Monday, May 27, 2013

Tips for Planning a Cheap Wedding by Miss Know It All

Yes, that is right. I said, “Cheap Wedding.”  Do not stand on ceremonies when it comes to saving money. Why spend humongous amounts of cash, refinance a home, or use credit cards on a wedding that might not last for more than a second.  

In New York City, the average wedding can cost $77,000. If you have disposable income, then go ahead and plan that extravagant affair. However, if you are in a financial hole, as most of us are in this economy, you can still have a fabulous wedding without going into debt.

Following are some ideas to help you plan that extraordinary and penny-pinching wedding. The extra cash you will save can go toward putting a down payment on a house, investing in the stock market or buying a certificate of deposit, even if you are only getting a one percent return. At least, you will have extra money for that rainy day.

Rather than have fancy and expensive invitations printed by a vendor, print the invitations yourself on plain 20 lb. paper, and do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope for your guests to RSVP. Chances are they will remove the postage stamp, never reply and still show up at your wedding.

You can save money, pain, and suffering, brought on by family, friends, and future in-laws, by going straight to City Hall.

If you must have that designer wedding dress, rent rather than purchase or ask to borrow a friend’s or relative’s dress.

Instead of having an elaborate reception at some exclusive banquet hall, celebrate your union at McDonalds, Burger King or KFC, and let your guests pay at cost.

Use fake foliage instead of fresh flowers.

Forget the eight-tier wedding cake. Serve cookies or cupcakes.

If you want to save money on food and drinks, have guests bring their own dish and/or liquor.

Instead of hiring a stretch limousine, use public transportation, roller skate, bike, walk, or jog to your destinations.

For music, bring a radio and tune into a station that plays non-stop melodies.

Ask your guests to take photos and videos of your wedding ceremony and reception. You will save a fortune. Chances are the photographer and/or videographer will end up taking lousy images, go out of business, or disappear with all of your money.

For your honeymoon, rent a travel video of the place you would like to visit, and pretend you and your mate are there.

In lieu of gifts, ask for cash.

Well that is it. These tips may sound tacky, but your wedding will be the talk of the town.

If you have some money-saving tips for a great wedding, we would like to hear from you in the comment area.

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