Today the average cost of a wedding is roughly $20,000-$25,000. You could almost buy a house with that same amount! So for couples who are living on a budget or for those who are just nowhere near capable of spending that much on a wedding, there are plenty of ways to skim around the edges and still keep your beautiful wedding.

Now every bride has a dream wedding, already pictured and half-way planned out before she even gets engaged. One of the most important things to remember when it comes to weddings on a budget is to let go of the non-essentials. A good idea would be to buy yourself a wedding planning on a budget book. These books are chalk full of great budgeting tips for your most important day.

Guest List:

Of course you want all of your friends and family to be present to share such an important time in your life. However, do you really need over 100 people there? Skimming down your guest list is usually the first place you should start. Keep it simple, with just immediate family and your closest friends. You don’t really need your third cousins or your bosses mother there, do you?

The Dress:

Aside from everything else, the dress is usually the biggest piece to a wedding. It’s almost like the center piece of the entire affair. Every lady wants to look like a princess on her wedding day and oh boy, are those dresses expensive! Instead of buying your dress from a high end designer, try browsing a few websites and second-hand shops. Often times wedding dress shops will have rooms full of dresses that didn’t sell in season or were rented out and can be sold at a far cheaper price. It’s the same with bridesmaid dresses and veils too.

Reception Time:

This is usually the most expensive aspect to your wedding. Instead of having a lavish dinner with place cards, which cost a pretty penny on their own, and a three course meal, try having a simple cocktail snacks and drinks. Another great way to save some cash on your reception is to look into a few buffet possibilities. Finger sandwiches, pasta’s, and dessert treats are always an acceptable food choice.

Now the music options:

Pretty much everyone has an iPod or MP3 player of some sort. Why spend so much money on a DJ, when you can rent a small sound system for way cheaper and just plug up your music player of choice. Have a playlist made to last the length of your party. A good idea would be to have your guests write down 3 songs they would like to hear when they RSVP and you’ll have plenty of songs to choose from.

It’s always better to look for the easiest ways to keep your wedding budget in line first. Weddings are stressful enough, sometimes simple is better.