This is a guest blog post written Kyle Ward, journalist by profession and a part-time writer at Rebates Zone.
Coupons are a powerful concept that have existed throughout the centuries, in fact, their power may have been discovered by the competing businesses in ancient Egypt or Rome. Let us imagine a world of Pharaohs where the common man is enticed by coupons. Hmm, never mind, it is utterly ridiculous. But, the fact of the matter is that we all enjoy getting a bargain and although most of us would like our big day to be like that of Prince William and Lady Kate, few have the finances to back up that wish.
There are many ways in which you can employ the age old wisdom of using coupons while planning for your wedding. For the purpose of this day let us divide the finances attached to the wedding into three parts. First will cover the dresses, second will cover the venues, and third will cover the honeymoon.
The dress is perhaps the most important part of the wedding for both the bride and the bridegroom. And, although, traditionally, the couple used to wear their best clothes to the wedding, it is no longer a common practice, and is usually frowned upon, especially for the bride. The media has taken away our good sense and replaced it with mush, where we spend thousands of dollars on a single dress, which we wear for just one day.
Nevertheless, this is the big day, and there are alternatives to everything. Of course, you can try to sew your own dress, but since, we do want a semblance of decorum to be present at the formal event – let us also look for healthier and more practical options. These can range from borrowing a dress to trying out a new dressmaker, who is just dying to gain some recognition and would likely sell a quality suite/dress, at an affordable price.
How do you look for him? Well, there are many websites which offer local retailers the chance to increase their customer base, like Groupon, which results in the price getting slashed by half. So, we advise you to scour through them.
We have grouped quite a few things in the venue. It will not only include the actual venue, but also the wedding planner, catering, floral arrangements, and the wedding cake. Obviously, you may skip a couple of these things, especially, if you have an extended family and you would like to take a gamble on their planning and execution abilities. If you are not much of a gambler or a planner yourself, even then we would advise you to include the sweat factor in your calculations.
The wedding cake is another story altogether, we are big believers in doing things by the hand, and would advise you to indulge in the fun experience of making it into a fun activity. After all, wedding is a happy time and it should be celebrated with vigor. But, just in case, do have a backup cake.
Once again, even at this stage the power of coupons can bring the costs down and add up to good savings, which can then be spent on the last part, the honeymoon.
Is it really advisable to go to a honeymoon? After all, anyone would get tired of drinking honey mead for full 30 days, as the Germanic custom would originally have you do. But, on a more serious note, it is highly advisable. The truth of the matter is that we spend busy lives, where it is very difficult to take a break from our careers and wedding is the perfect excuse to tell your boss - and pardon my French here - I’m out you pruned Br*c*oli.
Now, it is best if it is after the wedding, but if your favorite place does not match up with the wedding days, then move your wedding forward. Why? I thought we had made its importance clear in the preceding paragraph.
However, let us put aside humor for some time. Wedding is a beautiful event, which not only provides security to the couple, but brings together two families as well. The cultures and traditions are shared. If all this is marred by financial worries, then is it really worth it? We genuinely believe that the happiness of the event comes from the people involved and not the ... never mind, who doesn’t love a good reception. Just as we look for the best bargain in our daily life, likewise, we can bring down the expenses and stay in budget when starting a new life.