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5 Ways to Budget for your Wedding

5 Ways to Budget for your Wedding

5 Ways to Budget for your Wedding

June 1, 2018

1.) Start saving now
 Instead of waiting for that special someone to pop the question, start saving now! The average age of marriage is 27 for men, and 26 for women. If you start saving for your wedding when you're 20, you'll already be ahead.
 
2.) Time it right
 Think off-season and mid-week, and you'll save a bundle! First, consider a winter wedding. You'll shave thousands of dollars off the venue price by choosing an unusual time of year to get married. Second, think beyond Saturdays. If you can find a church with a vacancy on a Sunday, grab it! Venue prices drop dramatically with just a one-day switch. You can also opt for a mid-week wedding that precedes a national holiday date, like July 4th. This way, your guests will still be able to enjoy the evening without rushing home.
 
3.) Skip the cake
 A slice of dessert for $2.50 that doesn't even taste good? Meh, who needs it? Here are some other ideas:  
  • Fake your cake.  If you can't stomach the idea of a cake-less wedding, ask your baker to fake it for you by creating a false cardboard bottom for your cake and only baking a genuine top layer or two. You'll get the same look without the huge cost. 
  • Set up a dessert bar. You can serve hot waffles, brownies or chocolate chip cookies with ice cream, caramel sauce and a selection of other fun toppings. You'll pamper your guests at a fraction of the cost! 
  • Serve a sheet cake instead. Your guests will be happy to savor a slice - even without all that fondant and frosting. 
4.) Save on your gown
 Save big on your gown by looking for a pre-owned gown on eBay, OnceWed.com or PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com. You can often find a beautiful gown for under $100!
 
5.) Vary your venue
 Save a ton by choosing a venue that has no outside contracts. This way, you can shop around for the cheapest caterer, photographer and DJ. If you really dare to be different, have your wedding in one of these budget-friendly venues:
  • College campus.You might even be able to snag a student discount! 
  • Vacation home. Rent a vacation home and let it serve as your wedding venue, lodging for out-of-town guests and a honeymoon destination for after the wedding.
Cornerstone Credit Union is here to help you find solutions to all of your financial needs. Don’t hesitate to contact us.
 
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