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Planning Your Wedding on a Budget

It’s almost August and that means we’re in the middle of the summer wedding season. In honor of all the weddings that take place each week during these warm summer months we’re going to discuss how you can plan and stay within a budget while putting your summer wedding together. When you’re engaged and getting ready to get married, your budget may be more important than it has ever been. Planning a wedding on a budget can be difficult and it is important that you understand what your reality is going to be with your wedding. There are a lot of brides that just don’t understand how much everything is going to cost with their wedding. When you do not understand how much things cost, it can be very difficult to lower your expectations. Rather than lowering your expectations, it is important that you are realistic from the beginning.

Set Realistic Expectations

First, you should realize that what you see on television is not an accurate representation of reality. There are reality television shows that depict a bride looking for a dress with her loved ones. The prices of the dresses that they show you are usually not the real price of the dress. This can be very frustrating to brides that see their dream dress on television and can’t seem to find the same dress for the same price anywhere. Rather than basing your budget for your dress off of what you see on the television, it is important that you look through stores and really get to know the real prices of wedding dresses in your area.

Set The Right Time Frame

Second, when you are planning your wedding you should be sure that you give yourself enough time to stay in your budget. Many brides do not realize just how expensive last minute changes are or how hard it can be to do things on a budget without enough time. If you are planning on doing any do it yourself decorations, you want to make sure that you have the time to create something that is exactly what you want.

When you plan your engagement, you should be giving yourself enough time to ensure that you are going to be able to stay in your budget. Don’t rush through to your wedding if you think that you are not going to be able to stay within your budget. If don’t set a realistic timeframe for planning your wedding you may need to pay for the expenses of your wedding with a credit card or short term loan.

Prioritize Your Spending

Third, make sure that you know what is most important to you with your wedding. There are a lot of people that just do not prioritize their money well when they are setting their budget. Make a list of expenses that are most important to you. You should be sure that the expenses are covered and that you splurge on the things that are most important to you. By doing this, you can be sure that you are able to save money elsewhere.

Giving yourself the time that you need to understand how you are going to prioritize your wants and your future spouses wants is integral to staying within the budget and still loving your wedding. Don’t be afraid to adjust your priorities as you go, but make sure that you have the budget to make the changes that you decide you want to make.

Continue Cultivating Your Relationship

Fourth, throughout your engagement it is important that you remember why you are planning your wedding. There are a lot of people that get so caught up in the details of their wedding that they forget about their marriage. When you are planning your wedding, you should be sure that you understand how you are going to continue to cultivate your relationship with your future spouse. Taking the time that you need to get away from wedding planning and continue to cultivate your relationship is necessary.

Finally, the day of your wedding can be a great day. When you are getting ready on your wedding day, try to remember how much you love your future spouse. There are a lot of people that get so caught up in details or small hiccups that they are not able to really be present and enjoy the day that they spent so much time planning. It is so important that you understand how you are going to take time that day to really appreciate all of the planning and the love that has gone into your wedding day. Take time to think about the love of everyone that has surrounded you on your special day and revel in the beauty of your wedding day. Don’t be afraid to take a few breathers, sit back and really take in everything that you have put into your special day. Your wedding day will be well worth the effort you put into it.

5 Affordable Ways to Save Money on Wedding Travel

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When it comes to family weddings, you’ll go anywhere to be a part of a couple’s special day. Depending on the couple’s plans this can sometimes mean you’ll be travelling quite a distance to be a part of that special event. Traveling often comes with a host of expenses.

The following is a guide to help you attend that special day for as little as possible, because being able to attend your loved one’s special occasions shouldn’t have to be a financial burden. Take a look at these five tips to learn ways you can save while traveling to a wedding.

Tip 1: Start Ticket Shopping ASAP

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First, look for travel options as soon as you learn the wedding date. This is especially helpful when you need to purchase a plane or train ticket for the wedding because then you have ample time to browse ticket prices. Don’t just visit the websites of your favorite airlines either. Check out discount flight sites like Travelocity, Expedia, Kayak, or Cheap Flights. If there are deals to be had, they’ll be on these discount ticket websites.

It’s also a good idea to check ticket prices on different days of the week because prices will go up and down depending on the day. Some people even say that Tuesdays are the best day to check tickets because prices often go down right after the weekend.

Tip 2: Carpool When You Can

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Second, if the wedding location is close enough, consider the price of carpooling. Five people paying for the gas of a fuel-efficient sedan can often go a distance of three to six hundred miles for much cheaper than the price of a plane ticket. That’s even considering it’s a round trip car ride. You’ll have to spend a bit of extra time on the road, but you’ll save money in the long run.

Not only that, but family members passing through can often offer you a ride for free. It’s always polite to offer to help pay for gas, but even if you give them gas money, riding along with family members can often be cheaper. Road tripping for the wedding with fellow family members can also allow you to catch up with loved ones you haven’t seen in awhile. But basically, whenever you’re traveling, it’s always a good idea to plan early and to plan cheaper options.

Tip 3: Pack Your Own Food

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Third, pack your own food! It’s easy to be pressured to spend lots of money on eating out whenever you get to a new city and want to spend quality time with friends and family through eating together. You can always budget for eating out with your loved ones during celebratory times like weddings, but you can also pack a lot of foods to keep you from needing to eat out for all your meals while you’re traveling. You can pack granola bars, sandwiches, hard boiled eggs, fruits, crackers, string cheese, trail mix, and cut up vegetables. There are lots of travel food ideas you can use to keep yourself healthy and nourished while you travel without breaking the bank.

If you avoid eating out as much as possible you’ll save between $10 and $20 per person, per meal. After a three day weekend, that can mean saving yourself between $30 and $80, depending on the eating habits of your family.

Tip 4: Choose Gift Cards Over Gifts

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Fourth, remember that the wedding gift is a lovely donation to a newly married couple. But if you have to travel a long way for the wedding, and possibly pay for your outfit for the wedding, then paying for an expensively fancy wedding gift can be difficult. That’s why wedding registries can be extremely helpful because the couple will have lots of gift ideas for you to choose from, making it easier for you to find a gift you can afford.

Another great wedding gift idea for wedding guests who are on a strict budget is to give them a gift card. Putting some money on a useful gift card can be much less expensive than some actual gift items. You can also pool your money together with others to buy the couple a more expensive gift without having to pay for the whole gift on your own.

Tip 5: Share Hotel Rooms

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Finally, consider looking into sharing more than just a car as you arrive in the city. Share a hotel room too! You may not get the privacy that you’re hoping for, but you can at least save a little money for a few nights on your sleeping accommodations. Consider who you could room with, where you could go for a cheap hotel room, and work out a rooming situation that can get you through the wedding without spending full price all by yourself for your hotel accommodations that weekend.

 
Traveling to a wedding doesn’t have to be as extravagant as the wedding itself. You don’t need the most expensive form of travel. You don’t need to eat out every day of the weekend. You also don’t need to spend your whole wedding travel budget on the wedding gift.

If you have financial concerns, don’t be ashamed of keeping to a tight budget. After all, it’s the celebration of a couple’s love that this even should be all about anyway. That said, don’t be afraid to use a payday loan so you can reserve a cheaper ticket.

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