U.S. couples spend an average of $25,200 on their wedding. Many couples even choose to employ a wedding planner who is usually paid by the hour, although sometimes an overall contract can be reached. It’s understandable that couples spend so much money, because most brides and grooms want their wedding day to be an incredible affair that they will remember forever.
Some couples decide to keep their weddings small, or take out the added frills that other couples include (like unique table decorations, party favors, and dessert buffets) to save money, while other couples save money by making as many of their decorations as possible. Read on to find out how you can save money on your wedding while still having a time to remember.
1. Use the Internet
Your friends or family might make think it’s tacky, but using the Internet to send out invitations can save a lot of money – like using e-vites. If your friends really don’t like your paperless invitation, they don’t have to come to your wedding, which will save you more money in the long run. If you want to print out your invitations but are willing to send online save-the-date cards, you can use sites such as Paperless Post to design your cards; the site includes some free wedding options. If you are not attached to having a certain priest or pastor officiate your wedding, you can also ask a friend to do it and have them become licensed online. You can also do a lot of your own planning without the added expense of a wedding planner just by doing research.