Brides on a Budget
Traditionally, June is the month for weddings. The Association for Wedding Professionals International estimates that the average wedding in 2008 cost between $21,000 and $24,000.
After suffering a 32.9 percent drop in market value over the last two years, from $62.8 billion in 2007 to $42.1 billion in 2009, The Wedding Report website projects U.S. wedding spending will inch two percent higher this year.
If you need to keep expenses under control, consider these tips when planning your special day.
- Skip the busy season. Most weddings take place in the summer and early fall. You can save money by booking the nuptials off-season.
- Pick the right time. The most popular, sought-after, and expensive day and time for a wedding is Saturday evening. Booking your wedding during the daytime will put less of a strain on your finances, leaving more for the honeymoon.
- Don’t go overboard on flowers. Select flowers that are in season. Colorful flowers are lovely, but you want your guests’ attention to be on the bride and groom rather than a flower arrangement.