Not Spending Less, Just Spending Smarter

Are brides to-be spending less on their wedding day in a down economy?

Trends show today’s brides aren’t spending any less than a few years ago on their special day, but they are budgeting and planning smarter what their money is spent on. finds Michigan brides watching their wedding budgets, but not skimping on their big day.  Melissa Anders blogger, fills us in how brides are still spending around the same amount on their wedding day but just watching what their dollar is spent on, she brings in quotes from’s senior editor Kristen Koch and real brides to-be to back up her claims.

“Brides spend almost same amount as pre-recession. We really didn’t see the kind of cost cutting that you would think would happen considering how many people lost jobs and what impact the recession had on the economy,” Koch said.

Anna Collinson planning her September 2nd wedding in Traverse City has bent the budget in certain areas while taking it in in others.  “The dress, which set Collinson back $2,500, was among the most important aspects, along with the venue and photographer.”  For areas to save, “She’s gone to sites like Pinterest and online handmade marketplace Etsy for inspiration and do-it-yourself ideas.”

The post concludes with Koch’s thoughts, “That seems to be the case for many brides, regardless of budget. Couples realize it’s a once-in-a-lifetime affair and would rather cut back in other areas than give up on a fancy wedding.”

With some many online resources for inspiration, planning, cost comparison and ordering brides planning their weddings can be more cost effective.  Many couples set a list of top items to splurge on for their big day.  Once those areas are set they must then find other areas to cut back on costs for everything to still come in under budget.

Splurge on your wedding dress then cut back on your wedding flowers by ordering silk wedding flowers in bulk to create DIY bouquets and wedding flower arrangements.  The article gives a great idea to host an afternoon dessert or cocktail reception to save on the costs of a sit down meal.  Get creative and give yourself several options to work with in each wedding category, finding the best areas to save.

Creative Wedding Savings Ideas

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