For many couples, weddings come with both a sense of excitement and dread. Obviously, there better be some level of anticipation or something is very wrong. However, in order to throw the wedding of their dreams, many couples find it will take a financial nightmare.
The first thing you and your fiancé should do, then, is prioritize what you want your wedding to include. Pick the five most important things and start with allocating your money there. Yes, you may find you can’t get absolutely everything you want for your special day, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still be very happy.
Consider limiting your guest list too. If you must, consider a small, intimate gathering of only your nearest and dearest family members and friends. Between seating, food and drinks, your guests represent a sizable investment in your wedding.
These days, weddings and receptions can be held just about anywhere. You no longer have to be confined to a big church and a fancy restaurant later. Consider having the entire thing at your favorite eatery, at someone’s home, at a park, etc. There are a million different ways you can have a unique, but beautiful ceremony without receiving a huge bill in the process.
The same goes for what everyone wears. The groom’s tuxedo and bride’s gown can cost a small fortune—especially the latter—but there are so many places and designers selling affordable versions of both, that it hardly makes sense to spend so much money on them. Plus, thanks to the Internet, you can find all kinds of people who will make beautiful attire options for your wedding day at very low prices.
So by all means, plan your wedding to make it as dreamlike as possible. But don’t forget the many ways you can cut down the costs. Otherwise, you and debt may be together until death do you part.