Skip These Wedding "Necessities" And Save Big

Going for the gold when it comes to your wedding is certainly something you can relate to, but how much money do you really need to spend to throw yourself the wedding of your dreams? It's simply, really. You can cut out anything that you don't think will meet your needs.

'Save the Date' Cards

There really isn't a good reason to send out these cards anymore, especially when you can send out invitations instead. Not only are you telling people when your wedding will be held, but you also get the response you need in one swift move.

Average Savings: $188 for "other stationary," which may also include name cards

Gift Registries

Gift registries are typically free; however, many couples spend too much time focusing on which items should be on the registry when they could be more productive doing something else to prepare. While some find a gift registry to be helpful, there are others who find it to be a bit presumptuous. This one is a personal decision.

Average Savings: $0 (But lots of time)

A Big White Dress

When you think about the amount of time you might spend wearing a wedding gown in proportion to the amount you spend on it, buying an expensive dress might seem a bit silly. Many women have affordable weddings by wearing less formal dresses. Cheap wedding dresses are often casual, but that does not make them any less beautiful.

Average Savings: $1,505

Engagement Parties

Yes, it is fun to celebrate the fact that you are newly engaged, but how much money do you want to spend to be able to do this? If you do want to have a celebration, that is completely fine. On the other hand, you might want to consider the amount of money you save on your party and how it could be put to use on your reception.

Average Cost: $1,000 – 5,000

A Giant Wedding Party

The bigger the wedding party, the more money you are going to spend on your wedding. You might need to spend money on clothing, accessories, hair and makeup for the people in your party. It is wise to ask only the people you really want to be in your wedding to join. It is meant to be an honor, after all!

Average Savings: Varies

A Band

Do you really like live bands at wedding receptions? DJs are increasingly common in weddings, often because they play a wider variety of music that everybody can enjoy. They can also be quite a bit cheaper.

Average Savings: $953

It is never easy to put together a huge ceremony or reception, but it is well worth the time to put together an event that you look forward to. There's also nothing wrong with saving some money along the way!