Stop Overspending On These Wedding-Related Things

 

Weddings are once in a lifetime events that signify beginnings and possibilities. On the ceremony and reception, the couple can either stick to a reasonable budget or waste their savings.

 

Remember that the essence of marriage rests on the loving relationship between the husband and wife from the wedding day/s until the rest of their lives. Budget your money in accordance with your long-term goals.

 

1. Invitations

 

To kick off the ultimate celebration, couples opt to announce their good news by sending out some invitations. Invitations are sweet and adorable. However, personalized wedding invitations can take a toll on your wallets especially if you are planning to invite hundreds of people. This is not an exaggeration! You may realize that having over 100 guests is a norm if you have attended several Filipino weddings in the past.

 

If you are planning an off-shore or a destination wedding and reservations are crucial, a budget-friendly alternative is to make a private group on Facebook and post the detailed instructions there. Do this as a form of courtesy as your guests have to make travel and work arrangements in advance.

 

You may also make your own wedding invitations by printing free templates that are available online. I recommend starting with greetingsisland.com.

 

2. Shoes

 

Most wedding dresses have trains that are cascading to the floor. With long dresses, you can barely see the brides’ shiny (and probably expensive) shoes. These shoes can be a tad uncomfortable too. This is why some brides switch to slippers in the middle of the ceremony. Changing to something more comfortable is not only a waste of your time but also a waste of your money.

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Purchase a pair of shoes that are affordable yet durable and comfortable. Your beautiful shoes shall not cause you to fall down the aisle nor shall you spend most of your honeymoon healing your swollen feet.

 

3. Diamond Rings

 

The common misconception is that giving a diamond engagement ring has been a longstanding tradition. However, it became deeply rooted into pop-culture only when the diamond cartel called De Beers advertised their diamond engagement rings.

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Adding the hefty nature of jewelry and the highly emotional event can result to overspending. Let us face it! Guests can perceive you as a cheap individual if you spend less on cubic zirconia rings. This is why people often rationalize their spending when it comes to these diamond rings.

 

Fortunately, there is another way to bring down its prices. Negotiate with the jeweler and ask if he or she is willing to change the settings of your desired ring. Settings include the 4C’s: cut, carat, color, and clarity.

 

4. Table Pieces

 

Table pieces such as chocolate fountain or ice sculpture can bring pizzazz to the reception but, they are merely novelty.

 
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You can proceed with the celebrations with or without them. To be frank, majority of people do not notice these small details to begin with. This is why you can downgrade on the the budget allocation for these table pieces when you are planning your own wedding.

 

5. Venue

 

Selecting the most suitable venue for you and your beloved is one of the most important choices that you will make when planning for your wedding. Much like wedding cars, venues are outrageously priced! Many couples fall into the trap of going over budget due to insisting on a venue that they cannot afford.

 
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This is why it is important to weigh your options and find strategies that work in accordance with your means. For starters, consider conducting your ceremony at halls. Perhaps one of the cheapest options, halls are a blank canvas with which only your imagination is the limit.

 

Related article: Choosing a Venue for an Australian Wedding

 

6. Gifts

 

The perceptions of the guests are as important as the perceptions of the bride and groom. This is why most people go above and beyond when it comes to their wedding gifts. However, this shall not always be the case.

 

A good place to start is the gift registry. Find an item that fits your budget and purchase it. This way, your hard-earned money will not go to waste as the couple thought of the item by themselves.

 

And if the only items on the list exceeds your budget, seek the support of your friends. Each of you can chip in a portion of cash to purchase an impressive gift such as airplane tickets to Singapore.

 

From ice sculptures to diamond rings, there are some wedding-related items that people spend too much on. You need to take everything into account. List down all your expenses and allocate a certain amount of money per category. Realistic or reasonable budget is a tool that you need to combat overspending.

Anna Agoncillo

Anna is a Registered Psychometrician and a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom. Earning a bachelor's degree with honors in Psychological Studies, lead her to a career of writing and teaching. She is also the author of the new book entitled Psychology of Love, Money, & Life.

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