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Three Ways to Keep Your Wedding Costs Under Control

Every year, thousands of American families will beam with pride as their sons and daughters stand on the altar taking their wedding vows.

These folks love seeing their daughters dressed to the nines in gorgeous, custom-fit dress and an up-do that’s fit for a princess. After the wedding, the whole family gathers for a reception that’s normally heavy on rich foods, dancing to a live band or DJ and, of course, plenty of booze.

When the last of the guests have gone home, the bride and groom hop on a plane for a week or two of fun in the sun on their honeymoon as they prepare for their new life together. Meanwhile, back home, someone (probably mom and dad) is looking at a pile of bills and expenses for all the bells and whistles that made the whole affair so beautiful.

As it turns out, the average American wedding winds up costing around $25,000. That’s an incredible amount for most working families, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little budgeting finesse, it’s possible to have a really great wedding that doesn’t break the bank.

Make a Budget (And Stick to it!)
Weddings tend to take on a life of their own as brides and grooms start adding details to plans that seemed pretty simple at the start. For example, a simple limousine rental for the bride and groom can quickly turn into a party bus that’s going to haul around the whole wedding party.

To keep these kinds of expenses from getting out of control, we suggest making a budget early on and religiously sticking with it. We understand that this is easier said than done, but what’s the point of even having a budget in the first place if you’re not really interested in planning within its confines?

Control Your Dress
Wedding dresses are frequently the focal point of a wedding and can often spell trouble for budget minded brides. It will surprise no one who has ever planned a wedding that the dress itself can sometimes eat up 10%-15% of the entire wedding budget.

If having a designer label bridal gown is something that’s important to you, you need to factor that into your budget from the beginning. You may also have to acknowledge that other parts of the wedding may need to be scaled back to accommodate the dress. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with having a beautiful dress on your wedding day, you do need to be realistic about its price.

Get What You Want
At the end of the day, having a fantastic wedding is possible no matter what kind of budget you’re working with. Yes, you may need to cut back in certain areas in order to get the things you really want, but that’s what life is all about.

We recommend picking one or two “splurge” items that you absolutely can’t live without, and then be prepared to compromise on everything else. (That will be good practice for married life anyways!)

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