Have a Memorable Wedding Without Spending a Fortune
You can almost hear wedding bells in the spring — a popular time for young couples to begin planning their nuptials. You may also hear the ka-ching of the cash register quite often if you’re the one footing the bill. According to Brides magazine, the average cost of a wedding today is close to $20,000. Other sources have the average pushing $30,000.
Today, many couples are waiting longer to marry than their counterparts 15 years ago. The average bride and groom are in their late twenties, and about one-third of them are footing the bill themselves, rather than depending on Mom and Dad. We encourage these young couples to resist the urge to spend lavishly on the wedding, if it means going into debt to do it. You don’t have to opt for the no-frills Las Vegas option (although that’s becoming an increasingly popular choice) to have a great wedding that will give you fond memories for years. Consider these money-saving tips from various financial and wedding experts:
- Hold a “destination wedding,” which involves the entire party traveling to a special location for the celebration. Couples spend, on average, 41 percent less on their receptions than those who have a traditional church wedding, according to an “American Weddings” survey conducted by The Fairchild Bridal Group.
- Shop at vintage or consignment stores for the wedding dress, or have your mother’s dress altered to fit you.
- Call on creative friends and relatives to help you make your own invitations, decorations, place cards, thank you cards, and even your veil.
- Buy silk flowers and make your own bridal arrangements.
- Have a morning wedding. Expenses for food, transportation and hall rentals tend to be lower at that time of day.
- Avoid Saturdays and the month of June, popular times when couples are often charged more.
- Make the most of gift registries by registering for necessities such as everyday dishes and a bathroom scale, rather than expensive luxuries.