Published on October 10th, 2014 | by Art News
Can a Wedding Be Classy AND Affordable At the Same Time?
So you just got engaged, and after interacting with just a few people, you already know how every conversation is going to go when you give someone the news. The questions, in order:
1. OMG congrats! When–where–what –how did it happen?!
2. So exciting — I better be invited! Have you set the date?!
3. Oh good, that’ll give you some time to save up money… because… well did I tell you about my cousin’s wedding? Well just the cake –she needed to have that raspberry mousse — it cost nearly $900. That’s all I’ll say. Her parents are broke now. But…I’m sure you’ll be fine! DIY right??
Yep, you’re starting to think that you should have begun budgeting for a wedding about seven years ago. Before there was the possibility of a wedding. Before you met your now-fiance, even. But there are plenty of wedding tips and ideas floating around that will help you out — even if you don’t want a DIY wedding straight off Pinterest (which ends up being more expensive than anything else, honestly), there are simple ways to begin budgeting for a wedding — tons of ways, really. Here’s just a few to get you started:
- Keep in mind that you don’t need the raspberry mousse cake and the gold-trimmed “Save the Date!” cards and the open bar — okay, maybe the open bar — but the point is, wedding budgeting is all about figuring out what details really matter to you. Splurging on a few things is okay, and choosing not to use “traditional” things like place cards and menus won’t make your wedding any less classy.
- You also don’t have to stick with a traditional location for the ceremony and/or reception, either. Just ask anyone who’s been to a casual wedding on the beach — it’s gorgeous, it has a perfect setting for fun beach wedding photos, and it’s probably free. There are tons of unconventional locations around, and it isn’t hard to find a bunch of outdoor wedding tips, to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
- Third, you’ll want to hire some professional services — a catering company, a photographer, etc. — and you’ll want to find services that fit your style, so that you’re completely happy with the investment you’ve made.
It takes some serious organization, but it isn’t impossible! Usually a simple wedding on a budget is prettier than those million-dollar extravaganzas, anyway. More like this article.