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How to Plan a Wedding On A Low Budget

Aug 17, 2007
Cutting costs associated with a wedding can typically be very difficult. People can be come very emotionally tied to a wedding looking and feeling a certain way. It is thus hard for them to let go of this and find place to cut costs. However, this guide will help you look at some general budget categories and give some beginning suggestions for saving big money!

Location
The location that you will be married typically will be one of your most expensive costs. The overall price of this can value greatly depending on the location chosen. For example a small local church that the couple to be married attends regularly is going to be a lot less expensive versus a country club or other scenic location. It is best to call some of the potential candidates and go for a tour first. Get prices and find out what the costs associated with the site will be. This will help in deciding the location and in making up the budget. If you are on a tight budget and need a wedding that does not cost a lot of money then weddings done at home are typically great ways to cut costs.

Offciant / Priest
This is the person that will officiate or preside over the wedding. The costs can again vary widely among different offciants and if you are on a tight budget then it is always best to check out prices. Of course many people have someone they want to be the offciant already chosen regardless of price. For example a family minister that provided pre marital counseling.

Accessories
There are often decorations and accessories that go along with the actual ceremony and these are often smaller costs but the category as a whole can add up quickly if they have not already been budgeted for. Do you want to have a Unity Candle, or a long white runner down the aisle? All of these things will cost money and need to be budgeted for beforehand. Review this area carefully because there are often items that can be left out to save money. However, some of the items might be crucial to the theme of the wedding or even personal preferences of the couple. So review this area for things that can be cut out saving even more money.

The Reception
This is a big broad category that can be the other second largest expense typically. In would include things like the location rental fees, chairs, tables, catering, and drinks. While this is the next biggest category or the second most expensive area it is often the place to cut. The actual ceremony is often so filled with traditional elements that it can be hard to cut corners and try to save money. However, the reception often provides lot of ways to cut the budget and

Clothing
This is can be a very expensive category as well as some of the others. Women's wedding dress can cost thousands of dollars alone. However, the good news is there are some big things that you can cut expenses with. For example you can often find wedding dress at outlet stores and save a bundle. Possible finding last years model at a store can help. The dresses for the bridesmaid and flower girl can also be found at discount prices if one looks hard enough. Do some comparison shopping for the tuxedo rental as this can create a nice savings also.

Decorations
Decorations for the event are always important but don't have to be expensive. It is a simple matter of how much work you want to do on your own versus pay someone.

Music Deejays and Photographers
You have to account for music at the wedding and the reception and of course you will want pictures of the big day. Some ways to save cost on this are talk to the Deejays or photographers ahead of time and do some comparison shopping. It is easy to call over the phone and talk with a bunch of Deejays and get estimates from them. Then go and interview the ones you are most interested in.

The major categories above give a good general idea for a wedding budget breakdown and can act as a starting point in developing your own wedding budget outline. Saving money often means being willing to do more of the work yourself instead of paying for it. By doing your own assembling of wedding favors, and decorations one can save a good deal of money on the overall cost of the wedding. Also doing comparison shopping can really pay off.
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