Planning a Wedding in Todayís Economy
May 10th, 2012, by Christine Beswick
When it comes to planning a wedding and engagement, todayís economy likely has you cringing at the very thought. It is no secret that engagement rings and weddings themselves are expensive processes. Remember that you are about to begin the rest of your life with the person that you love, and this should not be a stressful time for you! We are here to help make this the most exciting and most affordable time of your life. There are ways to plan the engagement and wedding of your dream, even in todayís tough economy. Donít let it get you down, and follow some of our handy budget friendly tips.
Your first big ticket item is going to be the ring itself. Cheap diamond rings today can be purchased or designed online, on a budget. Online shopping for diamond rings is the hottest trend today, and it is much more affordable than you think! You may even be able to save some money by combining your engagement and wedding rings in one purchase, and get your wedding rings for cheap at the same time. Many times having these ticket items off of your list will not only save you money, but time down the road as well giving you one less thing to do in preparation for your big day.
Now you have chosen the ring, and you are ready to start planning the big day. She has said yes, the date has been set, you know your budget or at least have an idea of how big or small you want the day to be.
Letís talk the wedding reception itself. This is where you are going to spend at least 50% of your wedding budget. You will be wining and dining the masses here, and this is where your costs will be highest. Because most venues charge by the head, or by the person or plate, you can cut costs by keeping your affair small. You donít really need to have 200 people there, unless someone else that wants all of those people there is footing the bill. If you want something extravagant and elegant, you can still do that by offering a more intimate affair with only your nearest and dearest at heart present.
Other ways to cut costs here are to consider the different options when it comes to alcohol. Consumption bars are a cost friendly way to do this, or only having an open bar for one or two hours of your reception is a nice way to be a good host, without having to pay for the drunken festivities of 200 people you donít even know that well.
Gifts and favors are another big ticket item for any wedding. Here you essentially buy a gift or favor for everyone that attends your wedding, in addition to gifts for your bridal party for being there for you. If you start calculating even $10 per head for this, the cost can be huge. What many budget savvy couples are doing today is donating money to a charity for all of their guests, and giving their guests cards or thank you tokens at the wedding itself. This allows you to control the funds, without going overboard.
These are just a few ideas to get you started on the road to a budget friendly wedding. Remember, you donít need to break the bank to celebrate your big day. Join our wedding forums and Facebook applications to get more economical ideas, or drop some suggestions in the comments for our readers!