Forbes Magazine, The Knot, and multiple other sources have all spouted a surprising fact about weddings: the average American spends around $25,000 on a wedding. Many brides and grooms have scoffed at the notion of spending the amount they would spend on a brand new car for one day, even if that day is their wedding. In the true spirit of American ingenuity, these brides and grooms have helped create three new trends in weddings that are saving spouses-to-bed tons of money.
You can announce save-the-dates, changes to your wedding, and even list your registry on a wedding website, and you don’t have to pay to build one. There are many wedding websites that can link you to domain names and templates that will help you build your own wedding site for free. If you have any changes to tell your guests about, list them on the website. Guests can sign up for email or even text alerts each time you change the site, which saves you time on calling everyone with the new information. If you have guests that are completely mobile and prefer technology to phone calls and mail, you can even send your invitations to them via email, saving stationary costs and postage. (Don’t do this with all guests, as some wedding etiquette is still required).
Savings: When you consider that an average of $2,000 is spent on stationary, you can cut that in half with electronic options and a wedding website. Not to mention all of the time and hassle you’ll save yourself!
Wedding photographers are expensive, and many people spend hundreds or even thousands on a great photographer for their day. But that trend is going away. Photographs can be easily cropped, edited, and altered to look like a professional did them. For this reason, the old tradition of hiring a photographer for stiff portraits and a six week wait on receiving your pictures is falling by the wayside in favor of amateur photographers that charge a reasonable amount for pictures, don’t make you sit for boring sessions, and can get your pictures to you within a week (some will even post on social media sites within a day or two to give you a preview). If you do choose to use an amateur, make sure they are clear on what you expect from your wedding pictures and plan a schedule with them well in advance.
Savings: The average wedding photographer costs $3,500. An amateur photographer can be as inexpensive as $250, depending on the options you have on your area. Just do your research!
Cupcakes have seen a surge in popularity over the years, and that includes for weddings. Gone are the elaborate, overly iced wedding cakes that are heavy to move, and so sweet they cause toothaches. Cupcakes are in, and they are saving a load of money. You have several options with these. You can make them yourself, buy them plain and decorate them yourself, or order them. Either way, they are all bound to be cheaper than a cake.
Savings: Homemade cupcakes can be done for as little as $75 for 100 guests. Cupcakes bought from a bakery that you decorate yourself can be done for about $150 for 100 guests. Ordered cupcakes for 100 guests can run you around $300. A wedding cake for 100 guests averages $1,200. That’s a large savings that is so sweet!
Planning a weddig on a budget is easier than ever lately with new trends ushering out all the pompous air of stuffy weddings and bringing in fun, budget friendly events you’ll actually enjoy.