According to a recent article in Minuteman New Center, the average price of a wedding in the United States costs more than $31,000. But it doesn’t necessarily have to cost that much. Today, many brides and grooms are carefully considering whether the desire to have a modern wedding is outweighed by endangering their financial future as a couple.
Money, being one of the biggest stress factors in a marriage, calls for both partners in a relationship to be honest when discussing money matters. Be honest about assets, investments, savings and current debt load. Many people are uncomfortable when talking about money, but it is something that needs to be addressed and resolving any potential issues is important in making future plans and being responsible.
Once that discussion has been had, and then you may want to discuss what your wedding budget is and begin to work toward s a savings goal. The sooner you want to get married, however the less time you will have to save. You can set up a goal in a spreadsheet or other financial software or you can put together a wedding budget. If you feel you’re still spending too much, go over guest lists and see if you can pare down the number of people in attendance for something more intimate, or maybe decide to make use of an MP3 player and a playlist made especially for your wedding and hooked up to a great sound system rather than hiring a band or professional DJ
Using less popular or off-dates and venues that are off the beaten track can also go a long way to saving you from spending your wedding budget. Consider renting a church hall, American Legion, or even having a wedding at home or in a state park for example. If you do decide to have your wedding reception at home, make sure to check with your insurance agent to find out if you should carry an additional insurance rider to cover potential damage or other liabilities. This is especially true of alcohol is being served at your reception.
Even if you are trying to save money by doing it all yourself, having a wedding and event professional such as Geri Simms at Atlanta Wedding Décor helping you plan can be a lifesaver. Geri help you realize your wedding dreams, even when you’re on a budget. We specialize in wedding drapery and event planning that will turn your wedding into a one of a kind event. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your wedding plans.