Budgeting

How to Have a Low Cost Wedding in Missouri

  The average wedding and reception in 2020 cost right around $15,000. This is lower than the average for the past 5 years at $18,000 (pre-COVID) according to the Wedding Report.  The average household income in Missouri is $55,500.  That would mean that the average couple would be spending over 27% of their income on…

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100 Money Saving Tips for Your Wedding

  Your wedding budget should not be something you are paying off for the next 5 years! There is a lot of pressure from family and friends to spend lots of money and I am here to tell you that you don’t have to! Make your budget something you are comfortable with and not what your family…

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10 Tips to Stay on Budget for Your Wedding

Saying “I DO” can be a budget buster.  Here are some tips and hints to save on your celebration:     Keep the wedding guest list under 100. Limit the wedding party – keeping it small. This cuts down on the cost of attendant bouquets and gifts to each member in the wedding party. Consider…

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Friends, Family & Your Wedding

We all have friends and relatives who are offering to help with your wedding as their gift to you.  There are several areas where a donation of someone’s expertise or talents would not only save you money but would add a meaningful, personal touch to your big day.  Here are some etiquette tips regarding accepting…

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Tip #142 – Washi Tape – Perfect for the DIY Bride

  Japanese Washi tape is perfect for the DIY Bride. These masking tapes are made of washi paper so they are semi transparent, have a nice feel and easy to use. Washi tape can be reused since they are removable and repositionable. Lots of colors and styles. With an endless choice of colors and patterns,…

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A Bride’s Advice to Future Brides

We love getting emails from brides who found BrideStLouis.com so helpful.   In fact, the bride who sent us this information inspired us to collect similar information from other brides.  So, after reading the following, if you know of any brides who would like to share the details of their wedding have then submit photos and…

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How to Find the Money for Your Wedding

It’s true, weddings can be expensive!   However, there are ways to still get married and not start married life in deep debt.  I have heard nationwide estimates of $27,000 for the average wedding, but here in the St. Louis area, I find that the average cost is closer to $23,000. What if you can’t afford…

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The Ultimate Way to Have a Beautiful Wedding for less than $2000!

Not all weddings have to be expensive and extensive.  Sometimes the best weddings are the smaller, more intimate ones.  Just because you are low on funds, doesn’t mean you can’t get married.  I’ve seen some terrific weddings with less than 10 people! The easiest way to save money on the reception is to limit the…

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The Joy of a Small Wedding

  Many couples are choosing a small wedding as it can be far more intimate than a traditional large wedding and let’s face it a small wedding can generally be within the reach of most people’s budget.  Inviting just a few close friends and immediate family members will allow you to choose options that might…

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7 Wedding Mistakes to Avoid

I’ve seen a fairly large number of weddings, and I can guarantee you that there has never been a perfect wedding.     Here are seven things you might want to put on your checklist when you are planning your big day. Don’t forget the marriage license.  Yes, it’s true.  It happens and it happens quite often….

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Budget Tips – Seven ways to have Table Centerpieces for Less

Let’s talk about table centerpieces.  A beautiful, elaborate floral display will set you back anywhere from $25 to over $100+ per table.  Here are some alternatives that will add elegance, style and sophistication: 1.  You can still have flowers – just scale it back a bit.  Create your designs around less expensive flowers, adding just…

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Creating the Guest List

Brides tell me that one of the most challenging parts of a wedding is the guest list.  From experience, I suggest strongly that before you announce your wedding to everyone, you and your groom develop some simple guidelines about inviting guests – or be prepared to suffer the consequences.  For instance, your excitement of the moment…

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Budget Tip #5 – Saving Money on Alcohol at Your Reception

If you are trying to keep the cost of your wedding reception in line, here are a few tips to reduce the alcohol expense at your reception.  This is a big chunk of the reception expense, and while you want your guests to have a good time, there’s no need to break the bank. One of the…

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Budget Tip #3 – Saving on Your Wedding Celebration

Saying “I DO” can be a budget buster.  Here are some additional tips and hints to save on your celebration: Keep the wedding guest list under 100. Limit the wedding party – keep it small.  This cuts down on the cost of attendant bouquets and gifts to each member in the wedding party. Consider having…

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Great Weddings On a Budget – Tip #2

The program for your wedding day ceremony not only informs guests of the details of the ceremony and names of the bridal party participants, but more importantly can be a cherished memento of the event itself.   Many couples today save money by creating the program themselves.  Paper companies offer beautiful bridal themed program paper that…

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Rent a Tux OR Buy a Suit?

Groomsmen are generally expected to rent at their own expense their tux, shoes, etc.  Most rentals end up being anywhere from $120.00 to $150.00, and more for the finer materials.  Another option is to buy a tux, but few people really have need of a tux more than a few times in their life, so…

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Great Weddings on a Budget: Tip #1

Wedding cakes come in many shapes, forms, and sizes, and are priced based on the amount of work that it takes to create them. Some brides are choosing a smaller wedding cake instead of a five tier monster.  A three tier cake can be displayed with elegance, and then you could cut guest slices from…

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