Summer is just around the corner and wedding season is nearly in full swing. Whether you are in the early stages of planning your big day or putting the final arrangements together, you likely understand the financial commitment your nuptial arrangements require. From deposits and reservation fees to clothing, food, decorations and other expenses, weddings are costly affairs. However, recent trends show that when it comes to wedding spending, couples are cutting back and keeping things simple. Since wedding spending peaked in 2007 at roughly $30,000, the cost of the average American wedding has dramatically fallen to roughly $20,000 reports BankRate, and millions of couples are spending even less to say “I do”.
Many couples have discovered that it’s easy to cut wedding costs and still manage to make their special day as memorable as can be. Here are a few tips for planning a Windham County wedding on a budget.
- Prioritize. During the planning phase it is not uncommon for the wish list to grow and expand far beyond your means, however setting a clear list of top priorities can help guide couples in making spending and planning decisions. It can also help keep couples focused on what is truly important to them.
- Limit the guest list. Keeping the guest list as concise as possible can drastically reduce costs for venues and the reception. Most caterers, restaurants and banquet halls charge per-person, which means that every head counts when planning your special day. Limiting the number of guests to close friends and family, can not only ease some of the financial burden but also some of the stress and pressure associated with the event as well. After all, it is your special day and you should share it with those you truly want to.
- Be flexible about the time. According to theKnot.com, a wedding planning resource, holding the ceremony during non-peak season months, typically any time between Nov. 1 to roughly March 31, can save couples up to thousands on rates for venues, photographers, officiates, bands and other event services.
- Do a little D-I-Y. Couples can often save money by creating their own invitations, announcements, save the dates, place-cards, and even wedding favors. Doing so can not only be more cost effective, it also gives the couple a great opportunity to bring a little character and extra personality into their event.
When planning a wedding, it is often the unanticipated challenges that can cost a couple dearly. Luckily Connecticut Wedding Insurance is a specialty insurance policy designed to protect brides and grooms from certain risk exposures and financial responsibilities they face as hosts of a special event. These policies are designed to protect against specific types of claims arising from accidents taking place during the wedding, reception, and rehearsal. Depending on the policy and inclusions, it can also offer protection for couples from damage to the facility caused by a guest or vendor, bodily injury to guests they are found liable for, and alcohol-related accidents. At Byrnes Agency we specialize in providing complete special event insurance coverage and other personal insurance solutions for Windham and New London Counties. For more information about how to protect your Windham County wedding contact us today.