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How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

‘Tis the season for celebrating love, and the celebrations don’t come cheap. According to the popular wedding website The Knot, the average couple spends $35,000 to walk down the aisle and say, “I do.”

But, before you pull out your pocketbook and write a check for the equivalent of a new car, there are some money savvy ways to cut down costs and still plan the wedding of your dreams!

Invites

For years, couples have sent out wedding invitations in the mail to invite their guests to the big day. Instead of spending money and ordering personalized “Save the Dates” and invites in bulk, try designing them for yourself! There are plenty of free design websites, like Canva, that give you the ability to create templated invites at a fraction of the cost.

Décor

Planning a wedding is all about the details. From the flowers that line the aisle to the table linens and centerpieces at the reception, the details can add up quick. But what happens to it after the reception? You don’t want to shell out thousands of dollars on decorations for one night that will end up collecting dust in your basement. That’s where wedding resale websites come in. Websites like Tradesy give former brides and grooms a space to sell their gently used wedding décor for other brides and grooms to buy at a discount. You’ll be able to find any, and everything for your wedding, including cake toppers, candelabras, bridesmaid dresses, envelope holders, and more, at a fraction of the cost.

Enlist the help of your friends and family

Your friends and family are talented people – ask them to help you out! Know any bartenders? Photographers? Florists? DJs? Ask if any of them would be willing to work your wedding instead of hiring complete strangers. Chances are, they’ll be excited you asked and maybe even cut you a deal!

There’s a lot that goes into wedding planning, and doing it alone can feel overwhelming – to say the least! Team up with Two Rivers Bank & Trust for personal loans, joint checking and savings accounts, and mortgage options.