Weddings are one of life’s most highly anticipated milestones, but they are also one of the most expensive. With the average wedding cost in America being around $27,000 back in 2012, weddings certainly don’t come cheap. If you’re getting married, it’s highly likely that you’ve asked yourself the same question everyone else does – “How am I going to fund my wedding?”
And even if you’re planning a low budget wedding, you’re probably still surprised at the astronomical costs required for even a simple ceremony and reception. Fortunately, even if you can’t fund the wedding out of pocket, raising money for a wedding isn’t completely impossible. Here are some ideas for how to get money for a wedding and how to save on a few items. You can hire a photography student from a local college for photography, and you can make your own invitations.
Set Up a Donation Website
If you’ve got some online skills, why not set up a wedding donation website? Individual wedding websites are pretty dang popular these days, and adding an online donation box is definitely a socially acceptable action, especially in this day and age. To increase chances that you’ll be able to raise some funds, try to explain the story of why you and your partner are so set on getting married, even though money is tight, and use words and stories that will pull friends and family members’ heart strings.
This may sound cheesy, but you could be able to get a highly discounted or even entirely free wedding by getting sponsored by a company or two. Companies may be willing to sponsor your wedding, especially if it’s going to be a big one (with hundreds of guests) or in a highly visible area. Although you may have to see the company’s logo and products everywhere on your big day, it may be worth the sacrifice since you stand to save tens of thousands of dollars. Even if you can only get your wedding invitations sponsored, this could still save you a ton of money, so definitely research any potential sponsorship opportunities.
Take on Extra Work
Perhaps you could raise wedding money through your job by simply taking on some extra shifts here and there or by serving some paid overtime. If these aren’t available at your job, consider taking a weekend or evening job to make up the budgeting difference. This will of course involve extra work and less time available to dedicate to wedding planning, but it could also mean you will be able to pay for your wedding without having to get into much (if any) debt.
Hold a Yard Sale
A lot of people will travel to go to a decent yard sale, especially if it is well advertised. If you have a lot of stuff you don’t mind unloading, consider holding a yard sale before your big day. Advertise it thoroughly through social media, email and the old fashioned way of putting up posters all around your neighborhood, but make sure to specifically point out that you’re holding the sale to fund your wedding, and be sure to set out a donation box as well. People love a good love story, so use it to your advantage! A good turnout virtually guarantees decent sales and you could find that your unwanted goods are worth a lot more than you ever predicted. Get rid of everything you don’t need, or which you know you’ll be able to replace with wedding gifts.
Ask for Cash Gifts
This used to be a wedding faux pas, but it’s no longer seen as strange to ask for cash as a wedding gift. Rather than just leaving it up for the guest to decide on what to give you or organizing registries, request that you receive cash gifts for your wedding. It’s a bit of a gamble, as there’s no promise as to how much cash, if any, friends and family will want to provide, but if you clearly explain that you need the funds for your wedding expenses, or even more romantically, for your honeymoon, it’s likely that you’ll be surprised by how much money you can raise by doing this!
Take Out a Loan
If all else fails and you can’t find it within you to put off your wedding until you are more financially stable, consider taking out a loan. A loan will naturally leave you in debt, but it could also mean that you’ll get the dream wedding you’ve always wanted. Being approved for a loan from a regular bank to pay for a wedding could prove to be tricky, especially if you have a bad credit score, but if you have a car that’s paid for in full (or only has a few remaining payments) you may qualify for a car title loan. Car title loans are simple, easy and affordable, and could provide you with plenty of money for both the wedding and your honeymoon. If all else fails, be sure to look into them to make sure your big day is everything you’ve always wanted it to be!
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