Based on current data, the average cost for a wedding in the United States is $25,200. That is a pretty big number, but do not let that figure scare you away if you have dreams of getting married and paying for your wedding on your own. A wedding is only as expensive as you make it and there are several ways that you can go about planning your wedding so that you are not breaking the bank or sacrificing your honeymoon. In this three part series, we’re going to discuss several tips and ideas that will help you have the wedding of your dreams, just at a fraction of the cost.
The best way to have a cost effective wedding is getting focused right from the start. You have to get into a money saving mindset and start making decisions that will not only save you money and time, but also meet your other needs as well. After you figure out the time of the year you want to get married, you have to settle on your wedding venue. The wedding venue cost can be one of the most money draining elements to your wedding budget so you will have to figure out what is important to you. You can get married almost anywhere these days, so do your research and you might find an awesome venue that’s only a few hundred dollars.
Start your search by looking at the smaller surrounding towns, and avoid the big cities like the plague if you want to save money. Everything is more expensive in the city, so consider getting married in the suburbs. You can potentially save tens of thousands of dollars by moving just an hour outside the bigger cities.
Also, try to avoid getting married on Saturday. It’s no surprise that Saturday is the most common day to get married on. It is just so convenient, and to get all of the other conveniences, vendors will make you pay a premium. Venue prices can be 50% more on Saturday, compared to Friday and Sunday.
You should also look into nontraditional venues. Get creative and look at places that are considered outside the box, or places that might not host a lot of weddings. These places may offer very reasonable prices, and you just might fall in love with something really out of the ordinary. Check out all of the local parks, quaint bed & breakfasts, or even your local art galleries for some inspiration.
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