Feb. 22, 2018
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It doesn't have to be outlandishly expensive. Follow these five tips and you'll be set for post-wedding bliss.
Before you make a single purchase, set your budget and figure out who will pay for what.
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Dedicate about 5% of your budget to “hidden” or “unknown” expenses like tipping the band, meals for vendors or maybe extra beauty treatments.
What two to three things are non-negotiable? If the band is a top priority, spend more on the tunes and trim the budget around, say, the flowers.
Food is often a major expense, so think about shortcuts you might take. No one has to know your cake is from Costco, right?
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This doesn't mean you should always go for the cheapest option. Simply telling a vendor — nicely — that something is over-budget could work magic.
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Consider the places where you can save: Having your wedding during the off-season can save up to 30%, according to Real Simple.
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Personal touches can actually help you save. Maybe that means you'll host your wedding in a free space, like a mutual friend's beautiful backyard.
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Or maybe you loved your friend's wedding dress so much, you'll ask to borrow it. These creative ways to save can add sentimental value while reducing costs.
Make wedding purchases with a credit card offering stellar travel points. Then put those points to use by spending them on honeymoon flights or hotels.
This option might not be for everyone — only do this if you know you can pay the card off in a timely manner.
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The only thing better than a relaxing, unplugged honeymoon? One that partially pays for itself — or comes with “free” perks like upgrades or a spa treatment.
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