5 Great Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding
Congratulations – you’re engaged! Now it’s time for perhaps the most exciting part: planning your dream wedding. Picking the cake and dress can be loads of fun, but it can get expensive.
Whether you’re recently engaged or in the middle of planning a wedding, everyone can agree that saving money is a plus. These tips will help you save some cash while keeping your plans in check:
Make wise decisions and think about all of your purchases. For instance, ensure that you purchase your dress at a reputable wedding shop. How does this contribute to your budget? Well, if the shop is known to sell low-quality gowns or perform shoddy alterations, you might spend unnecessary funds on more alterations or even worse – buy another dress. Visit websites and ask family and friends for good referrals.
Talk to a variety of banquet halls about their wedding packages. They may be able to provide a “form of one-stop shopping” while providing you with great discounts. However, check out the actual reception hall before you book it. Check out for cleanliness and equipment. After all, you don’t want to spend money on linens and cleaners at the last minute.
During your reception, think about hiring a deejay instead of a live band. With a deejay you’ll also be able to use their lighting and have control of what he or she will play. Not to mention, it’s more likely that your guests will enjoy music from a deejay if a live band doesn’t perform up to par.
If you’re being treated to a day at the spa before the big day, look at where you can cut down costs. For example, nix the elegant facials. Facials can leave your skin blotchy. So what should you splurge on? Do consider massages or other relaxing body treatments.
Also, you can easily have your own at-home spa. Try a relaxing bubble bath, candles and soft music. Get your friends together and do each other’s nails or watch a good romantic movie. For a natural, do-it-yourself mask, try out this recipe for an oatmeal facial that won’t irritate your skin:
1/2 cup hot water
1/3 cup oatmeal
2 tbsp yogurt
2 tbsp honey
1 egg white
Mix oatmeal and water to make a paste. Add the other ingredients and blend well. Now apply all over your face (except for your eyes) and leave on for 15 minutes.
Ask a travel agent about honeymoon packages. Many of them include lots of freebies, such as massages, extra nights, food and champagne. It is likely that you’ll find free upgrades if you travel during your destination’s low season.