When I tell people that my husband and I got married so young, we get a lot of surprised looks, and a lot of questions. The first question that a lot of people ask is how we could afford to get married that young. When we tell them that our whole wedding cost under $4000 (ring and dress included), those looks go from surprise to shock. Here is how we did it:
Use your connections
This step saved us a lot of money. It is amazing how many talented people are in my family. I realize that not everyone has this luxury, but many do. Think about it; do you have an aunt who can make cakes? A cousin who takes pictures? A friend who makes amazing food? I know that it is hard to ask people for help with things like that sometimes, but we found that everyone we ask was more than willing to help us. People like weddings for the most part, and love to be helpful. Many times friends and family will offer their help for free, or for a much smaller cost than you would pay a professional.
Take Advantage of Craig’s List
All of our wedding decorations were bought off of Craig’s List, and they were really cheap. Check there often. Many people buy a lot of expensive wedding decorations and after their wedding they don’t have anything to do with them, so they sell them. That means you get nice decorations that were only used once before.
Don’t Be Picky
If you HAVE to have that one dress or ring or the nicest tablecloths, costs add up pretty quickly. Step out of the box a little big. I bought my dress at a consignment store for $75 dollars. The other one I had been looking at was $800, and the one I bought was prettier and hadn’t even been worn. I have to confess that I did NOT want to look for a wedding dress in a consignment store, but after being talked into it by my mom, I am so glad I did. It was the perfect dress, and it was so cheap.
I also saved a lot of money by not being picky about my ring. We bought it at a pawn shop for $50. It looks exactly like one I would have picked out at a jewelry store, only much cheaper. Who cares if it’s been worn before? (okay, I admit it took me a little while to get used to the idea, but now, I’m so glad I did.)
Find a Cheap Venue
I got married in my backyard, so we didn’t have to pay anything for a venue. Many churches are cheap or free. This can save a huge chuck of your budget.
Have a Quick Engagement
I think this helped us keep our budget down more than anything. We were only engaged for three months, so the amount of things I could think of that I wanted at my wedding was limited. The longer your engagement is, the more time you have to buy more things which means more money spent.
The most important thing to remember when planning your wedding is that the wedding itself is not what’s important, the marriage is. Starting your marriage off with debt from the wedding is a hard way to go. I’m not saying your wedding day shouldn’t be important, because it should be. It’s an amazing celebration of the union of two people forever. Just keep these tips in mind and don’t go overboard, and you’ll be fine.
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