There’s no doubt that planning a wedding is stressful on a good day, but when you have a very limited budget it can often turn out to be an even more overwhelming experience. It doesn’t have to be, though – understanding your budget can help you plan for an incredible wedding that will not only be memorable, but will guarantee that you don’t overextend your budget to the point where you’re paying off credit cards for years to come. In this article, we take a look at a few simple wedding budget tips to help your day be as incredible as it is stress free
Starting your wedding budget plan
If you’re juggling credit card debt and student loan online services but are still committed to marrying the love of your life, we couldn’t be happier for you. To ensure your first years or marriage don’t involve you being frugal at every turn, the best place to start is by saving early. By planning your wedding a little ways ahead, you can ensure that you have money to spend, rather than money you need to borrow, and you can actively plan what you need for the wedding around this saved money. If it makes it easier, deposit the wedding money in its own bank account to ensure you don’t accidentally dip into it at some stage! With this budget in mind, have a sit down with your partner and discuss a reasonable amount – with both of you on the same page from the beginning, there’ll be far less chance that everything will go pear shaped, as you won’t be spending money on things that don’t fit into the plan. Part of this plan will factor in all of the important stuff that can’t be negotiated – everyone has a very firm understanding of what a wedding should involve, and by you sharing yours with your partner (and vice versa), you’ll be even better prepared.
Don’t get too excited!
If you want to save money with your wedding, you’re not going to be able to invite your uncles second cousin. The guest list is going to need to be very lean, as every person you introduce will often dramatically increase the overall cost of the day. Work out who you need to be there the most – immediate family and close friends, for instance – and perhaps just leave it there. Using a smaller venue can also help with this, as you’ll have less space to fill which will make your wedding feel much bigger than it otherwise would! This scaling also extends to your wedding party, as the more people you have to manage that require special attention, the more of your small budget gets drained – consider the dresses, hair and makeup of six bridesmaids compared to two or three, and this should give you some idea.
Make your wedding special without breaking the bank
Going into debt to have a great wedding is far from necessary – understanding your finances from the start will help you create a fantastic, memorable day that you and your partner can cherish for the rest of your lives. Forget the soulless lavish weddings that’ll leave you in debt for years (or even decades) to come – plan a wedding that is as individual as you are!