It’s 2019, weddings are expensive, the sky is blue, you just got engaged, Trump is still President. Facts are facts, America—what can you do?
Well, besides clawing onto hope like it’s your fading youth, here are some tips on how to plan your dream wedding without ruining that credit score you worked so hard for:
UTILIZE ONLINE RESOURCES
Websites like The Knot, Zola, and Wedding Wire make planning your wedding almost easy—with step by step instructions, personalized deadlines, and a trajectory all based around the date for your big day. Oh, and they’re all free to use. The Knot has even developed their own mobile apps so now you can make seating charts instead of friends.
ASK FOR HELP
Odds are the people you’re inviting to your wedding are the same people who want you to succeed. Have a friend who’s a photographer? Would they be willing to donate their services as a wedding gift? How about forty cousins? Well, 150 chairs need to be set up.
Don’t be a martyr. Ask for help.
BE YOUR OWN DJ
Who knows your music taste better than you? Trust us, the shuffle button is a surprisingly great DJ and one that will save you a hefty sum of money. All you need is access to good Wifi, some speakers, Spotify Premium, and someone to press play when you’re transitioning from dinner to flash mob.
DIY DECORATIONS & SKIP THE FLOWERS
Spend enough time searching Pinterest and you will not only find decorations that match your scheme, but ones that you and your wedding parties can easily make together. You can even turn the crafting into a party. Plus with enough DIY decorations, you can go without flowers, which will ultimately just be expensive trash the next day.
But Grandma doesn’t do e-mail. She’ll never get the digital invitation. Fine, yes. Send Grandma a paper invite. Everyone else would be happy to RSVP online.
BUY, DON’T RENT
Buying a slightly less traditional suit or dress online or at your local thrift store will ultimately save you a lot of money—and can add charm and personality to your wedding. Plus, it might mean that you can wear it more than once.
CHOOSE A COLOR, NOT A DRESS
You’re likely not the only one on a budget. By picking a color instead of a specific dress or suit for your wedding parties, they’ll be able to find something that not only fits their budget but their frame as well. As long as you’re specific on the color and look you’re going for—the freedom will help maintain everyone’s sanity.
Don’t let the love that made your day possible in the first place get lost in translation. Invest in what matters: your vows. Personalized vows can really elevate a wedding and make it feel more heartwarming and special than money ever could.
Remember. It’s a celebration of love.