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Brides and grooms have unique expectations from their wedding days, each committed to particular ways of recognizing the special occasions.  As a result, there is no standard approach to wedding planning.  In fact, there are only a few universal concepts at play for wedding-planners, which are embellished with individual wants and needs.

Fortunately for brides and grooms there are money saving opportunities on the table, regardless of your budget.  By minding the details and sticking to some proven money saving principles, brides and grooms enjoy special wedding days without overspending on wedding venues and services.  If you are preparing for your special day, consider the following money saving approaches to land the best value possible.

Maintain a Comprehensive Viewpoint

Successful wedding planning requires attention to detail, ensuring each aspect of your wedding is fully accounted for.  On the other hand, to pull-off a memorable event, it is important to never lose sight of the big picture. Placing too much emphasis on minor details can lead to big problems when grander concerns are overlooked, so your best approach is striking a balance between major wedding day concerns and the specifics driving individual decisions.

As you prepare to get married, start by answering some of the broad questions tied to your special day.  How many people will be attending?  Where will you hold your wedding reception?  When would you like to get married?  Refine your planning further by following up with more specific concerns.  What menu items would you like to include with your wedding meal?  Does it make sense to invite fewer guests, in order to serve higher quality food to a limited number of people?  Or should you offer a buffet instead, enabling you to include a wider selection of friends and family members on your guest list?  Each question you answer helps define your overall budget, and highlights money saving opportunities you might be able to incorporate into your wedding planning effort.

One of the primary areas of discretion during wedding preparations is deciding who to invite to your reception.  Crafting a wish-list of potential guests helps brides and grooms with a starting point, which can be refined as costs and other considerations begin to firm-up.  As you take your wedding needs to various vendors and look at possible venues, the size of your guest list plays an important role, so it is important to have a ball park figure in mind before you start serious planning.  In reality, the cost of feeding and entertaining guests catches many first-time wedding planners off-guard, so guest lists commonly shrink as planners begin to absorb the true costs associated with the special occasion.  Maintaining an open-ended approach, to accommodate as many guests as your reception facility will hold, surely ends in overspending.

Once you have a prospective guest list in mind, it is possible to shop venues, looking for facilities that match-up closely with your party size.  Renting large halls for small, intimate gatherings leaves money on the table, so it is important to synch your venue with the number of guests attending your wedding.

Keep it Simple for Savings

From ornate ice sculptures, to over-the-top menu items, extravagant selection lead to higher wedding costs and make it difficult for some brides and grooms to make ends meet.  To save money, start with a relatively simple approach that accounts for the main points you’ll need covered on your special day.  You can always add individual niceties once the main framework is budgeted, which is a much more realistic approach than throwing a wedding party you cannot afford, and then struggling to pay for it later.

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