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Money Saving Wedding Ideas And Where Not To Cut Costs

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These days, weddings are getting more and more expensive. If you're like most brides and grooms, you have a fixed amount of money to work with and planning a cheap wedding is essential. How do you figure out where to spend your wedding budget and where to save your money?

There seem to be endless ways to spend your wedding dollars, but there are in fact some places where you can get more bang for the wedding bucks you spend.

Read on to find how to plan a cheap wedding.

Money Saving Tips For Wedding Invitations

Ranging in price from $0.87 and going up to about $6.00 per item, wedding invitations are another place where you can cut costs. With such a huge difference in price, one has to wonder what the big difference between these invitations is. Generally, it comes down to the different printing methods, types of ink, paper and extras (like vellum overlays or ribbon.) Luckily, for most weddings, couples can stay on the cheaper side when it comes to wedding invitations and no one will be the wiser.

There's a very good chance that your wedding guests don't know difference between thermography and engraving. They also probably won't be able to tell whether you have your wedding invitations printed professionally or if you do them on your home computer (as long as you print them on professional card stock that is.) So, to save your budget for other things, do your wedding invitations for less than $1.00 each. You can save $100 or more depending on the size of your guest list. Doing so will give you a little extra room in other areas of your wedding.

Money Saving Tips For Wedding Favors

The small gifts that you give your guests at your wedding reception are called wedding favors. Though these gifts are usually pretty little, when you buy 100's of them, the costs can add up. Typically, wedding couples pay from as little as $0.30 to as much as $3.00 per wedding favor. If the wedding has a guest list of 150 people, $3.00 per favor will end up costing the bride and groom a big $450.

It seems silly to spend so much money on such a small part of your wedding. Many guests who attend your wedding won't know that it's standard to receive a favor. What's more, how many weddings have you been to that you can actually recall what the wedding favor was? When it comes to your wedding budget, favors are not the best place to invest a lot of money. Minimize the cost for your wedding by doing a reasonably priced wedding favor or forgo the favors altogether.

Spend on Wedding Photography

Taken at your wedding reception and ceremony, your wedding photos will allow you to remember your wedding day forever. In the years following your wedding, when you look back on the pictures from your wedding, you'll remember your wedding day and you'll have a clear record of who attended and what everything looked like. Wedding photography is one place that you don't want to be cheap.

Most wedding photography packages cost from $500 to roughly $2,000. If that seems like a lot of money to spend, think about what the memories from your wedding are worth to you. When you start looking into wedding photographers, make sure you get a professional photographer who has wedding photography as a specialty.

If you hire an experienced photographer, your wedding photos will be absolutely worth every dollar you spend on them.

Spend on Wedding Reception Catering

As it's probably the largest gathering you'll ever host, your wedding reception is one place that you won't want to scrimp on. As a good host, you'll want to make sure that your wedding guests enjoy tasty food at your party. Especially with a long wedding ceremony, the majority of your wedding guests will be quite hungry by the time that the food is served at your wedding reception.

Depending on the type of reception you have and how many guests attend, wedding reception catering costs can range from the mid $100's to the mid $1,000's.

Be sensitive to your guests needs and don't give your hungry guests tasteless hors d'oeuvres or rubbery chicken in order to save a few bucks. If you go cheap on your reception catering, it will certainly leave guests with a bad taste in their mouths about your wedding.

Lavishing your wedding guests with delicious food at your wedding reception will add something special to your experience and your guests' experience of your wedding too. Splurging on reception food is one thing that's definitely worth the money.

Saving for and finally paying for a wedding is a big deal for most couples and families. You don't want to squander that precious money on things that no one will notice. If you use this advice on where to spend and where to save, you'll make each dollar of your wedding budget go further. When you trim a little in some areas, you'll have the flexibility to splurge in other areas or cut your total wedding cost for a wedding that won't break the bank.