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Wedding planning budget includes saving money

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Did Donald Trump set a wedding planning budget?
Wedding planning budget includes saving money.

Wedding planning budget includes thinking out of the box. Spring vs. Winter.

It takes a wedding planning budget to create a dream event that doesn’t break the bank. An idyllic spring wedding is what many young girls dream of. With millions of couples getting engaged competition to book an ideal venue can be a challenge for engaged couples.

The wedding season rush isn’t the most advantageous move when a wedding planning budget is being set.

Instead of following the throngs of thousands scrambling to secure wedding arrangements during the spring high season. Look to real estate mogul Donald Trump for an age-old tip for saving money on wedding plans. A winter wedding.

Spending an estimated $1 million on a wedding isn’t by any means frugal. But it is when the Donald and his now wife Melania held their winter wedding. That’s the secret sauce to saving money on a spring wedding.

The average wedding cost in the U.S. is approximately $27,800.

Unless a generous portion of this expense is gifted by close family and friends a majority of couples simply do not have that much money. Remember it is a one-day affair with upfront costs. This reality leads to a host of other financial hardships down the line. Like paying down credit card balances. Delaying bigger marital decisions like buying a home. Or starting a family.

A spring wedding has a premium attached to virtually every detail. The high demand of the season pushes prices up. And availability of services down for competing brides- and grooms-to-be.

Lynette Kittle of Colorado Springs, Colorado in the USA married her husband on January 3rd in Ohio. In the middle of a blizzard. The weather may have been harsh but she recognized the financial benefits of a winter wedding during the planning process.

In the winter months after the holidays, chapels and reception facilities are usually a reduced price. More options dates are usually available. Kittle shares that planning for a winter honeymoon is also cheaper. Many resorts offer lower rates and special packages when they have a lower occupancy.

January winter weddings represent only five percent of U.S. weddings held each year. Which leaves couples with more playing power when it comes to booking their dream wedding.

Wedding planning budget includes saving money.

3 Ways to Save Money on a Wedding in Winter.
Potential savings on winter weddings varies from city to city or country to country. A wedding planning budget for a winter wedding can expect to save money that a spring wedding simply does not offer.

#1. Venue and Rental Mark-Offs.
Since the peak season for weddings is typically spring, winter months January through March are particularly slow for popular venues. For this reason management is more likely to negotiate rates.

Many venues offer off-season rates.

#2. Cut the Guest List.
Couples can save themselves the guilt of cutting down a guest list. Some guests inadvertently take themselves off the list.

A winter wedding can kill two birds with one stone. Guests are less likely to travel because of weather issues and holidays.

If you are planning a winter destination wedding in a warmer climate the opposite holds true. You may get more people than you expected. This would attend raise your budget.

#3. Seasonal Decor.
Flowers account for up to 10 percent of wedding costs. Consider planning a winter wedding closer to the holidays. A church or reception venue may already have décor up.

Your floral and decoration budget could be minimal. Because winter evokes warm feelings, a candle centerpiece with limited floral works well in the atmosphere of a winter wedding.

A winter wedding does require a bit of flexibility when it comes to photo-ops. It has less opportunity for natural lighting. But depending on the talent of your photographer it can be as appealing as a spring wedding for a fraction of the cost.

Photo courtesy of Fabrice Lambert via Wiki Commons.

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