Over the years, wedding budgets have skyrocketed and fallen throughout the US as trends have slowly changed and revolved. Brides have gone from steadily choosing that $10,ooo dress and $5,000 dollar to choosing more budget friendly options and having their wedding planners search for cheaper, environment friendly alternatives to make their dreams come true. So what is the average cost of a wedding for 2013? Sources state that the average cost lies around $26,953, not including the expenses for the honeymoon. Of that cost, only 16% of couples are willing to go over that mark and spend around or over $30,000 on all of their expenses.
So, with all this information, what does that say for the budget friendly bride in our midst? It pushes us to inspire ourselves with eco-friendly invitations or opt for an outdoor wedding rather than an elaborate indoor celebration, allowing more room for you and your loved ones and less cash out of your pocket for venue rental.
Bridal gowns and other attire will typically take up about 8-10% of a budget so, planning accordingly and searching for a gown at larger boutiques rather than smaller will help a bride find the gown she is searching for within her wanted price range.
DIY projects are starting to take over the industry by storm in these coming years more than ever, so with the help of a planner and bridal party, opt to create much of your centerpieces (flora not included) or other decor by yourself. Not only do these projects save coins at the bottom line, but they also allow for a sense of togetherness and numerous bonding experiences. Glasses of wine, some music and laughter amongst a set new and old friends always helps bring the stress down for an event as intense as a wedding can be (just keep the wine AWAY from the favors!!).
Since 1924, when the first bridal registry was created, the wedding industry has pushed its way into a $48 billion dollar growing industry. Now, with the numerous amounts of blogs, wedding professionals, television shows and magazine inspiration, creating a wedding fit for a princess in a budget is now easier than ever!!
So, tell us, what other ideas do you have in keeping your bottom line below $30,000?