Photo of a bride with bridesmaids.
You can have an elegant wedding for a good price. CC by SimonShaw/Flickr

When it comes to planning a wedding, spending a bunch of money is really not necessary. As a matter of fact, you can prevent the need for a last minute cash advance if you know a few tricks on how to really plan a wedding on a budget. Regardless of your spending limit, using these wedding planning tips will help you put together a beautiful, inexpensive wedding with memories that will last forever.

Cutting the guest list is one way to plan a wedding on a budget

If you want to plan a wedding on budget, one of the first things you should consider is cutting the guest list. Reducing the number of guests will no doubt reduce the amount of money you will have to dish out on food and caterers, among other costs. Every time you add a new name to the list, you are putting more strain on your budget. So avoid the hassle and pass up inviting those you haven’t seen in a long time or ones you can’t stand to be with for more than two seconds. Pay no mind about possibly hurting anyone’s feelings. You are not required to meet other peoples’ expectations. It’s you, your wedding and your finances that need the pleasing.

Find ways to save money on a wedding dress

For many brides-to-be, the main highlight of planning a wedding is choosing the right wedding dress. For those who are looking to keep the cost low, however, it can get quite overwhelming. So before you make a final decision and take out a cash advance to pay the difference on that wedding dress, think of your options. Shopping around and comparing prices can save you big, and there are even ways to do it online. You can find many websites that offer a wide range of gorgeous wedding dresses that won’t put a strain in your wallet. What about renting a dress for a low price? Surely there are many brides who wouldn’t mind.

Where and when to have a wedding

When and where you decide to hold your wedding can also leave a huge impact on your budget. Planning an off-season wedding can save you money; off-season months vary depending on your regional climate. The reason off-season months are the best times to have a wedding is because many vendors have very little business and are willing to offer great saving deals to anyone who comes trotting along. Moreover, you don’t need a lavish hotel or club house to host a beautiful wedding. People can put together grand weddings at local parks and restaurants, or even at a community college.

Saving on food and drinks

Do not hesitate to ask your caterer for the least expensive entrees on the menu. Would a seated dinner cost you more money than a buffet? Can you pass up the main course and just stick with drinks and appetizers? Instead of having a full bar, can you serve just wine and beer? The cost of food can take up a huge portion of your budget, so don’t be afraid to make any changes to the menu if necessary.

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