Budgeting for a wedding can be stressful, but actually having to pay for it, check by check, over the course of several months, is often downright painful. There are typically so many vendors to pay — from caterers to florists…
Last weekend, I married my Canadian sweetheart in a casual ceremony, surrounded by our closest friends and family. Less than a week later, I’m still having a hard time processing how much we actually spent on an event that lasted just a little more than five hours.
I’m still not ready to tally up the final number. However, here’s a hint: We spent nowhere near the average cost of a U.S. wedding, which hit $27,021 in 2011, according to TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com. However, thanks to the generosity of my family and the sudden rush of wedding fever that comes with being newly engaged, we spent a lot more than the $5,000 that I originally had in mind.
If you, too, are knee-deep in wedding planning or are just recently engaged, here are some hard-won tips for keeping your own wedding costs from spiraling out of control.