Molly McCluskey writes in Daily Finance: “How to Have a Dream Wedding on a Practical Budget.”
“Don’t make the mistake in thinking weddings only look one way,” she says. “Most people think weddings are a ceremony, cocktail hour, sit-down dinner and reception with music. Rather than asking how to get a $100,000 wedding for $5,000, reframe it to, ‘How do I spend $5,000 on a party where I’m getting married?'”
The most important thing is to make sure your vision of a perfect wedding doesn’t put you into debt.
“Once the wedding is over, you want it to be over,” she says. “If you’re not able to keep things under control cost-wise, you won’t look back on your wedding as a happy, tangible memory you carry with you into your marriage.”