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5 Essential Wedding Planning Tips to Save Money and Sanity

5 Essential Wedding Planning Tips to Save Money and Sanity

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Weddings are frequently said to be the most important day of a woman’s life. Planning your dream wedding can be expensive and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are 5 essential wedding planning tips to save your money and sanity.

  • 1. Don’t hire a Wedding Planner

If you want to keep your wedding affordable then it’s best to do the planning yourself. Instead of giving a stranger the reigns to your intimate celebration, have your most trusted friends and family help you with the planning. There are several books out there aimed at walking brides-to-be through the entire process of planning your wedding. Determine your goals on a month by month or week by week basis and then assign tasks to the people you trust the most to handle them. This will not only save you money but ensure that those working on your wedding will personally want to make it perfect for you.

  • 2. Choosing your Wedding Dresses

Finding the perfect wedding dress for yourself and your bridesmaids can feel like a Herculean task. Thinking outside of the box is the best way to find a perfect and affordable dress. Find a local thrift or vintage shop in your area to check out. Oftentimes, they receive donations of high quality dresses that are marked down to a very affordable price range.

Check out sample sales at bridal shops where beautiful designer wedding dresses can be bought for up to 70% off. There are also online choices which you can get an ideal dress with custom made quality. One more option is to rent a dress for the big day. Any of these options allow you to find your perfect wedding dress at an affordable price.

  • 3. Work smarter, not harder

There are so many things to consider when planning a wedding. Now that you know how to find your perfect and affordable wedding dress and bridesmaid dress, there are other things to consider. You will want to hire a photographer, caterer and a DJ. The best way to do this while keeping your wedding affordable is to hire local, small business owners. Many photographers, caterers and DJs just starting out would love to be hired for your wedding.

This guarantees you will receive high quality work at an affordable price while they get to build up their portfolios and careers. It’s a win-win for everyone. You can find people looking for work on different social media groups as well as freelancing sites. This allows you to reach out to people you may want to hire and start a conversation. This way you can be sure the work they’re offering is up to your standards and their rates are affordable.

  • 4. Keep your circle small

The best way to keep your wedding affordable and stress free is to keep your guest list and bridal party small. Being surrounded by only your most trusted friends and family will prevent you from stressing about an extensive seating chart and you don’t have to worry about renting a large venue. This will also help you keep your wedding affordable by lowering food costs. Your workload will be a lot less if you only have 50 tables to decorate instead of 300!

  • 5. DIY Decorations

Many venues will allow you to decorate before your big day. In that case, bring your closest friends and make it a decoration party. Bring some food and maybe some drinks to keep everyone energized and engaged. Make sure to meet with your helpers ahead of time so you can decide how to spend this time effectively.

Follow wedding blogs on different social media platforms to get ideas and inspiration. Get creative and assign tasks to the people best suited to them. Decorating with fake flowers is key because they are more affordable than the real ones and you won’t have to worry about them wilting during your big day. You can even re-purpose fake flowers for another celebration like your one year anniversary.

These are 5 Essential Wedding Planning tips to save money and sanity. Weddings are a beautiful celebration of love that should be enjoyed by all, especially the bride! These tips have you covered from finding your dress to decorating your venue. Follow these tips to guarantee an affordable wedding free of stress.

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