Wedding costs are on the rise. In 2017, the average wedding cost $27,000. By 2018, that cost had increased to more than $44,000; a 62% increase. With the ever-increasing costs of having a wedding, many couples can’t afford to go all out. Here are a few tips for throwing an inexpensive wedding.
Skip the Wedding
With the exorbitant costs of weddings, many couples simply decide they’d rather use that money on more important things. They go to their local government seat and have a city hall wedding. While simple, they can involve their closest relations (moms and dads, sisters and brothers) to share in the event. Then they can have a separate reception afterward and invite their extended family and friends. The money they save on skipping a big wedding ceremony can go to a vacation or a down payment on a house.
Get Hitched in Vegas
Another option that is growing in popularity is flying to Las Vegas and getting married there. The most expensive wedding package in most Las Vegas chapels is a tiny fraction of what it costs to do a full wedding ceremony. Most chapels even accommodate a decent-sized guest list. If you want a significant step up from a city hall wedding, consider getting married through one of the Las Vegas chapel packages.
Throw a Frugal Wedding
If you want a big wedding but don’t have a huge budget, try throwing a frugal wedding. Instead of hiring a wedding planner, do the planning yourself. Limit your guest list to keep costs lower. Find a restaurant to cater instead of hiring a wedding caterer. Pre-plan your wedding music yourself instead of hiring a band or DJ. Instead of renting a popular wedding reception hall, think outside the box and rent a hall or church auditorium.
Weddings can be very expensive. If you can afford it and want the big, dream wedding, congratulations and enjoy. If that is out of your budget, though, try one of these cost-saving tips.