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7 Creative Ways to Save Money on a Wedding | Written by Lauren Wiseman

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Ever since you got engaged, all you can think about is your wedding day. You want it to be dreamy and perfect, which means that there’s a lot of details to think about. When is the big day? A band or a DJ? How many guests? Where will the reception be held? A dreamy wedding can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and better believe that those who have that kind of money won’t hesitate to spend it. However, if you need to stick to a budget, the whole process can become pretty stressful. That’s why we’ve come up with a few great ways you can save money on your wedding ceremony.

1. Take your time

If you don’t plan on getting married right after the engagement, you can save a significant sum by booking a venue well in advance. Also, you’ll have more time to browse different venues, and find the one that’s perfect for you size- and money-wise. Also, by determining the date well in advance you’ll be able to save on invitations and save-the-dates.

2. Have your reception and ceremony in the same place

Rent a house for the day or get married in a hotel, and have both the reception and ceremony in the same place. Also, simply have the flower arrangements from the hall moved to the dining area, and avoid paying for two decorations. Further, nobody will need transport to the reception, because they will already be in the same building. During the ceremony, the guests can be seated at their tables, and start with the appetizer or cocktail hour as soon as the ceremony is over. This way you’ll eliminate time constraints and the need for limos, while out-of-town guests won’t have to worry about finding their way.

3. Avoid traditional wedding meal plans

Instead of opting for a traditional buffet or a sit-down dinner, save on your food bill by eliminating a choice of entrĂ©e. Serve some beef medallions with grilled shrimps, or serve an inexpensive dish, such as chicken and pasta, and let the chef experiment with some great sauces. Also, don’t offer endless beverage options, but stick to beer, wine, whiskey, and some sweet liqueurs.
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4. Choose an off-peak wedding date

If you decide to get married in the off-season (between November and April), everything from the caterer and flowers to the venue will cost less. Also, if you’re planning a destination wedding and your guests are taking some time off to celebrate, take the advantage and be flexible with your wedding date. The most popular day to get married is Saturday, so try to avoid it to reduce costs even further.

5. Take a wedding loan

By taking a wedding loan, you’ll limit your wedding budget, and avoid overspending and getting carried away with expensive decorations and caterings. Essentially, wedding loans are personal loans – unsecured loans with interest rates based on one of the spouses-to-be creditworthiness. Having a credit card can tempt you to overspend, while personal loans have a fixed interest rate, and are better at keeping you within the budget because you can only get the amount of money you’ve initially asked for. Budgeting after the wedding will be much easier with fixed monthly payments.

6. Go online

There are websites where you can register your wedding, along with the details about the wedding program, location, accommodation, and so on. Don’t waste your money, time, and nerves on making various invitations or cards (that your guests may end up losing).
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7. Cut the guest list

The guest list should be kept in mind when money is concerned, because the more guests you have – the more money you’ll have to spend on invites, food, drinks, etc. If you want to save more money, consider cutting your guest list from the very beginning, and keep your wedding small and intimate.
You can save money by hiring a DJ instead of a band, as well as a student photographer. Get a smaller cake, use less flowers and more greenery, and email your save-the-dates. It’s important to know both what you don’t want and what you do want to have on your wedding. Consider these money-saving tips to see whether they feel right for you. Remember, just because you don’t have expensive champagne and fancy tablecloths doesn’t mean that you’re not in love with one another.

Lauren Wiseman is marketing specialist, contributor to  and entrepreneur. She helps clients grow their personal and professional brands in fast-changing and demanding market environment. Covering finance and investment topics, Lauren strongly believes in holistic approach to business.

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