It’s supposed to be one of the happiest times of your life, but without the right budgeting tips for your wedding, the months leading up to your big day can quickly spiral out of control into being expensive, nerve-wracking and all-around stressful. Luckily, you can keep sticker shock from stealing your thunder with the help of a few quick and easy tips guaranteed to have you focusing more on "I Do" than "IOU." From inviting only close relatives and friends to shopping local for your flowers, these budgeting tips for your wedding will definitely help save you a few precious pennies, and just might help save your sanity, too!
1. Keep the Guest List Short and Sweet
The first in my collection of budgeting tips for your wedding is to limit the guest list to only your nearest and dearest. Hosting a small, intimate affair will not only help keep your food and drink costs at bay, but it will also ensure you actually have time to mingle and celebrate with everyone who comes out to share your day. And isn’t that the point, after all? A smaller guest list can sometimes mean a wider range of creative venue options, too, including art studios, family-run wineries and small-scale restaurants that may not be able to accommodate several hundred people the way a traditional banquet hall can.