Most little girls dream about a large, lavish wedding from a young age. However, it’s not until they reach marrying age that they realise such ceremonies come with expensive price tags. That doesn’t mean you can’t still have that wedding of your dreams. It merely means you have to think outside the box. Here are five helpful hints for making your big day the one you’ve been dreaming of since childhood.
Sometimes, no matter how much scrimping and saving you do, you end up falling short. If you’ve almost made it and need a small top-up to get to the checkered flag, then why not look at options for small cash loans?
There is no harm in requiring a buffer to tie off a few loose ends. What’s more, there are many different repayment options to ensure you don’t overextend yourself. Don’t skimp on your wedding because you’re a few hundred dollars short. Look around for competitive lending options that could turn an average wedding into something spectacular.
It’s Who You Know
Hiring venues, wedding cars, caterers, and photographers can end up costing thousands of dollars. With such expenses involved, it’s no surprise that the average American wedding costs over $35,000. Sometimes, cutting costs is about calling upon those you know to help out.
Talk to people with beautiful properties fit for wedding ceremonies, ask cousins and distant relatives about the use of their classic cars, and call upon amateur bakers who can whip up a wedding cake at a fraction of the cost of a leading cake maker. It’s all about getting a little bit cheeky in the name of cutting costs.
The most popular time to wed in the US is between August and October, with most weddings scheduled for the middle of August. Usually, Saturday is the most popular wedding day too, which can end up driving costs. If you want to keep your costs low but still have the wedding of your dreams, get married when few other people are.
Does it matter what time of year it is? Choose off-peak times such as when the weather is getting a little colder, or in the middle of the week. You will be surprised at how much cash you can save.
It’s customary at most weddings to give a gift to the bride and groom. However, by not requesting any gift types specifically, you run the risk of ending up with ten coffee machines and 15 toasters. If you would prefer a particular gift – such as cash – then say so.
Set up a wishing well so guests can help put money toward your wedding. A cash injection after the fact is bound to be appreciated. What’s more, with the average gift amount at around $100-200, you are likely to end up with a tidy sum.
Everyone knows the adage of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’ How about emphasising ‘something old’ or borrowed? Buying or borrowing something that someone else has used before can save you a fortune. There is also no harm in purchasing a second-hand wedding dress, as the previous owner probably only wore it once!
Your wedding day is going to be one of the best days of your life, but getting it to that point takes hard work and a lot of money. Don’t be afraid to ask for financial help and cut a few corners. Your bank balance at the other end will thank you for it.