Tips for planning your wedding and having money to show for it afterward

Although a wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity, it should not be one that leaves you in debt or with no money to build your future as a couple. Here are some wedding planning tips that will help you save.

Stationery (Invitations, save-the-date cards, and “Thank You” notes) – Invitations are the first item on a wedding couples list. Start off by comparing prices online and choosing plain envelopes rather than ones with colors or designs. You can also save more and be environmentally friendly by going digital and sending your invitations by email.

Wedding transport – Opting for a limo can be pricey. Instead, ask a friend or family member who has a nice vehicle to lend it to you for the day.

Dresses, decorations, and flowers – When looking for your perfect dress, choose to shop online or look at designer gowns that are sold second hand. Make sure you buy your dress months in advance so that you have sufficient time for alterations. You could also wear a vintage dress worn by your mother, grandmother, sister, When looking to decorate your wedding, choose to have your wedding in December, where most of the churches and venues are already dressed for the season.

Venue scheduling options – Choose a venue and then askthe management when the venue is in their offseason. Usually, off season rates will be at least 30% less than seasonal rates.