How many of us know someone with a big rock on her finger but when you ask her when the big date is she cannot tell you. You ask why no date has been set and she says it is because she doesn’t know when she will actually be able to afford the cost of a wedding.
This makes me mad because it isn’t right. People should not have to put their lives on hold because of a tradition of overspending on weddings. Why should a young couple be expected to be able to afford a wedding that costs on average $25,000 in the USA? That is as much as a lot of us make in a year! How can we be expected to keep up with our bills and still save a year’s worth of money to pay for our wedding? And it’s not like that’s the only thing we are expected to save up for! We should also be saving up for a downpayment on a house, a car (because who knows when the beater we’re driving now is going to finally give up the ghost!), and the expense of a baby. And chances are we are already indebted to some bank that helped us get our first car and paid for our student loans.
I’m telling you that if you are waiting to get out of debt and actually be able to afford a $25,000 wedding then you are going to be waiting an awfully long time!
So, what’s a girl to do?
Should we just go deeper into debt?
Or should we go to the court house and sign some papers and skip the expense of a photogenic wedding ceremony and the memories of the clinking crystal at our wedding reception?
I think not!
There is a growing tide of brides who are getting wise to the fact that they can have their cake and eat it too. There is no reason a couple with a bit of wedding planning smarts can’t successfully plan their dream wedding ceremony and reception at just a tiny fraction of what other couples are paying for similar weddings.
We have attended a bunch of weddings and they are usually the typical $20,000 to $30,000 weddings that brides plan while tightly closing their eyes to the long-term effect such expense is going to have on their lives.
Well, we planned a wedding that was every bit just as nice as those bookoo-dollar weddings for just $2,000 (No, I didn’t forget a zero!). In fact, we thought it was even nicer but that is just because it was exactly what we wanted in our wedding. And we don’t have a cent of wedding debt — just happy wedding memories.
Now, if you know someone who feels like they are between a rock and a hard place — they want to get married and move forward with the next stage of their lives but they also want to be money wise and not get tangled up in more debt — then you should send them to our wedding planning on a budget super smart strategies page where they can read all about our dream wedding and how we did it and how your friend can also plan their dream wedding at whatever budget fits their comfort level. They will be forever grateful and you will be happy to see them fulfilling all their dreams. Here are some of the reports we have been getting from brides who planned their dream weddings without breaking the bank by following our guidance…
“I started reading the second I opened it. It is great! I started to ckeck out the sites you offered and guess what? I found two dresses for under $300!
We set a budget for $5,000 but we are noticing that we will not need $5,000 for our wedding after all!
I am saving on a lot of things. The bridesmaids’ dresses are under $100. I am having 3 BMs. I got a photographer for $500. The hall is $1,500 with set up and servers plus bridal suite included. We are doing our own centerpieces. We bought 26 vases for about $22.
After planning my wedding i will take classes to become a wedding planner.”
~ Sandra from Philadelphia, PA where the cost of a wedding would normally have been between $17,603 and $29,338
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“The wedding planning is going really great. Your tips have helped out a lot. We actually looked at a couple dresses in a dress store here in town and found one that we fell in love with. We came back home and looked through a link that came as a bonus with your wedding guide and found that we could order the same dress for $600 dollars less.
I’m really looking forward to planning the rest of my big day with your help and I would say the purchase of your book has already more than paid for itself and that’s only with the purchase of my wedding dress.
Thanks so much for everything that you guys are doing. Adam and I are very young and just got out of the education phase of our lives, so you can imagine that our funds are not exactly overflowing. You are giving us hope that we can have the wedding we really want without having to worry about financial issues shortly after we say i do. I am a strong believer that the wedding does not make the marriage, but I feel that I don’t have to give up the dreams that I have for my special day due to finances. Keep up the great work because I feel that you guys are making dreams come true for many girls like myself who feel that they have to compromise their desire for something so trivial as money. Thanks again for all you guys have done and will continue to do.” ~ Karly from Marion, IA
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“I found your website because I was frantic thinking about my newly engaged daughter’s wedding.
Thanks to you, I can plan my way to saving yet giving her the wedding she wants and deserves! Thank You!” ~ Denise from Oklahoma City, OK
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