Save Money with a Las Vegas Wedding

For most people, the words “Las Vegas Wedding” conjure up images of eloping couples speeding through the desert to get married without anyone knowing, or weddings that aren’t even remembered until a sobering realization the next morning. However, these two scenarios are simply unfortunate stereotypes. Las Vegas is actually a great city to be married in and can provide a terrific backdrop for your wedding.

When you start planning ahead for your Las Vegas wedding, you may be surprised by the many perks this city offers. You can even save money on a wedding in this big-spender city – but only if you know what you’re looking for. The following are a few tips to help you throw a fabulous wedding event, for much less money than you might expect.

Plan Ahead – While many people do go to Las Vegas at the last minute to marry, it’s best to plan ahead. In fact, you can see significant savings in both lodging and travel costs with just a couple of weeks advance notice.

Vacation Packages – Las Vegas is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the United States, and you can find many vacation packages that offer either free airfare or lodging if you book through a certain business. Most of these packages are for three nights stay or more, so you’ll have a chance to stay and explore the city after the main event. You can also find plenty of travel sites online that offer Las Vegas wedding packages at a reduced rate.

Weekday Weddings – Most of the wedding chapels in Las Vegas offer lower rates during the week. Avoid the holidays as well if you want to get a hold of the lowest rates.

A La Carte Weddings – Most Las Vegas wedding chapels offer complete wedding services, including photography, flower arrangements, gift sets, and videography. However, these packages can run many times more than a basic wedding service. Choose just the chapel rental and pass on the extras they try to sell you. However, if you’re thinking about bringing in your own flowers or having a friend to take the pictures, make sure you check with the chapel first. Many do not allow flowers to be brought in or any outside cameras or video equipment.

Rent Your Gown – Many wedding chapels have either their own rental centers or access to other rental centers that can offer you a great selection of both wedding gowns and men’s tuxedos. You may be surprised to find out how much money you can save by renting instead of buying your wedding attire.

Transportation – You’ll be happy to find out that most wedding chapels offer transportation to and from the marriage bureau to pick up your marriage license. Some will also offer transportation to and from your hotel for your wedding ceremony. You may even find those that offer limousine service for a reasonable fee – just remember to include a tip for the driver in your budget.

A Las Vegas wedding can be a unique, beautiful experience – which is especially true for those on a budget. The above tips will help you to have a wonderful wedding without breaking the bank on your big day. Just remember – the money spent on your wedding won’t affect how happy your married life will be. Make the best choice for you and your partner and you’ll find you’re as happy in Las Vegas as you would be in any other wedding venue around the world.

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Filed under: Destination Weddings,Inexpensive Weddings — vicky at 1:33 pm on Friday, March 27, 2009

How to Save Money on Your Wedding Rings

If you’re thinking about popping the question, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by the cost and selection of engagement and wedding rings available. If you’re in this position, don’t worry – it isn’t as complicated as it seems. In most cases, the groom will buy the engagement ring first and then the couple will choose the wedding bands together. The old tradition says that the engagement ring should cost roughly one month’s salary, but for many grooms-to-be, this might as well be a million dollars. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can find a beautiful engagement ring for a fraction of the cost – without sacrificing quality. Considering the following options if you’re looking for ways to save money on your wedding and engagement rings.

Consider Quality First

While most people are very particular about the quality of a wedding set, there are a few ways you can cut corners without any noticeable difference in the rings. First of all, consider the gold quality you choose. While 24k gold is typically the purest quality of gold available, these rings can be quite soft, as fewer metals are added to give the ring strength. Therefore, you should consider going with a lower value such as 14k or 18k gold that has a harder metal base and will be more durable for years to come. After all, most people can’t tell the difference between 24k and 14k just by looking.

You can also consider the quality of the stone you use. You can save a lot of money by purchasing a smaller diamond, or by choosing a ring that features another type of semi-precious stone and is set off by tiny diamonds. In some cases, you may be able to find a smaller diamond that is cut in a way that makes it look bigger, or a special setting that achieves the same effect.

Used Jewelry Is an Option

If you can’t find anything you can afford in traditional jewelry stores, you might want to look into used jewelry. You can find some great options at local pawn shops, used jewelry shops or estate auctions – where you can often find vintage pieces for a fraction of their value. The key to buying used jewelry is to look for a ring that has no scratches or damage. If the ring is dusty or dull, you can always have it cleaned and polished. In fact, most jewelry stores will polish, clean, and size a ring for a very small price. You could end up with a $5,000 ring for as little as $200-300 if you buy it used.

Internet Jewelry Stores Offer Lower Prices

Consider shopping online to find the best prices on wedding and engagement rings. Many online jewelry stores offer lower prices because they don’t have to pass the cost of overhead on to customers. You can also shop online auction sites like eBay.com to find great deals on both new and used rings. In addition, many jewelry stores now have eBay-style stores where you can bid on the specific piece you’re interested in. In this case, make sure you set a maximum bid, as the auction can get rather heated when it comes down to the final moments – leading you to spend much more than you bargained for!

Using any of these tips, you can save a significant amount of money on your wedding ring purchase. The key is to shop around and look for the best deal. Don’t just buy the first ring you come across and assume it’s the best deal – you may be able to find something much nicer at less than half the price if you’re willing to do your homework.

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