An affordable wedding could be quite difficult to plan. Recently, Wedding.com released the results of a survey they sent out to 17,500 couples. One of the biggest revelations came from the average amount couples are spending on their wedding, which is about an average of $28,427 for a wedding. For many couples and their families, that’s a huge amount that’s more than the value of a car or a suitable down payment on a new home. While some brides find that spending almost 30,000 on their wedding is fine, most brides prefer to keep it less expensive. Fancy weddings are fun, but you can have a memorable wedding without spending a fortune. Here are five ways to plan a fun and affordable wedding.
Avoid an Open Bar
As pleasing as it is to provide your wedding guests with celebratory cocktails, beers, and glasses of wine, it’s expensive. If you need to have a bar, make it a cash bar so that guests are paying for their own drinks. If you’re having a wedding at your own or another person’s home, it’s easy to find kegs of beer for $50 or less at beverage stores and local microbreweries. You may have to pay for a deposit for the tap and the keg, both are refundable when you return the emptied keg. Beverage retailers often offer discounts on cases of wine too, so you’ll save extra money there and have a more affordable wedding.
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If you hire a caterer, the food costs about $60 per person, and a wedding cake is another $500 to $1,000. It’s far cheaper to have friends and family help you make the food for the wedding reception. You don’t have to be overly elaborate. Platters of lasagna, bowls of tossed greens, and plates of garlic bread are filling and cost effective.
For the cake, unless you have a talented baker in your circle of friends, you may have to make this your wedding splurge. If you do have a baker, ask them if they’d be willing to prepare your cake in lieu of a wedding present. A close friend or family member will be happy to oblige.
Host the Wedding at Home
The average cost for renting a wedding venue or reception hall for one day is upwards of $13,000 based on a recent study by Weddings.com. You can save thousands by hosting your wedding at your own home, a friend’s home, or a family member’s home. If there isn’t enough space within the house, a tent in a large backyard provides you with ample room for a few hundred dollars. Add in some chair rentals and you save thousands. Outside weddings are especially beautiful in the late spring when lilacs are in bloom and autumn when the foliage is changing color.
Plan a Destination Wedding
The expense of a destination wedding might seem rather high, but in the long run, you save a lot of money. Sandals Resorts are a leading provider for destination weddings. With Sandals, they take care of everything and offer discounted wedding packages with instant savings. The basic package includes:
Bouquet and boutonniere
Mimosa breakfast in bed
One 5×7 wedding portrait
Sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvres for the couple and up to six guests
Wedding present from the resort
Wedding website for photos and information
Your guests do have to pay their own way for a destination wedding, but these smaller weddings are designed for close friends and family, so you don’t have to invite a crowd. Those who do attend would generally be paying for wedding attire and bridal showers/bachelor parties anyway, so they save money too. A week-long stay at the Sandals Negril resort in Jamaica costs as little as $3,000 per couple, including airfare from New York City.
DIY Your Wedding Decor
Do you have an artistic person in your family or group of friends? A trip to an arts and crafts supply store and some artistic flair makes it easy to create wedding decorations for the ceremony and reception on a limited budget. If you hit the bargain bins, you can often get ribbon, dried or silk flowers, and other necessities for a fraction of the retail price. When the average cost of decorations and flowers is close to $2,000, there is a lot of room to save money by doing it yourself.