How to Save $10,000 on Your Wedding

July 13, 2018

How to Save $10,000 on Your Wedding

Serious question: have you ever pictured your DREAM wedding? 👰🏽💗🤵🏻

The location, the menu, the intricate floral design on your wedding dress? Assuming that you have, have you actually considered what your “dream” wedding would cost? Oftentimes, we fantasize about only what we want at our wedding, and not so much about the costs it will take to get us there. According to The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, the average cost of a wedding in the US is $35,329. That’s down-payment-on-a-house-expensive!

No, literally $35,329 is a 20% down payment on a $176,645 house. Let that sink in.

Now, for the good news: you can save an average of $10,631 on your overall wedding by simply cutting these four expenses:

1. Save $883 By Cutting Stationery & Postage

Based on a report by theweddingreport.com, the price for 150 save-the-dates, invitations, response cards, programs, place cards, menu cards, and thank you cards is $750. This isn't including postage 😬You’re looking at $150 to mail those save-the-dates and invitationsplus $75 in postage for the response cardsand $75 in postage to mail thank you cards for a total of $300!

The FREE Alternative

Go paperless with services like Paperless Post! They’ll email up to 2,000 invitations for FREE saving you an average of $883. In addition to e-vites, foregoing unnecessary items such as programs, place cards, and menu cards will save you even more cash. 

Pro Tip: If youmusthave a program, make a sign that doubles as a post-wedding keepsake. See Pinterest for ideas.

Note: Don't cut out 'Thank You' cards

Don’t cut handwritten thank you notes. Mind your manners and show gratitude to the people who helped make your day special.


Figure in about $167 for the cost of the cards with postage.


2. Do Yourself a Favor and Save $268 By Cutting Favors

In terms of etiquette, you’re not required to provide your guests with tiny plastic throwaway versions of anything with your initials on them. No one will miss them.

The No-Cost Alternative

See above - send heartfelt thank you cards.

 

3. Save $8,216 By Going With Affordable Rings!

You could ignore everything else in this article and solely cut ring costs and still save $8,216! That’s because the average engagement ring costs $6,351 as reported by Business Insider.  With the average cost of a pair of wedding bands is $1,975, it'd be a wise decision to find a much more cost-effective solution. 

The $110 Alternative

Invest in affordable wedding rings and rest at ease knowing you can put the money you would have spent on more expensive ones towards your future! With any ring from our unique collection, you'll be able to cross one more thing off of your wedding to-do list with confidence -- your rings will be handcrafted with durable material and the highest grade diamond simulants. At an incredible price range of $20-$60 each, you can even consider purchasing a second set of rings to act as your travel rings (especially for that upcoming honeymoon 😉)!


4. Get a Low-Budget Gown to Save $1,264

The Knot study previously mentioned also puts the average cost of a gown at $1,564. Check out your options for cheaper dresses. You’ll be surprised by what’s out there!

The $300 Alternative

We've heard multiple success stories of gorgeous wedding dresses being purchased from BHLDN, and each one turned heads and multiplied the bride's wow factor by a million! BHLDN has 20+ dresses for less than $300!

There are also tons of inexpensive dresses on Etsy and Amazon.

Savings Breakdown

These expenses are based on national averages and will vary depending on where you live and the type of wedding you’re having. Regardless, here’s the breakdown of how these savings can add up to $10,631 to inspire you to choose cheaper alternatives:

AVERAGE EXPENSES

Stationery & Postage…………………..$1,050

Wedding Favors………………………......$268

Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands...$8,326

Wedding Gown………………………….$1,564


TOTAL…………………………………..$11,208


EXPENSES AFTER CUTS

Stationery & Postage……………………..$167

Wedding Favors………………………..........$0

Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands…...$110

Wedding Gown…………………………....$300


TOTAL……………………………………...$577



AVERAGE EXPENSES TOTAL……...$11,208

EXPENSES AFTER CUTS…….………...$577

TOTAL SAVINGS……………………...$10,631


Now, take this knowledge and have the affordable wedding of your dreams! 💸💍🥂🎉💕


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