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5 top tips to cut the cost of planning a wedding

Aug 15th 2014 at 2:23 AM

The excitement of getting engaged and setting a wedding date is often soon replaced with worry. You don’t realize quite how expensive a wedding can be until you start to plan everything you want.

With the average South African wedding costing R70,000, even the cost of invitations can cost a fortune. If you’re worried about your budget, the tips below will help to lower the cost of your big day. You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy the wedding of your dreams.

Tip #1: Establish what you need
It’s easy to get carried away by all of the things you want included on your big day. Before you even think about the things that you want, write a list of the things you actually need. Establish how much you’ll realistically need to pay for the things on your need list and deduct it from your budget. Then, whatever money is left over can be used on the things you want.

Tip #2: Consider an evening wedding
The time of day you have the ceremony will make a huge difference to the cost. Most couples tend to opt for morning weddings on a Saturday. If you choose to book an evening wedding, especially on a weekday, it will dramatically cut the cost of your big day. Of course, booking out of season will also help. Typically speaking, wedding season runs from May through to September. There are a few key dates to avoid out of season too such as Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day.

Tip #3: Limit borrowing
It’s easy to go overboard when planning your big day, but keeping your costs down will prevent you borrowing unless you absolutely have to. If a large bill ends up on your doormat it can be tempting to pursue alternative ‘quick fix funding – the type offered here for example. I’m not saying these sites don’t have their place – but please don’t forget that they’re only suitable for emergencies and if you’re having to utilize services like this in the run up to your wedding…you need to reassess your wedding budgeting and planning.

Tip #4: Get help from friends and family
Many parts of your wedding could become significantly cheaper if you choose to hire friends and family instead of professionals. Do you know someone who is great with photography? The cost of professional photos is one of the most expensive parts of a wedding. So hiring a friend instead could add up to significant savings.

Tip #5: Keep the guest list down
Yes you want as many people to witness your special day as possible, but cost wise it might not be feasible. Keep the guest list as short as possible to keep the cost down.

These are just five great tips that can help you to save money on your wedding day. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have the wedding of your dreams.

The Huffington Post went straight to the wedding experts to get their opinions on the best ways to save money. The internet has made it so much easier to get advice and money-saving tips. Why not take the time to research as much as you can to see exactly how much you could be saving.Read more info:long evening dresses uk

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