Saving for that Dream Wedding

Our two year anniversary is coming up.  We were married on April 30, 2011


after being together nearly 12 years.  My husband and I met when I was 17 years old, at a renaissance festival of all places.  For a number of reasons, we simply were not ready to “tie the knot”.  Then in 2009 we finally got engaged and the planning began for our wedding.  My father suggested that we just get married in the courthouse like he and my mother did.  However, like most women, I had dreamed of that magical wedding day my entire life and a courthouse simply would not do.

Saving for a wedding

They say that the average cost of a wedding is over $25,000!! My hus

band and I were barely digging out of the financial mess we had made, and the prospect of saving over twenty thousand dollars to have a big wedding seemed impossible.  I couldn’t imagine where I would get that much discretionary money and that I would spend it on one day.  But then again, looking at my track record of buying outrageously priced items at high interest rates it wasn’t imp

ossible.  Luckily, no one is going to give you a twenty five thousand dollar loan for a wedding.  So, I found myself quickly having to reduce my expectations and look for money saving areas.  Like most people I used a couple wedding websites to plan my strategy for spending and sa

ving.  The two sites I used the most were and they both have useful tools for sorting your guests information, tracking rsvp’s, recording the seating chart and a number of other options.


The first thing I did while planning our wedding was look at the sample budget planner.  I had no clue about all the different things that were “expected” at a wedding and for me

 this was the first step in planning areas to save and spend.  Another thing in many cultures is for family members to contribute to the wedding, either with skills or money.  Lucky for me, I was able to secure a gift of $5000 from my father for the wedding.  I knew that I couldn’t possibly afford a $25,000 wedding but I wanted it to look like one.

Off Season

One of the funny and little known things about wedding planning is that off s

eason dates can vary by as little as one day.  My husband and I had always celebrated May 1st as our anniversary, but if we booked the reception venue I had chosen on April 30

th, we would save nearly $4000.  For having the wedding one day earlier!  Picking the venue for the wedding or reception is really key to planning.  The reception will most likely be the single largest expense you have regardless of whether it is merely an afternoon tea or an extravagant sit down dinner with live band

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