How to Find the Money for Your Wedding

It’s true, weddings can be expensive!   However, there are ways to still get married and not start married life in deep debt.  I have heard nationwide estimates of $27,000 for the average wedding, but here in the St. Louis area, I find that the average cost is closer to $21,000.

Bridal Couple

Bridal Couple

What if you can’t afford to pay for the wedding yourselves?  Most couples share the expense with both families; after all it’s a celebration for both families.  Talk with your families about who will pay for what and ask them to commit to either a certain dollar amount or pay a particular aspect of the wedding – such as flowers, photography, etc.  Another idea is to encourage friends and guests to gift with cash, as most couples already have the basic necessities of everyday life.

Then, of course, you can spend less for your big day – and it’s really doable.  The easiest way to save is to cut down on the number of invited guests.  Quite honestly, smaller intimate wedding can really be a lot more fun and a lot less stress.  You can still have a beautiful dress, flowers and food –and photography, of course, but as the reception can sometimes be as much as 50% of the total budget, this will have a huge impact and can save you significant money.  BrideStLouis.com offers a free Bridal Planner in the Q&A section, so download that to create your budget.

Renee Joshua of Weddings by Renee

Renee Joshua of Weddings by Renee

And, finally come to our workshop on February 16, 2014 at the Holiday Inn – Route 66.  Renee of Weddings by Renee (www.STLWeddingsbyRenee.com) will be there to speak on “Wedding Planning 101- Where to Begin & How to Create a Budget.”  Her seminar is FREE but invaluable in helping you create a beautiful wedding and stay on budget.  Renee, an experienced Wedding Planner, offers Full Service and Day-Of packages and she is an expert on blending a fabulous wedding within your budget.  Full registration information can be found on the home page of www.BrideStLouis.com, and be sure when you register to select her session for some fabulous advice.

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