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Weddings Can Be Expensive! 5 Ways to Cut Back on Costs to Save Thousands of Bucks

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Did you know that the average wedding budget in the US is around $33,000? Whoa! But that’s just the average; many are spending over $100,000 for their dream wedding.

But not everyone can afford to throw that much money on a one-day event, even if it is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Others might be able to afford that much but would rather put the money someplace else where it would have a longer lifespan.

Indeed, weddings can be very expensive but here are 5 ways to cut back on costs to save you thousands of bucks, while still getting the wedding you have always dreamed of…

Rent the Clothes

Clothes might not be the most expensive items on the wedding list but they still make up a huge chunk of the budget, especially if you plan on paying for the clothes of your whole party.

You can save money by renting gowns instead of buying new items off the rack at some wedding boutique. But not every place offers gowns for rent. If this is not possible, you might check out the local options for ready-made gowns; these might be much cheaper than having one sewn especially for you. And there are also stores that sell secondhand gowns!

Choose a Budget-friendly Venue

If you’re lucky to have a beautiful, expansive lawn, then you just might make use of that as venue for your wedding. Since most people hire wedding planners and decorators, anyway, you can already save a lot of money on the venue.

If you can’t find one for free, check out other budget-friendly locations in your area.

Trim the Guest List

It is true that you might want to share this magical moment with everyone you knew but practically speaking, that would surely cost you more money! Instead of inviting everyone you know, trim your guest list to include only the people who are most important in your life.

This might be a little harsh for those who have tons of friends but your wallet will thank you afterwards…

Choose Local

A lot of people get married these days at top wedding destinations in the world, taking their entire wedding party, family, and friends to a grand out-of-town or even out-of-the-country wedding that also doubles as vacation.

While that is, of course, more exciting for everyone, that also means having to increase your wedding budget by several folds. If you choose local venues, local suppliers, local photographers, etc., you will be slashing off a major chunk off your budget – and you can use that money to give your newly wedded life a big kickstart!

Stay Simple

Don’t scrimp on the rings or the budget for photographers – you’ll want those mementos to last a lifetime. But you can still save money on many things in your wedding, especially if you keep everything simple.

You don’t need to have lavish decorations at the reception, fancy cakes that reach the ceiling, or popular musicians.

And if you need inspiration for keeping it simple, remember that the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wasn’t as lavish as that between Prince William and Kate Middleton – but it was grand in its own right.

The stunning bride wore a simple wedding gown and their wedding cake even broke tradition by being much simpler than those in previous royal weddings.

Yes, you don’t have to break the bank to have a fabulous wedding!