Plan your dream wedding on a budget

Congratulations on your engagement! As much as you want to enjoy your time together before tying the knot, the act of budgeting a wedding can take a stressful toll. Fortunately, there are ways to cut down wedding costs without skimping on food or looking too tacky.

Location

Here’s where you can save the most money. You may have already noticed the price of venues seem to skyrocket as soon as you mention the “W” word. If you’re set in having your dream wedding at a specific-styled venue, consider booking during the off-season to see if costs will drop. Trim the price even more by choosing a venue that doesn’t require you to use their vendors. Booking your own vendors could present a lot of opportunity to save money by picking and choosing the best prices. Save money on your reception by hosting it at a restaurant. This will likely exclude the cost of room, furniture, linens, décor etc. so all you’ll have to pay for is the food!

DIY what you can

Even if you’re not the craftiest person out there, there are plenty of video tutorials and wedding DIY inspiration online content that can help you cut down on wedding costs. Whether that be flower arranging, center pieces or wedding favors, a simple search on Pinterest can help you create something you’d be proud of. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Ask your friends and family if they know anyone with hair and makeup skills. These services can come at a hefty price, especially for weddings.

Look for discounts or donations

The tradition of “something borrowed” doesn’t only apply to the bride. Don’t hesitate to ask your friends and family for their gently used wedding items. Oftentimes newlyweds find themselves with a lot of extra wedding materials that are too excessive to keep, but too nice to throw away. So why not accept a donation? Wedding shopping can take place months, even seasons before your big day. Take advantage of after-Valentine’s Day or after-Easter sales to stock up on candy and bright colored décor for a summer wedding.

Let Travis Credit Union help you save for your dream wedding today. Open up a Target Savings Account to start putting aside money each paycheck. The more money you save can help make your big day a lot more special. For more information about our savings accounts and other financial products, visit www.traviscu.org.

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