When it comes to being budget-savvy, the one thing I try to stress MOST is that it's not about being cheap – it's about being SMART. Just take a look at the definition of the word, in its three usages:
noun: practical understanding or knowledge of something; intelligence; common sense
verb: to know, comprehend or understand
adjective: well-informed; having or showing perception or comprehension especially in practical matters
So being budget-savvy obviously means being smart with your money!
Here at The Budget Savvy Bride, we believe there are 3 Key Ways to be Budget Savvy when planning your wedding. Check them out below!
Never pay full price.
Always shop sales and use coupons when available when it comes to buying items for your wedding. From the dress and accessories down to the wedding favors or decor- always be sure to check for discounts, coupons, etc. We have a great list of resources for where to buy things for your wedding, and we recommend using sites like Ebates (read how it works here) or RetailMeNot to search for discounts or cashback offers!
Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse, Resell.
Consider the versatility when making a purchase: can the item be used in more than one way? Could you reuse or repurpose the item as decor in your home? Could you repurpose or reuse items already in your home and incorporate them into your wedding decor? What items that you purchase for your wedding could you then sell post-wedding to another bride? What items could you buy second hand and recycle into something that would work for your wedding? Consider all of these things when deciding what to purchase for your big day!
Do your research and shop around.
You won't know if you're getting a good deal or an awful one if you don't take the time to price compare. Reach out to vendors, get quotes, and compare the options before making a decision. Remember that everyone has different priorities and what is important to you might not be important to someone else- so just keep that in mind while weighing your options. Always be sure to look at all the different aspects of your options as well: an all-inclusive venue that includes tables, chairs, and linens might actually be cheaper than one that just offers the venue and rentals are additional. Take the time, do the math- it'll likely save you money!