As you are planning for your big day, one question will likely enter your mind: How am I supposed to pay for everything?
Those wedding expenses do add up, although, as it’s hopefully a once-in-a-lifetime event for you, there are some things you might not want to skimp on. You will understandably want to make a good impression with the dress you wear, for example. And when it comes to the ring on your finger, you will probably want to pay a little more for something you hope to wear forever. You might want something diamond-encrusted, or the wedding alternative to a beautiful Claddagh engagement ring.
Thankfully, as we discussed here, there are ways to save money on your wedding. But for those things that you don’t want to skimp on, here are just some of the ways you can raise funds for the big day.
#1: Start saving your money now
If you know you’re going to get married soon, you should do all you can to make cutbacks in your life. Now is the time to switch utility providers, cancel subscriptions, and curb your temptation to impulse buy things you don’t need.
Open a wedding saving account with the bank you regularly use and put any extra money you save into it. Set up automatic payments so money goes into the account each month. And find ways to boost your income, perhaps by selling items of furniture you won’t need if you’re moving into your partner’s house, or by decluttering and selling items if they’re moving in with you. Put the money you make into your savings account so you can have more to spend on your wedding.
#2: Use your wedding registry
Your wedding registry is a useful way to get the things you need for your new home, but you don’t always need to ask for the traditional wedding gifts that people might buy you.
Instead of asking for toasters, waffle ovens, etc, you could ask people to contribute to your wedding. They could pay for the limo service or purchase some of the foods and drinks you will need for the catering. You could also ask people for cash gifts. This way, you could put the money into your wedding fund and use it to pay for some of the things on your wedding checklist.
#3: Crowdfund your wedding
As an alternative to a traditional wedding registry, you could ask people to contribute via a crowdfunding site. After all, people use these sites to ask for all kinds of weird and wonderful things, so their sole purpose isn’t only for charitable causes.
Of course, you don’t want people to think of you as a charity case. But if they were going to buy you gifts anyway, you can let them know that you still appreciate their giving, but by donating to your wedding fund instead of buying you something physical. With sites such as Patchwork, you can also ask people to contribute to your honeymoon fund as well as your wedding fund.
These are just some of the way to raise funds for your dream wedding, without the need to take out a costly loan to pay for your big day. But no matter how you fund your wedding, we hope you have a fabulous day that you’ll remember forever!