Reducing Wedding Costs

Did you know that the cost of the average wedding in the United States is $19,800?! And that does not include the cost of a honeymoon or an engagement ring. At nearly $20,000 on average, weddings have grown to become one heck of an expensive party! Of course, the average cost of a wedding varies greatly depending on region. On Long Island, NY, the average wedding routinely runs in excess of $40,000.

So is there a way to have a great, memorable wedding day without having to fork over the cost of a perfectly nice, new car in the process? Of course there is. Here are some tried and true tips to follow to help keep your wedding costs as low as possible:

Get Married on Friday Night

Wedding halls land big bucks from people who want to get married on Saturday night. By having your wedding on Friday night or even Sunday afternoon, you can save hundreds if not thousands on booking a venue for your wedding.

Skimp on Cake

One of the areas in which people generally spend way too much on for their wedding is the cake. Usually couples want some fabulous, huge cake and anticipate everyone wanting to dig in for seconds. All of this cake usually ends up going to waste. Wedding guests are usually drunk, tired, or both by the time the cake is served. You can still have a fabulous looking, three-tiered cake by using a fake cake for the bottom two tiers. A regular sheet cake can be cut in back and served to guests who will never notice the difference.

Dress for Less

The wedding dress is another area where potentially thousands can be saved. Most people will never notice the difference between a $5,000 dress and a $700 dress or the difference between a custom made dress and a pre-made one that was tailored. Also, by using cheaper fabrics you can save a fortune. While the idea of a $10,000 knockout dress sounds delightful, be pragmatic. You will wear this item for only a few hours and no one will know if you cut corners to save money.

Split Costs with Another Bride

If you know someone getting married on a date near to yours, you might be able to cut costs by joining up on some things. For example, if you are entertaining the idea of hiring a band that wants $2,500 for the day, ask them if they’ll take just $2,000 if you help them book another gig for $2,000 the following weekend. Or, double-up on the flowers. If you’re getting married on a Friday night, see if you can work out an arrangement (pun intended) to have a bride re-use your flowers on the next day.

Fire Your Wedding Planner

Wedding planners are like real estate agents: overpaid and nearly worthless. If you’re willing to put in the time to do some more things yourself, you can save a lot of money by firing your wedding planner. Any discounts they promise to be able to get you will be more than eaten up by their fees. Plus, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment by planning as much of your own wedding as possible.

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Filed under: Inexpensive Weddings,Wedding Planning — vicky at 1:49 pm on Tuesday, August 31, 2010