Wedding Planning on a Budget

A wedding is a beautiful celebration of the love and union of a couple. This day should be a glorious event that allows the couple to share their happiness with those they love the most. Unfortunately, many couples just starting out often have a very limited budget for the wedding and their lives together. The average cost of a wedding today is nearly $34,000. This can be difficult or even impossible for some couples. Fortunately, there are ways to keep costs low without diminishing the fun and excitement of the special day.

Wedding Attire

Some of the largest costs of a wedding are the attire of the wedding party. A bridal gown can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars on its own. When factoring in the costs of the bridesmaids’ dresses, this can really cut into a wedding budget. It has been a growing trend for bridesmaids to purchase their own dresses. However, it is important to keep these dresses simple to allow the bridesmaids the ability to wear them for other events. Rental tuxedos are also a low-cost option for the groomsmen.

Wedding Rings

The wedding rings are another major purchase for this day. Many people think that a higher price means a higher quality ring. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. To save money on the rings, it is important to shop around. There are many places that offer quality affordable his and hers wedding bands for sale. By choosing already made rings as opposed to having rings custom-designed, couples can save a lot of cash.


Dancing is often a required part of any wedding event. Couples can choose between a DJ or a live band to provide the music for this event. If a DJ is the preferred option, choosing a friend or relative that can responsibly handle this job may help to save a lot of money on the event. Some may offer to do the job for free, but it may be a better idea to offer some payment to help ensure they stay focused on their job instead of the festivities.

If a live band is the preferred option, there are often many affordable wedding bands in the area that are experienced in these types of events. Couples can even visit local venues to hear various bands in the area. This can help couples find a band that they enjoy at an affordable price for their event. It is also a good idea to check out the band’s website and reviews to find dependable performers.


Many people tend to go with the venue that is closest to their home and seems to be the go-to place for weddings in their area. However, choosing something a little out of the way may save a lot of money. It is also important to find a venue that does not require using their vendors. Often, these places make deals with various wedding vendors and require that your catering and other services be performed by them. This makes it impossible to find a more affordable option.

Finding a non-traditional venue can also be a great way to save a little money. Renting a public space, such as the local fire hall or community center banquet hall be less costly. There are often public parks and camping areas that can be reserved for these events at a fraction of the cost. Even a friend’s home with a large space could be the perfect affordable option for this event.


Another major expense of a wedding is the flowers at the ceremony and reception. One option is to use silk flowers for much of the décor. These beautiful flowers look like real flowers at a fraction of the cost. They are also more durable and can be purchased ahead of time without worry of wilting or dying before the event. The couple can still opt for fresh flowers for the bouquet or boutonnieres. If fresh flowers are a must, check into pricing for local flowers. This could help shave off some of the costs and provide a vibrant décor for the event.

Other options to help with keeping costs low can include purchasing the alcohol ahead of time instead of paying for a bar. Couples can even prepare some of the food themselves or with the help of family and friends. These little options can help keep the budget low or allow a little extra to be spent on other aspects of the wedding.

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