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5 9 15 jason courtney 267 scaled - Premier W.E.D.Ways to Save Money While Planning Your Dream Wedding

Now that the engagement excitement has settled down it’s time to start planning your big

day! While this can be an exciting time many couples become overwhelmed by everything

they need and all the costs involved. You don’t have to sacrifice your dream of a fairytale

wedding just because you have a smaller budget. There are plenty of ways you can save

money and still have the wedding of your dreams.

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5 Ways to Save Money Planning Your Wedding

1. Budget and prioritize

Sit down and create a realistic budget. How much do you want to spend on your wedding

and where will you spend that money? Prioritize your list of wedding day must-haves into

categories where you don’t mind spending extra on and where you don’t mind spending a

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2. Flowers

There are many ways you can save when it comes to the flowers on your wedding day and

these can be an expensive part of your wedding day. Consider what flowers will be in

season around your wedding date. Choosing seasonal flowers can help you cut cost.

Consider opting for a single stem flower instead of a full bouquet for the bridesmaids. Going

with less can often have a bigger “wow” factor on your big day and in your wedding images.

If you are a creative person think about doing the centerpieces and décor yourself and

buying the flowers in bulk. Don’t underestimate the power of negotiating. Many florists are

willing to work with the bride to be to help her create her fairytale wedding.

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3. Dress

The dress may be one area you don’t want to skimp on. Although very important and

sentimental, you might want to reconsider spending thousands of dollars on it. While you try

on the perfect dress from a wedding boutique, don’t overlook discount dress shops. Many of

these shops carry the same dresses for half the price. Also, if you have already tried on and

found the dress, look for it online before you buy it. You can often find the same dress for

thousands less.

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4. Go online

Invitations, save the dates, engagement announcements all can add up quickly. The printing

costs and the cost to send out all these wedding papers can get expensive. You can save

thousands simply by setting up your own wedding website. You can still use your beautiful

professional engagement photos, but you won’t have to spend the extra money on printing.

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5. Ceremony/reception.

Booking a venue for your wedding is one place you will tend to spend the most money. If the

season is right, planning for an outdoor ceremony or reception can be a great way to make

your fairytale come to life. Outdoor weddings at a local park or even a friend or family

member’s backyard can be perfect and it will provide the ideal lighting for your photographer

to capture those breathtaking images in natural lighting.

Also consider a small ceremony, an earlier reception time, or plan for a weekday wedding.

These small changes that aren’t so traditional can save you hundreds or even thousands

when it comes to booking your ceremony and reception venue.

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Where you shouldn’t cut cost:

Photography

You might think getting a friend or family member to shoot your wedding photos will help

you save. While it may save you in dollars, it could cost you in quality. You want your

wedding day images to be beautiful and ones that will bring back the joyful emotions and

memories from that day. A professional photographer will be able to capture all these

moments that your friend or relative will be not be able to with a point and shoot or even a

fancy DSLR camera. You’ll regret and be disappointed that you don’t have clear stunning

images from your wedding in the future if you decided to try and skimp n this area of your

wedding budget.

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