The Wedding Trap
published August 28th, 2014
Throwing an elaborate wedding bash is all well and good if you have an ample budget, but with the cost of weddings today that’s not always attainable. You’ll soon find the costs mounting, especially on those “little” things that always add up. So the best way to save money on your wedding is to “prune” that list down to the the bare essentials. If you’re on a tight budget it’s even more important to ask yourselves what you need for the big day and what you want. You may find the “want” list is the straw that breaks the camels back, or in this case the small payment that takes you well into your overdraft facility.
If you ask any married couple what they wished they’d done differently for their big day, then a high percentage would probably say they exceeded their budget by spending money on things they could have really done without. Let’s face it, a lot of tat is available on the market that is really just surplus to requirements. The wedding industry will tell you that you need it, but you only have to take a quick glance at what’s available on the market and you’ll soon realise you’re being hoodwinked.
So what are the main culprits when it comes to meaningless money wasters on your wedding day?
Wedding favors can be a good way of saying “thank you” to your guests and provide them with a nice keepsake of your wedding celebrations. They can also be an expensive, meaningless piece of tat that will probably find the trash can or take up valuable space in your desk drawer, buried beneath a pile of bank statements that are destined for the recycling bin.
The best kinds of wedding favors are probably the edible variety like muffins or a small pot of jam or honey. If time permits you may even wish to venture down the “handmade” route as this could save you a small fortune. Even something as simple as a CD containing the “soundtrack” to your big day is a personal touch that won’t cost the earth. Once the CD is uploaded to iTunes it could even make a useful coaster.
Lavish wedding cakes can also be the icing on the cake that makes the cake collapse. Sure the cake may look great and make for some good photos that will get a lot of attention on social networking sites, but is it really necessary to order a cake that feeds the 5,000 when you only have 100 guests? Bearing in mind that cakes go for $2-$15 a slice then those extra slices certainly add up!
Small cakes can look equally impressive, while a good cake topper such as a tiered formal centrepiece can really add to the effect.
Wedding mementos can be really nice, but how many do you need? A simple wedding album would probably suffice, and storing your wedding dress could make a nice family heirloom. Beyond that you’re venturing into Overkill Avenue. As cheesy as this may sound it’s far better to leave room in your home to create new memories than fill it to the rafters by creating a shrine to your big day.
The more bodies you have the more mouths you need to feed. The Wedding Party is usually around 8-12 bridesmaids and groomsmen that play a role at your wedding, but how many do you really need? Each one of the attendants requires a bouquet or boutonniere, a thank you gift, and an invitation to the rehearsal dinner and various other parties. It’s difficult when you’re trying to “people please” and trying not to leave anyone out, but omitting a few bridesmaids and groomsmen could potentially save you hundreds of dollars.
Finally, there’s the bride and groom swag. The sweatshirts and tracksuits bearing the slogans “bride” and “groom” have a certain novelty appeal, but the novelty will soon wear a bit thin (possibly after about a week). As for the best man, do you really think he’ll be seen in public with that cowboy hat with “Best Man” emblazoned upon it? He’ll wear it at your wedding to be polite, but beyond that it’ll be slowly digested by moths.