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Low Cost Wedding Budget Guide

Aug 17, 2007
Trying to plan for a low or small budget wedding and need some help? No matter your reason there are tons of ways that you can save a great amount of money on the wedding. By carefully planning and using the tips and hints in this article you can save yourself over 50% easily.

Trying to cut costs and pull off a low cost wedding does not need to be hard. Yet, given up thing s and cutting corners to lower costs can be hard for someone wanting a traditional wedding. However there area ways to cut costs and still have a traditional wedding.

Use a Wedding Budget Worksheet
There are tons of these available online some are free and some charge you for the use of the worksheet. However many of these can help provide you with some great ideas for saving money. They will also give you little reminders and categories to organize your thoughts in.

Wedding Budget Plan
After finding a few different worksheets online and reviewing them you need to come up with your own wedding budget planner. From experience and feedback from others the online budgets are a great starting point but they often do not fit the categories and particulars of a unique wedding. They might not fit the exact circumstances of the wedding you are planning for. Therefore it is necessary to make some adaptations to the existing wedding plan.

Rough Estimates
Sometimes it is hard to figure out a basic estimate or figure to start from. Typically wedding planners say to budget roughly $100 dollars per guest for the wedding and then allocate the money to the categories that are important to you. Of course the more formal the wedding ideal is the more expensive it will typically be.

Ways to Save?
After you have developed a budget and added in the approximate costs it is time to review, revise and save. Go back over the planned budget and see if there are laces you can cut expenses. For example if $25 dollars were planned for the wedding favors you might be able to cut expenses in this area and reduce your overall costs by making the favors yourself.

Also make sure you always do comparison shopping. Never decide to use a photographer, deejay or wedding officiant without first interviewing them and calling around to get rates from other professionals.

By carefully planning and fully using a budget spreadsheet of list you can find lots of ways to save money. Often these include compression shipping. Buying in the off season, looking for store discount, and factory outlets will help save money. Also making things instead of buying them can save a huge amount on the overall price of the wedding.

Another way to save money is to pick the theme carefully. As stated above traditional wedding will cost more then a non traditional counterpart wedding. For example a beach themed wedding will often be les expensive then the more formal church wedding. Just think about it at a beached themed wedding it might work to wear shorts, a Hawaiian shirt, and flip flops instead of the traditional tuxedo worn by groomsmen. Yes you can still wear a beautiful wedding dress but chances are it will be less formal and therefore less expensive then a traditional wedding dress.
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