneytap.com.

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