6 Ways to Cut Costs While Planning Your Dream Wedding

It’s no secret that, while getting married is an exciting time in any couple’s lives, planning the wedding itself can quickly prove overwhelming, not only emotionally but also financially. With so many important details, both big and small, to consider, costs can quickly add up, leaving brides and grooms-to-be questioning how they will manage the many fees and periphery expenses that arise. They find themselves floundering throughout the planning process, wondering if they’ll somehow be able to muddle through without giving up entirely on achieving the wedding they’ve always imagined.


Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the spending tunnel for couple’s looking to achieve the wedding day of their dreams without the nightmare of potential post-nuptial debt to follow. Understanding 6 big ways to cut expenses throughout the planning process can help ensure you and your betrothed throw your version of the ultimate wedding and still stay on budget.

Hire a wedding planner: This may seem counterintuitive, but a wedding planner has THE inside scoop on the best-priced providers and other critical details that can help you save money in the long run.

Enlist help from family and friends: Remember, those invites aren’t going to address themselves; when loved ones offer their time and assistance, take them up on it. It’s a great way to save money on professional services and a perfect excuse to get together.

Leverage off-season venue rates: This tip isn’t only destination wedding specific – virtually every venue has an off season; find out when it is at a place you love and you may be able to save significantly.

Get savvy with photography: It’s no secret that couples can spend a major chunk of their budget on professional photography packages; however, today’s smartphone devices take outstanding pictures. Rather than spending a fortune on individual shots, supplement your professional prints by using a photohub that your guests can directly upload their pictures on to keep your spending on track.

Repurpose items: Who says you can’t wear certain items from the big day again? Choose accessories (shoes, jewelry, etc.) that you not only love for your wedding, but that you’ll love wearing again to ensure you get your money’s worth.

Forget the forgettable: There are many items and details that go into planning a wedding that, in the moment, are fine, but really don’t leave a lasting impression on guests. Forego the forgettable items such as programs, favors and other reception trinkets – no one will miss them and you’ll be able to use that money towards more impactful details throughout the day.

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