Spring is in the air and as the mild Arizona winter "chill" drops away, love birds across the state are planning for the most popular time of year: wedding season.
Here, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union offers tips to keeping your budget on track as you plan for your big day. First and foremost, experts say to develop a budget and stick to it. There are plenty of tips and tricks to help you cut costs where needed:
1) The Dress: Consider a used wedding dress from sites like Tradesy.com or PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com for substantial savings on a dress that's only been worn once. Mass retailers are also getting in on the wedding gown trade, and offer dresses at lower price points. Consider Anthropologie (BHLDN), J. Crew and BCBG for gowns at price points between $500-$2,000.
2) The Venue: Consider getting married at an off-peak time of the season or during the week. In Arizona, substantial savings can be had if you're willing to tie the knot during our warmer summer months, and many venues typically offer a discount for mid-week dates.
3) What to Serve: If you're having a formal sit down dinner, provide a limited number of choices for your guests. Often times, just prepping for the option of another dish can add $15 per person to your catering bill. Your bar tab can be a great place to save money. Consider offering a memorable signature cocktail, and a small selection of beer and wine to keep costs down. Finally, skip the champagne toast and allow your guests to toast to the bride and groom with whatever they're drinking at the time.
4) What to read: Read the fine print! Careful examination of contracts may catch clauses, extra corkage fees, security fees and more. Make sure you have a full and thorough understanding of what you sign with every vendor and venue to make sure your budget stays in tact.
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