Weddings in urban India have lately been all glitz and glam. From food to the venue to the bride/groom couture, spends on everything are enormous. Even if you want to have a low budget wedding, because of society pressure you end up eventually having a big fat one. The concern of wasting one’s hard earn money on pleasing others has led us to drought down why you should save on weddings and how small thoughtful gestures while doing so can bring a broad smile on someone’s face.
In light of all these social pressures to “go big or go home” for your wedding day, it’s sadly not a surprise that many couples overspend and end up in debt. But that’s no way to begin what should be an amazing new chapter of your life, especially considering money is one of the top reasons for divorce.
Instead of going overboard on wedding expenses, the easiest way to avoid spending too much on your wedding is to budget appropriately and focus on everything else you want to accomplish in life.
Even if you are well to do by gods grace and want to make your big day lavish, you are still spending to please others right? Rather it would be wise to safeguard it for yourself and your spouse.Go for the most exotic honeymoon, tick off places your travel checklist, give a great education to your kids.
To answer the question of how much you should spend on your wedding, you need to take your other goals into consideration. Budgeting simply means aligning your spending with your values, so you have money left to spend on the things you treasure. Getting clear on your priorities while planning for your wedding will help you say “yes” and “no” to the appropriate things. One of the best ways to save money on a wedding is to keep it simple. The more elaborate the gown, the food menu and gifts are the more expensive it will get. Do you even wear your wedding gown after the wedding day? What happens to the extravagant decor for each function? After a few days no one even remembers what they ate at a wedding.
Well, if someone will remember and really appreciate your wedding are the ones who never get to attend one. Consider donating leftover food from your wedding meal to a local homeless shelter, women’s shelter or retirement homes. While planning your wedding contact a few NGOs or keep a family member/friend responsible for the leftover food. Brief them in advance so you don’t have to worry on your D day. Flowers and other decorations can also be donated to these locations to brighten up someone’s day.
Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life, but it can also be one of the most wasteful. We’re not saying to skip the party, we’re talking about seemingly small changes that make a major impact. Yes we are talking about going green and planning a sustainable and eco-friendly wedding. In July last year there was a simple Indian wedding that championed an eco-friendly cause. Flowers from the organic market, no plastic, no new clothes and jewellery made it a zero-waste wedding.
By now, you should have a better idea of what your perfect wedding day looks like, and how much you should invest. It doesn’t need to reflect “society’s standards” or have a price tag. It just needs to create memories and laughter.