Let’s face the fact that the economy is still unstable but planning a budget wedding can go a long way to help bring some of that stability back to your bank account. Weddings can cost a lot of money and saving some of it can better be used in other ways for your future.
Budgeting seems to be the “buzz” word these last few years and a lot more people are taking the time it takes to get their finances in order now so that they can retire in time to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Sadly to say, however, is that there are still many couples who refrain from planning their wedding by budgeting their expenses. The reasons, or excuses, for neglecting to plan a budget wedding for themselves are unique and probably ridiculous for each individual.
By the time they realize that planning a wedding is expensive and that they may not be able to afford to get married the way they want, they end up making sacrifices they do not want to make. Once realized, they may not even know where or how to start planning a wedding on a budget and they end up scrambling for help and extra time.
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Assuming that all involved parties have their apparel in order, one major point you need to consider when budgeting for wedding expenses is the number of guests that will be attending the reception.
The more people present means more money needs to be spent on food, drink and other accessories…such as a larger wedding cake. By calculating how much each meal and/or alcohol each guest will cost, you can figure out how much you need to spend.
Another consideration to take into account when planning a budget wedding is the location of the wedding itself. If it will be held at your great uncle’s huge back yard you will save a lot of money. If the reception is held in a church basement, for instance, the costs can be significant. In fact it can be one of the most expensive parts of the wedding.
You should also determine whether or not any alcohol to be served is to be included as part of the cost of the wedding or if the guest will pay on their own.
Also, don’t forget the FLOWERS! Flowers are not cheap, unless you want to pick some dandelions from your yard (not recommended AT ALL). Flowers are live plants that need constant care, not to mention the transporation needed from where they were harvested.
You may be able to save some money by buying flowers that are in season at the time. When my cousin got married last September, sunflowers were huge at the time.
Besides the type of flowers, also take into account the number and arrangement of the flowers needed for the wedding. If the wedding is small, you don’t need as many flowers. You need to balance what your flower needs are to where the wedding and reception will be held.
Planning wedding on a budget does not have to be that hard. The more time you have, the easier it will be to plan for needed expenses without worrying about overspending.
Planning a budget wedding by getting your major expenses out of the way first, will make it easier and more affordable to use the extra savings on other wedding favors or to just pocket the money for your honeymoon instead.