Planning a wedding these days can be an expensive affair. From the engagement ring to the reception, weddings can be pricey. Instead of pushing back your wedding date in order to save more, try to work with the budget you have and the different ways you can cuts costs. There are some trends emerging that can help you save money on your wedding, without cutting the expectancy of style:
Alternative Gems for the Engagement Ring
Diamonds are expensive. Instead of choosing a diamond engagement ring, consider setting a different gemstone. My sister-in-law’s engagement ring features a large center stone, with her birthstone, flanked by two smaller gems — her husband’s birthstone. I have three small gemstones in my ring: one conflict-free diamond with an emerald on either side. Other gemstones are often less expensive. (If you don’t mind the expense, though, you can get different colored diamonds, including pink, blue and even black diamond engagement rings. Be creative, and celebrate your uniqueness by choosing a gemstone other than a diamond.
Many couples are choosing to email invitations to their weddings, rather than mailing them. It’s even possible to set up a web page, for little to no expense, where those attending can RSVP instantly. Send an email invitation with a link to your wedding blog, web page, Facebook page to receive RSVPs. You can also include a link to your bridal registry.
When you send out email wedding invitations, you save a great deal on printing costs. By the time you print out all the pictures, the reservations, and the little cards for the RSVPs and registry information, it starts to add up. Not to mention buying the envelopes and paying for postage. With the email, you are saving quite a bit. Best of all, you can let guests know that you are doing it because you are “going green.” You can help the planet while helping your pocketbook.
Instead of renting a fancy venue and requiring everyone to go black tie, many weddings these days are more casual. Last year, I attended a wedding where the bride wore a sundress and the groom wore a nice linen shirt and slacks. They held it outside, in their backyard. It was a simple ceremony, and we were all dressed in simple sundresses, jeans, and casual button down shirts. They served lemonade and beer, and simple pinwheel hors d’oeuvres. It was very relaxed, and we all enjoyed dancing on the lawn to music played from their computer, DJ’d by a friend. You can choose a more casual setting for your wedding, and that will save you quite a bit — especially if you choose to do it at someone’s home.
Another trend is eloping. Instead of sticking around and having a huge wedding with lots of people, you can elope. You can even consider inviting 5 to 10 people you are very close to, such as your parents. Eloping, though, can be a real money saver. You just have to pay the fee for a marriage license, and have a civil servant take care of it. You can spend more time focusing on each other, and less time worrying that everything is perfect. Plus, you don’t have to stress out about decorations and what everything is going to cost.
Wedding don’t have to be the account gouging monster that it can easily become if couples don’t watch their spending. Although it may seem like a great idea at the time to buy certain weddings addition, there are other ways to maintain your sense of style and make the wedding about you, instead of what you spend.
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