If you recently became engaged, you may have just begun the process of planning your dream wedding. And while planning can be really exciting, it can also be overwhelming, especially if you are working with a tight wedding budget. Fortunately, we’re here to share a few helpful tips for keeping your budget on track, while still creating a gorgeous day.
Get By With a Little Help from Your Friends
Once you have budgeted for your biggest items, like your dream wedding venue, wonderful catering and a great photographer, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed at how much there still is left to do and buy.
But this is where it helps to have great friends, ones willing to help in any way they can.
If you have a lot of talented friends, don’t be afraid to call in a few favors. Better yet, simply say “yes,” when people offer you their services for free, or at deep friends and family discounts.
We’re not saying you should trust your aunt with a digital camera to serve as your official wedding photographer, and we’re definitely not suggesting you ask your second cousin’s boutique bakery for a free three-tiered wedding cake! But, if your grandma is an exceptional seamstress who has offered her services, you could save a few hundred dollars allowing her to make your alterations instead of going through a bridal shop. And if your best friend happens to be your usual hairdresser, why go to someone else on your wedding day (unless you want her there strictly as moral support, that is)?
While it can be incredibly tacky (and sometimes straight up rude) to ask people you don’t regularly speak to for huge favors, in order to host a budget wedding, it’s perfectly acceptable to allow close friends and family to help in the ways they can, and especially ways they have offered. From baking cupcakes to hand lettering invitations, your best pals will likely