Unfortunately, wedding budgets can get out of hand. The planning process can be overwhelming, that last you thing you want to be concerned with is going over budget. To alleviate this stress, while making sure you still have your dream wedding, follow these tips from those wedding gurus at The Knot:
Whatever your budget, you don't have to resort to DIY bouquets to come in on target. Follow these 10 tips to have a chic wedding without sacrificing one iota of style.
1. Decide What's Most Important
Pick your top three priorities and allocate a little extra money for them (i.e., gown, catering, and band). Next, pick the three things that come lowest on your priority list (maybe style, flowers, cake, invitations), and budget accordingly.
2. Cut the Guest List
We know it's tough, but one of the fastest and most effective ways to lower your wedding cost is to pare down the invitees. Get out that red pen! At $100 a head, taking 10 guests off the guest list saves $1,000! Also consider the size of your wedding party: Gifts, hair, and makeup are cheaper for two than for ten.
Having trouble figuring out which guests to cut? Make a rule and whittle away.
Rule #1: If you have never spoken to, met, or heard the name of a particular guest, they get cut.
Rule #2: Anyone whose bedtime occurs before 9 p.m. will miss the cake cutting anyway, and probably won't have the best time. (All under-12 year-olds get a no)
Rule #3: Significant others? Consider someone worthy of an invite if he or she is currently living with or has been in a relationship for more than one year with the friend you want to invite.
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Above all, be true to yourself and who you are as a couple. Everyone has an opinion, and you cannot make everyone happy. So just keep repeating rule #1 to yourself. For other stylish ways to save money, please check out these great tips from David Tutera! Any other ideas on how to stay on budget without sacrificing style? Let us know in the comment section!
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