Have a low cost wedding by following this simple step by step guide.
It is estimated that the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. is just above $22,000. The expense leads many to take on an extra job or even take on the cost as a form of debt. For those couples wanting to minimize wedding expenses, there are many possibilities, including focusing on the reception – typically the biggest expense of a wedding.
Keep your guest list to a minimum. It will reduce the size of space you'll need and the number of people to feed.
Hold your reception at a friend or family member's home, a restaurant or park. These venues can be much less expensive than a hotel, country club or private spot.
Opt for cocktails and hors d' hoeuvres or a buffet dinner over a three-course meal.
Serve beer, wine and soft drinks rather than a full open bar.
Dress for less. Rather than spending top-dollar for an extravagant designer gown, consider buying an affordable dress off the rack, wearing a formal gown or cocktail dress on your big day, renting your wedding wardrobe or buy a used gown in like-new condition.
Enlist family and friends to take photos, hiring a pro only for the ceremony.
Print your own wedding invitations from your own home PC. Many companies are now offering modern and classy designs at affordable, do-it-yourself rates.
Buy wholesale flowers, or pick stems from a flower garden.
Stick with simple gold or silver wedding bands.