Wedding Costs: How to Have an Affordable, Cheap, Budget-Friendly Wedding

Got a big family but an itty-bitty budget? Here are some ways to have an affordable wedding without leaving Aunt Doris off the list

With all the stress of planning a wedding, too often the bridal couple mixes up their priorities — especially when it comes to matters of the budget. This bride’s mother has the right idea regarding her daughter’s current wedding challenge.

Dear Wedding Guru: “I’m helping to plan my daughter’s wedding and we have to stick to a rather tight budget. Both sides have large, close-knit families. We can’t figure out how to make the money and numbers work out. Can you help?”

(Our answer on next page)

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The Wedding Guru says: Many bridal couples first pick the venue and then see how many guests they can invite in order to stay in their budget. But I agree with you that it’s the guest list that’s most important!

There are many ways to plan a wedding that include all the guests, but don’t break the bank. Try planning the wedding during the daytime, with a traditional tea to follow. If you can, add tea sandwiches, cake, and Champagne or punch. Another concept is “Just Desserts” — serving lots of sweet things (some made by family and friends) and beverages. Either of these should allow you to stay in-budget.

For other ways to make a wedding more affordable, see HudsonValleyWeddings.com’s article “Keep Your Budget Low without Compromising Your Expectations.”

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