more ways to budget your wedding

I’m continuing with more budgeting ideas …I got such great feedback on my blog two weeks ago that I’m continuing with more ideas for you.

The blog titled ‘Choices’ emphasized picking the right venue but cutting your guest list, as well as knowing yourself so you do make the right choices. That is always the key. To choose the things that matter the most to you, and cut things that feel less important. I know, I know, easy to say, difficult to do!

So here are a few more thoughts on this:

Have your ceremony and reception in the same location. Not only is it more cost effective, it’s ‘green.’ You will be saving everyone time and money on gas and travel, not to mention that the entire experience for your guests is enhanced.

Simple - but it works.

Simple - but it works.

Schedule less time for your event – make it a four or even three-hour event, instead of a five-hour event. Find out if prices vary at the venues that interest you – pricing sometimes depends on day of the week, the date and the time. Many couples are choosing Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons, instead of Saturday nights. Also consider alternative venues, such as Universities or public spaces that may be available to rent. However, cost savings are often off set by having to arrange all the other services, such as catering, tables, chairs, tents and the like.

Sounds obvious - but candles look best at night!

Sounds obvious - but candles look best at night!

Do-it-yourself décor is working great for many couples. But of course you need to be good at that sort of thing. Perhaps a family member or friend has those skills – why not ask them. Check out these nice pieces, one is from a wedding I recently officiated – the bride made them herself! Don’t think of it as being cheap – think of it as being creative!

From a wedding I officiated recently - you may recognize the location, it's the Shawnee Inn.

From a wedding I officiated recently - you may recognize the location, it's the Shawnee Inn.

easy, and nice - plus you can reuse the hooks.

easy, and nice - plus you can reuse the hooks.

Something bigger to consider is taking your time. There is usually no need to rush into picking a wedding date after you’ve become engaged. I say usually, because sometimes there are compelling reasons to get married quickly, such as military deployment, financial considerations, health, or family issues. However, if you can, set the date for at least six or eight months in the future, if not longer. Doing the research, planning and giving it careful thought, without obsessing, will get you where you need to go. After all – marriage is a life-long commitment. What’s the rush?

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