How Much Time Does it Take to Plan an Inexpensive Wedding?

If you are planning on organizing an inexpensive wedding, you may be wondering how much time you need to leave yourself to plan for the big day. The answer? 154 days. Exactly 154 days. Good luck and thanks for reading!

In all seriousness, the answer, of course, is that it depends! Some can throw together a wedding comfortably in four months. Some suggest leaving yourself a six month window so as not to feel rushed. Still others will say that if you give yourself a year you’ll have more time to bargain hunt the best deals for your budget wedding. It’s all a matter of how organized you are and how much help you are getting. Try to plan a wedding completely by yourself and you may find that all the time in the world isn’t enough!

To figure out the time needed to plan a cheap wedding, it is wise to first agree with your spouse on a list of wants/needs for your wedding and agree on a realistic budget to achieve it. Don’t focus too much yet on how to minimize costs. Just throw down everything you want for your wedding on paper and try to come up with some realistic estimates of how much everything will cost.

Next, decide on the number of people you plan to invite to your wedding. This is a key bit of information you want to determine in the early stages of the wedding planning process before your proceed with booking a venue. Once you have your list of needs and estimated guests, start planning your inexpensive wedding by looking around to see how you can get what you want for even cheaper. You can solicit ideas from a crafty aunt who might know some ways to cut corners on costs. Maintain a to-do list throughout the wedding planning process to stay ahead of the curve on what needs to be done before the big day.

In some ways, planning an inexpensive wedding actually takes more time than planning one with all the frills. Anyone willing to max out their credit cards without a care in the world can throw together a great wedding rather quickly; there will always be someone nearby willing to take a nice chunk of your money to give you what you want in a hurry. But to plan a truly inexpensive wedding, time is your best asset. By not hurrying yourself, you get to enjoy the luxury of shopping around for accommodations that fit your budget.

The best tip to carry with you as you plan your inexpensive wedding is to stay flexible. By keeping an open mind about venue, date, and nearly everything else, you can heighten your chances of slipping into a great deal for your big day. Keep all options on the table. With enough time and consideration, you can plan a fantastic and affordable wedding that you and your guests will never forget.

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Filed under: Inexpensive Weddings,Wedding Planning — vicky at 12:13 pm on Friday, February 10, 2012