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During Poor Economic Times, Brides Find Ways to Cut Wedding Costs

During difficult times, couples are looking for ways to reduce the cost of their wedding.  Learn 5 great ways to trim your wedding budget without sacrificing style.

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It comes as no surprise to many that the United States is not in very good financial shape.  The nation is currently in a major housing crisis with more homes entering foreclosure every day coupled with rising unemployment rates.  With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that some engaged couples are starting to delay their nuptials by a year or even more.  For those couples who are getting married, there has been a huge trend toward downsizing and cutting the wedding budget.   In general, couples still want to have beautiful, stylish weddings but now they are looking for creative ways to make it happen.


For that to occur, creativity starts in the planning stages of a wedding.  The wedding industry has started to see more brides scouring the internet for information and relying less on formal planners to help them.   There are some wedding planers who have created a “do-it-yourself bridal planning package.”  For a much smaller fee, brides will meet with a wedding planer and have a conversation about budgeting and expectations.  The consultant will then create a package for the bride that will serve as her road map as she plans the wedding herself. 


In an effort to cut costs, many are looking for things they can do themselves from creating their own wedding invitations and table centerpieces to full on decorations for both the ceremony and reception sites.  Also brides are looking at wedding venues that have natural beauty within and do not require any additional decorations to make the wedding beautiful.


Another way brides have been scaling down is by choosing wedding flowers that are both local and in season versus importing them.   The size of both the bridal bouquet and the bridesmaids’ bouquets has also shrunk.  In years past, many brides carried gorgeous, flowing cascading bouquets while today, many brides are opting for smaller bouquets.  The size of the bridesmaids’ bouquets has also shrunk and in many cases they carry just a few flowers wrapped in ribbon. 


Wedding Photography is an area where couples are cutting costs.  Videography is now often seen as a luxury rather than a necessity.  Also, instead of hiring a photographer to the tune of a $3,000-$5000, brides are scouring places like Craigslist for photographers that may not have a lot of experience and charge quite a bit less.  Also with today’s technology, couples are opting for their wedding pictures to be placed on a CD where they can print pictures off themselves versus having the photographer do it. 


Finally, one of the biggest trends tends to be with the time of the event.  Traditionally, the preferred wedding date is Saturday afternoon or evening.  Now more brides are opting for Sunday or Friday evening weddings because they can typically catch a financial break on catering costs.  Additionally, more brides are looking to host earlier receptions due to the same reasons. 


Like many other areas in our current economyBusiness Management Articles, the wedding industry is not immune.  Couples may be faced with less available money for their event but that doesn’t mean the wedding can’t go on; it just means everyone has to compromise a little and get a lot more creative. 


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Gina Curtis is the creator of  She has written numerous articles on weddings and wedding planning.

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