This post is part of a recurring series here on BSB where we share wedding budget tips to help you save money on your wedding! You can access all the wedding budget tips on a single page for your convenience and future reference.
Wedding Budget Tip #10:
Do what feels right for YOU, not just what people expect.
We're taking a little break from concrete money-saving tips and making a slight detour into the more emotional side of wedding planning.
You see, it's easy when you're planning a wedding to get caught up in the details. With the never-ending sources of wedding inspiration like Pinterest and countless wedding blogs, you can easily fall down a rabbit hole of DIY projects, wedding details and ultimately unnecessary expenses.
On many wedding websites you visit, you've likely seen lots of lists of must do's, must-haves, and swoon-worthy details. But the thing that many of those sites probably won't tell you is that–quite frankly–there are no rules when it comes to weddings.
If you don't want to do things that are considered traditional… don't do them. Such a novel concept! It may seem scary, but I'm here to tell you: you don't have to do anything you don't *want* to do. Choose to follow your heart and it will likely help you to save money in the process by cutting out unnecessary traditions and customs.
Follow your heart
Not into tossing the bouquet or the garter? Don't do it. Heck, don't even buy a garter if you don't want to!
Are you and your fiancé not big dancers? No one says you HAVE to have dancing at your reception. Don't worry about hiring a band, just set up a nice wedding reception playlist for background music on your iPod — you'll save a bundle.
Don't get caught up in doing things because they're expected or just because they're considered part of a tradition. If it doesn't feel right or authentic to you as a couple… simply skip it!
At the end of the day, you want to enjoy your wedding. The best way to make that happen is to stay true to yourself. If you want your wedding to be an authentic representation of you and your partner, nix anything that's not a fit.
So essentially what we're saying is, follow your heart when it comes to wedding planning. We promise you'll be happier, less stressed, and you'll likely even save money in the process!
Have you felt pressure to do things for your wedding day that didn't quite feel like “you?” Are there any wedding traditions you plan to skip on your big day?
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Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.