Weddings are a big day and there can be pressure (from parents and social media) to do things a certain way. However remember at the end of the day a wedding is a celebration of your life together and so it is important to think about what you really want, understand what it will cost and make your decisions from there.
Your wedding is the start of your life together and spending more than you need to, or even worse,
borrowing money to pay for it will mean that you start your married life financially unfit.
The first and most important tip is to talk about the money (cost) aspect of the wedding with your partner and your respective parents (if they are likely to contribute). It is helpful in this conversation to not only discuss the actually wedding day, but also some of your medium term financial goals such as going on a honeymoon, buying a house or having children. This should put into context that your wedding is only one day in your life and help you to set a realistic budget.
Discuss with your partner and agree on the most important aspects of the wedding from their point of view. It is helpful to put these in order of priority so that it is easier to know what to leave out if you go over budget. You should also discuss which people you believe are most important to celebrate with. It may be hard to leave some people out, but ultimately there is a limit on the number of people that you can include and people generally understand this and shouldn’t be offended.
Other than focusing on the most important aspects and people for your wedding, here are some other general tips to help save money on your big day.
All of the little savings you make can add up, and remember that just because you have set a particular budget for the wedding doesn’t mean you have to spend it all, that money can be put towards other aspects of your life together. Don’t lose sight of the fact that you are staring a marriage and the wedding is only the beginning.