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8 Quick Wedding Ideas to Save You Time and Money

May 17, 2019

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It's no secret that weddings are an expensive life event that can cause major stress between couples and even entire families. On average, most couples spend up to $34,000 on their wedding, according to a 2017 study.

This is a huge amount of money to shell out for one day, albeit your wedding day. For most couples, this amount may seem worth it, for others, it's simply not an even an option. 

It's important to find a happy medium when it comes to your wedding budget. After all, paying off wedding debt for years to come is just not ideal. 

Here are 8 quick wedding ideas to help you save on your big day spending! 

8 Quick Wedding Ideas to Save Your Budget 

Wedding stress is real, and for the most part, this stress is centered on money.

Once the planning kicks off, you'll soon begin to realize how expensive wedding planning can be. But it all honesty, the cost of your wedding shouldn't plunge you into years of bad debt. 

In the beginning, drawing up a budget may feel completely overwhelming. What do you prioritize first? How do you keep up with event trends without completely blowing your budget from the start?

The first thing you and your partner need to do before you begin buying, booking and planning is to sit down and openly discuss your budget. Prioritize the big things first, then slot in smaller wedding items according to what's left of your budget.

Here are a few more handy tips on how to cut down on your expenses... 

1. Purchase Pre-Used Wedding Decor and Sell After

Up-cycling is a huge trend taking the world by storm, and none more so than in the industry of weddings. Save a huge chunk of money by purchasing pre-used wedding decor, then re-selling it after your wedding, making a little money back where you can. 

Start by browsing sites such as Facebook Marketplace for tabletop decor, accent furniture, draping, seating, and other unique pieces you're looking for. But make sure you begin your search early enough in order to secure the pieces your heart desires. 

2. Don't Shy Away From a Personal Loan 

There's absolutely nothing wrong with securing a financial step-up in the form of a personal loan when it comes to your wedding. This means you won't have to sacrifice a beautiful venue or skimp on food and drink. 

Instead, you'll be able to have the wedding day you've always dreamed of and a loan amount you can simply pay back monthly, without feeling financially overwhelmed. 

The loan doesn't have to be an exorbitant amount either, but simply enough to cover a major expense such as your wedding venue cost. This means you'll be able to pay it off quicker, too. 

3. Go For Budget-Friendly Florals 

Modern-day weddings tend to feature a bounty of expensive florals- from over-the-top centerpieces to flowers walls, and more. But the bottom line is, flowers cost a fortune, especially when used in excess.

However, there's no need to skimp on your floral arrangements, just keep in mind which flowers to choose to suit your budget. This may mean forgoing expensive roses for budget-friendly peonies instead.

Chat to your local growers and florists who will have a good knowledge of what's in season and which flowers will suit your budget. It's wise to allocate at least 10% of your overall budget to florals. 

4. Host a Mid-Morning Wedding 

Back in the 19th century, the mid-morning wedding was very popular- far more so than it is today. So why not switch things up a bit and spin a little old-world charm on your big day by hosting a brunch wedding? 

This could end up saving you huge amounts on your budget as typically dinner catered weddings range from $30-$100 per person. On the other hand, brunch catered weddings range from just $20-$25 per head! 

Also, who doesn't love a good mimosa and eggs benedict for brunch? 

5. Secure Your Wedding Venue Early

This is super important! Wedding venues make it their mission to fill up their calendars well in advance, so it's a top priority to book your venue as early as possible. And no, 12-18 months in advance is not ''too early''...

To add to this, most venues offer discounted prices if you make a booking early on, so this is yet another great way to save at least a few hundred dollars on your budget. 

6. Have Hair and Makeup Done In-House

Call-out fees for hair stylists and makeup artists can really add up, especially if your wedding is taking place well out-of-town. Some professionals charge by the hour or the person too, so this can quickly chew into your budget if you have a large bridal party. 

It may worth booking out your local salon for the morning and having your hair and makeup done ''in-house'', instead of paying a fortune in call-out fees!  

7. Carefully Consider Food and Drink Choices

Aside from your venue, wedding catering is probably the second-most expensive item to cut into your budget. That's why it's important to look at the bigger picture and carefully consider the food and drink you choose. 

Instead of fancy and expensive appetizers, a simple sharing platter of cheese and fruit paired with wine is a great replacement. 

Forgo the open bar - most guests understand that weddings are expensive and an open bar just isn't realistic with a tight budget. Look at less expensive meats such as chicken and fish dishes, as this will also help to manage your dinner budget. 

8. Downsize Your Wedding Party

Just like creating your guest list, a wedding party list is equally stressful. But nowadays the trend is to forgo an extended wedding party and keep it simple - and far less expensive! 

This is not to say you can't include a maid-of-honor or best man, but instead of 6 extra bridesmaids and groomsman, scale it back to three, or less! 

On average, a couple spends $250-$500 on wedding party gifts, makeup, flowers, etc. If you're scaling your wedding party back, you can save big time... 

Looking For Christian Inspiration? 

With these uncomplicated, quick wedding ideas, we hope you manage to plan the wedding you and your partner truly deserve. 

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