A wedding day is one of the happiest days of people's lives, a day of love, smiles, and memories intended to be cherished forever. Unfortunately, it's also going to be one of the most expensive days.
The average cost of a wedding in the United States is about $26, 000. In the UK, experts put the cost of that dream wedding at a whooping £20, 000. In Nigeria, weddings cost an average of =N= 2,000,000 or more! I agree, love covenants don't come cheap!
First, to have a jolly good start to your matrimonial, you need a venue and venues don't come cheap. In some cases, they account for 20-40% of the cost. Not to mention the wedding dress, the tuxedo, the cake, the decoration, the catering, the band, the wedding planner, the videographer, the photographer! All these bills also need to get paid, and boy do they milk your piggy bank.
In case you're being tempted, don't elope just yet. You can have the dream wedding you have always wanted without risking bankruptcy. I am not talking about cutting costs, I am talking about paying the bills in a creative way.
When the proposal is over and the date is picked. The first thing you want to decide is how big you want your wedding to be. How do you dream about it? Is your veil as long as Princess Diana's with tens of bridesmaids and groomsmen or are you bare feet on an island in a casual ceremony?
Set the target, write a budget, write the figure, laugh, cry and just do it!
These simple tricks to making some money for your wedding should come in handy if you're planning.
The Guilt Trip-
This is common among African couples! They make some money back by enforcing a dress code. "If you are my friend, this is what you'll be wearing to my wedding!" That guilt card is so easily played yet it works. They make some money selling customized fabric. Interestingly, the little extra goes some way in catering to some aspects of the wedding.
The Community interest-free loan-
This majorly involves getting their buddies together to each contribute a certain amount of money. Each member of the community then takes turn to save the communal cash after a certain period. This is mostly common among Africans still, but then, who doesn't love an interest-free loan?
Months before your wedding, take some of your savings out of the bank and dump it on the stock market. Wisely I must add or you would have no money at all for your wedding. Engaging in some stock broking could be an easy way to make some money early enough to cater to some of your wedding demands.
Create content and sell it-
Not many people can carry this out, but if you or your spouse is on the creative side of life, now is a great time to create a product or service related to you or your love story, and sell it. You could craft out a lovely frame with bespoke writings on them or an accessory that should be won on that day and sell. If you can dare it, make your wedding so entertaining and sell tickets to it. Crazily fun yes?
Yes, some of these steps are pretty ballsy, but nothing dreamy comes easy. You can have that dream wedding; there is no reason why you can't!