Even if you aren’t someone who has been planning her wedding since she was little, it’s understandable that you want the day to be perfect. From the meticulously planned marriage ceremony to the ribbons in your flower girl’s hair, every detail matters. Unfortunately, most details are also expensive, especially if you want to have them taken care of professionally.
This is true no matter where or when you get married. All seasons, weddings are expensive.
By now you’ve probably read at least a dozen different articles on how to reduce the cost of your wedding. You’re probably tired of being told to have your marriage ceremony in your living room and your reception in your back yard. You know that you can save money on your wedding reception by buying veggie and deli trays from the store instead of having a professionally catered meal.
But have you thought about the following money-savings options?
Want perfect hair on your wedding day but don’t want to pay a fortune for it?
Take a Hair Styling Course
You want your hair (and everybody else’s hair, really) to be perfect, and you know that you lack the skills to do your hair yourself. Instead of shelling out a bunch of money for a stylist’s services for the day, why not take a hair styling course?
Lots of stylists and beauty schools offer all seasons wedding hair styling classes to brides (and maids of honor) and grooms (and best men). These classes usually only take a few hours and cost less than you would pay for a pro’s services for an afternoon.
Even if you don’t want to do your own hair, you can ask someone from your wedding party to take the class. Though…if you do take the class, this gives you a skill that you can market to earn some extra money to help pay off that wedding debt!
Perfect pictures on a budget? Possible!
Take a Wedding Photography Course
Obviously you’re not going to be taking your own wedding photos. But you have a friend who loves photography, right? Paying for that person to take a course in wedding photography and portraits is going to be way cheaper than paying for a professional photographer’s services for the day. Plus, you’ll probably have more control over how your wedding photos turn out (and not have to choose among the shots that were taken based on your budget).
Like with the hair styling course, this gives your photographer a new skill that he or she can market to help bring in some extra cash. He or she might even spring for the cost of the class as a wedding gift to you. (Don’t ask for this, but feel free to take it if it is offered!)
Pinterest is a treasure trove for money-saving wedding ideas. You’ll be amazed at how many DIY tutorials there are for everything from making your own wedding cake to saving money on tailoring and decorations. Even if you aren’t particularly crafty (or don’t have faith in your artistic abilities), there are likely going to be a few things you can do yourself, like making your own wedding favors, that can save you a ton of money.
Have you found some creative ways to save money on your wedding and reception? Share them in the comments!