Getting hitched and being savvy with your cash are two things that sadly don’t often go hand in hand. The pressure on couples to create an elaborate day has never been higher, and it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of blowing a ridiculous amount of money.
It’s important to remember though that there is another way. You can still have the day that you’ve been dreaming of without throwing away all your savings, or getting yourself into debt. I know, because I did it! Here’s how…
I PINPOINTED THE NON-NEGOTIABLE EXPENSES THAT WE’D SPLASH OUT ON
Being frugal doesn’t mean that you can’t spend money on the things that truly matter to you, and the things that you really desire. At least, that’s definitely not my version of frugality. To me, it’s about making carefully considered choices. For us, a beautiful wedding venue was top of the list, and so we didn’t scrimp in this area.
If I had my time again, I’d choose somewhere like Notley Abbey – a beautiful countryside retreat in Buckinghamshire. Visit the website to check out the packages that are available.
I RUTHLESSLY CUT DOWN THE GUEST LIST
When I sat down with my husband-to-be and we started to put together a guest list, it very quickly got out of hand. We had well over a hundred names, and many of them were people who we hadn’t even seen in years! We knew that this was going to a huge drain on our budget, and that we’d have to make some changes.
In the end, we invited only 40 close friends and family members. Sure, we did worry for a while that we might unintentionally upset or offend some people, but we knew that there was no other way. Remember that at the end of the day, it’s about you and your partner. Small and intimate weddings often feel that extra bit special, and this approach will save you a fortune.
I OBSESSIVELY PLANNED EVERY SINGLE ELEMENT OF THE DAY
Bridezilla, much?! It’s true though. Right from the beginning, I knew that unexpected costs could pop up at any point, and send our spending through the roof. So I minimised the threat by making sure that absolutely everything was accounted for from the offset – from hair and flowers, to cake and cars, and everything in between. This kind of planning allowed us to prioritise what really mattered, and spend our money on what we deemed to be the most important.
You’ll be pleased to know that there are a ton of resources that can help you with your planning, and they’ll make your life way easier. Confetti is a great place to start, so make sure you visit website.
Ultimately, your wedding should be the first day of the rest of your life together. It shouldn’t be an excuse to spend money that you don’t have, and it’s very possible to plan an event that fits into even the most modest of budgets.
If I can do it, so can you!