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Arranging a wedding that you can afford

Did you know that the average cost of a wedding is more than $30,000? That’s a lot of money no matter if you are paying for your wedding yourself or even if you are receiving help. But, if you prepare strategically, you can ensure that you get the most bang for your buck while saving money in the process.
Priorities It is important that you and your partner determine what your priorities are. What is a ‘must have’ for you may not be for your partner and vice versa. Figuring our priorities will enable you to get a better idea of how much you are going to spend on the specifics of your part.
Guests The greater amount of guests you have will equate to more money being spent. The difference between 75 – 100 will be significant. Rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t expect to be invited or plan on going if you were invited to someone’s wedding, then don’t invite them to yours.
Invitations and decorations You can save a significant amount of money by creating invitations yourself. There are plenty of affordable computer programs that offer easy to use, step-by-step templates. Look online for examples. You’ll be surprised as to what you will be able to accomplish yourself! You also may want to consider decorating your reception hall yourself. Go down to your local hobby and/or craft store. These types of stores have so much to offer! And not only will you be saving a great deal by doing the decorating, you will have absolute control of the end product! In addition, decide the flower type you will be using. A great idea would be to use fresh flowers for centerpieces and silk flowers for accent decorating. In the event that you want to use fresh flowers throughout, try and buy the flowers in bulk and create the arrangements yourself.
Drinks and food A buffet dinner is going to be significantly less expensive than a sit-down affair. Also, the food you select is going to have an effect on pricing. For example, do you plan on having fruits and vegetables for appetizers or caviar? Steak and chicken for dinner? Or will chicken and pasta be satisfactory? Also, will you be having a desert buffet with lots of different selections or just a cake? When it comes to alcohol, you will have the option of selecting a ‘house’ or a more expensive ‘premium’ package. Consider going with the ‘house’ since most people won’t realize what they are drinking once they are buzzed :)
Photography and music A popular trend has been for disposable cameras to be left on every table. The intent is for guests to be your photographers. You’ll likely end up with great, candid photos! But, if you are more inclined to use a pro, make sure you interview several photographers and get references from each. Music is a critical part of your celebration. Bands are much more expensive than disc jockeys. You also will want to interview several music providers and get references. Or, you can rent a sound system and use iTunes.
In conclusion Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow the tips above and you should be able to create the party of your dreams without breaking your bank. In the event that you are short on funds, consider applying for a small personal loan to cover your expenses.


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