Saving money on your wedding is one of the most important things you can do to get your marriage started off on the right foot. Getting into debt definitely isn’t the best way to start a marriage!
Traditionally, the bride’s father is supposed to pay for the wedding, but there are many reasons why this may not happen. The bride’s father may not be present in her life, he may be unable to pay for a lavish ceremony, or he may just be unwilling to do so.
Even if the bride’s father IS paying for the wedding, you should still try to save him money, if possible. Getting the bride’s father into debt over the wedding isn’t going to make him a happy father-in-law!
If you’re paying for the wedding yourself, you may feel like you have to go into debt to do it. But this isn’t always true. Sometimes you can have the ceremony of your dreams for a lot less than you think!
One thing you can do to save money is to have the ceremony and reception at home. Renting space can be extremely costly, and home weddings can be incredibly romantic and memorable. If the bride or groom has a family home that they have lived in for many years and may be in the family for many years to come, it can be very memorable to have the wedding at that location you can continue going back to again and again.
Another great money saving tip is to self-cater the reception. I don’t advise baking the wedding cake yourself, but snacks and dinner can certainly be made at home if there is someone available to do it who is a talented cook. This isn’t the most feasible idea for large weddings, but for more intimate weddings, it can be a great money saver.
Finally, don’t pay full price for the wedding dress! Most cities have excellent discount and wholesale shops where wedding dresses can be bought very inexpensively.
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