Let's face it, getting married can be expensive. You're spending a lot of money for one day of your life. However, expensive doesn't have to be stressful and it definitely doesn't mean that it isn't worth it. Following these money saving tips can go along way to having the best and easiest wedding ever!
The Envelope method
The envelope method can be used when budgeting for any expensive purchase or adventure but it's super helpful for weddings. For weddings, this method is great for putting some extra money aside to tip vendors, photographers and other event helpers. Simply write the name of each person or company that you need to tip on an envelope. Every time that you have loose change, add it to an envelope and by the time your wedding comes around, you'll have enough put aside to tip each vendor. This is great because you don't have to use money from your budget for these extra small costs!
Decide what is important to you
With so many bits and pieces of a wedding to plan, deciding what is most important to you and your partner is a great way to ensure that you are spending more on what you want. If the wedding venue is most important to you, it is okay to splurge on that. If you and your partner want to remember the day forever through photos and a wedding video, spend more on the wedding photographer. You can find ways to cut other things to make room for what is most important.
Hire a wedding planner
There you have it, the best tips to plan your wedding at your budget. Enjoy your special day!
It's true, wedding planning is hard, and planning a destination wedding can seem even harder. However, there are some super clear steps to take when planning a wedding, even one in a different country. I've listed out the top three steps that you and your partner needs to do to plan your destination wedding. To make it even easier, I have made a FREE wedding planning template PDF with all of the information from this blog post so that your destination wedding can go off without a hitch.
Step 1: set your budget
Yes, step one is probably the scariest. We all hate talking about money and figuring out how much this one day is going to cost us. But, having a budget will ensure that you don't spend more than you have and more than you want to.
STEP 2: CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION
Here's the fun part, choosing where you'll have this amazing day. While you might have a destination in mind, it's important to consider what wedding theme or feeling that you want, how long it will take to get there and the forecast. If you want a super romantic wedding, make sure that you choose a romantic destination.
Holding your wedding at a resort is a great idea. It makes everything super easy for you and your guests. Plus, you know that the resort staff will go out of their way to make sure that you're taken care of.
The free PDF at the end of this post has all of my resort recommendations, no matter the destination!
step 3: guest list
Choosing who to invite to your wedding is such a struggle. Between your family, your partner's family, that one college roommate and your co-works, the list of people stacks up. Just because you're doing a destination wedding doesn't mean that you have to keep your guest list short, but it does mean that some people won't choose to make the trek to the destination.
For this reason, I always get my guests to make an A list and a B list. If anyone from your A list cancels, you can simply select someone from your B list to fill their place.