When my daughter Victoria announced her engagement last fall, my first thought was how wonderful the news was. And my second was more related to recent numbers I had read about how much the average wedding costs today, which in Canada is now a whopping $42,400. The key word here is “average.” For every high-priced wedding, there are many that come in below that number. How do you throw the wedding of your dreams but not have a huge amount of debt to deal with afterwards? This became our quest. My daughter and her fiancé Braden came up with some inventive ways to save money, and I reached out to some experts on saving money to see what we could do.
Here are some easy ways to help you stretch your dollar on your special day.
1) Decide what is important to you
Flowers? Dress? Music? Make a priority list and stick to it. “We decided that wedding favours were one thing we could easily eliminate,” said Victoria. Her priorities did include the venue, a photographer, the dress, and a vegan gourmet meal. “We cut back on the flowers as well,” she said, which really helped with budget planning. You also need to decide exactly who to invite before any planning can begin because the numbers drive most of the cost.
2) Leverage the second-hand economy
When it comes to wedding items, the possibilities and savings are even greater, given most items are used only once and buying new often comes with an inflated price tag for weddings in particular, from décor and dresses, to gifts and accessories and more. Wedding dresses are the most popular wedding-related search on Kijiji. So many Canadian brides are already seeing the value of tapping into the second-hand market. Other popular searches include wedding décor, wedding rings, bride accessories such as veils and shoes, and event equipment such as tents and arches.
The best part is, with one-time-use items like wedding purchases, selling back into the second-hand market after the big day is a great way to save even more by earning back some of the money spent. If you’re looking to make some extra cash off your wedding items, “wedding”-related searches are at their highest between May and August.
3) Find unique accessories to complete your look on budget
DIY and lifestyle expert Denise Wild is all about the accessory: “Save money by finding pre-owned accessories including vintage …
Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada Travel