Saving Money on a Second Wedding

Costs Can be Contained

By Pat Nowak

You finally met him or her and marriage may be in the future. Your first marriage was likely was quite expensive. It may be unnecessary to repeat, but you still want to celebrate in style. Here are some cost saving tips to help.

Take a look at the guest list Limit the invites to immediate family and a few good friends. You will have more time to spend with  fewer people; making the event more intimate.

Hold the ceremony at home, or outdoors. Instead of an expensive hall, consider using your home for the ceremony, or perhaps a public park. If you’re getting married in a church, ask the church auxiliary for help many will assist in exchange for a small donation.

Ask for services,  not gifts Instead of asking for gifts, ask for services— like landscaping for and outside wedding, or photography during the celebration. Asking family and friends to align their talents with their gift is a great way to get them involved while keeping wedding costs contained.

Catering Costs Rather than a large meal, prepare heavy appetizers and handle your own food preparation with help from family or friends.

Flowers and Invitations You can make beautiful invitations with a computer and a printer. Keep flowers simple but elegant by using flowers from your backyard. If the wedding is in the fall or winter months, lovely silks can do the trick.

Music Create a personalized playlist on your iPod that features a few hours worth of your favorite songs— or see if you have a friend who might want to make a playlist for you.

Beverage selection Instead of opting for a full open bar, save money by offering only beer and wine. If you do rent a function hall, if they’ll let you supply your own alcohol instead of purchasing it from the venue, that can be a big money-saver.

Price shop for decorations Michael’s, Dollar Stores and Hobby Lobby all have sales throughout the year. If you know what you’re looking for ahead of time,  wait until it goes on sale.

Dresses and Tuxedos Instead of buying new dresses, the wedding party can wear a favorite dress . If you don’t want to go the tuxedo route, have your groomsmen wear a dark suit.

Simple Honeymoons Work Best Planning an expensive trip— focus on what matters most: savoring some time with your new spouse. Spend a week or two seeing all of the local sights.

Whatever you do, and however you do it, just enjoy this time of making moment together.

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