Since the average cost of a wedding costs tens of thousands of dollars on average, a lot of couples find themselves wondering how on Earth they’re going to pay for it all.
While once upon a time the bride’s father traditionally paid for the wedding, times change, and these days it happens less and less. It’s up to the bride and groom to fork over the cash.
If you’re getting married soon and wondering how you’re going to come up with the money to finances your ceremony, you’re not alone. Here are some of the best ideas for coming up with ways to pay for your big day.
Create a Budget
Write out a budget by gathering price quotes from every service and product that you’ll require. Go through everything you’ll need to pay for. For example, you’ll need to buy a ring, pay for the venue, and cover things like wedding photographers. Don’t forget to include everything that you can think of so that you don’t end up with unanticipated costs later on.
Once you’ve come up with an exact number of how much you’ll need to pay for it all, you’ll be able to set a timeline for yourself of how long it will take you to save.
If you’ve never created a budget before, you may want to try out an app that does it all for you. Otherwise, an old fashion spreadsheet does the trick too.
Accept Help From Family
Even though traditionally fathers no longer have to pay for everything anymore, many parents would still like to be able to help out. If you do get offers for help, even if it doesn’t come in the form of money, accept all the help that you can get!
When you’re planning an event like a wedding, there’s so much preparation to do that even the slightest contributions from everyone added up make a big difference.
Borrow What You Can or Buy Used
If your budget is holding you back from buying everything that you need, don’t be too proud to borrow. There’s no rule book that says you have to buy everything yourself brand new.
Another option is to buy things second hand if you’d like to get a lower price. This can be one of the most effective ways to shave as many as thousands off of your total bill.
Start a Crowdfund
There’s a difference between begging for money and accepting donations. Starting a crowdfund with your friends and family to be able to finance your wedding is a great way to get everyone who loves you to help you realize your dream.
By everyone pitching in just a little here and there, you’d be shocked to see how much you can raise together to finance your dream wedding.