Weddings are expensive when you add up the cost of the preparation, the ceremony, and the reception. Most couples will look for ways to save on their wedding. One way to do that is to cut down on expensive accessories. Although the cost of accessories may not be as big as the bill for the venue or the food, you can still save a significant amount of money if you try out any or all of these options.
Buy Discounted Jewelry
Jewelers will always give season sales all year round so watch out for these events before you buy your wedding jewelry. If there’s no sale around the time of your wedding, search for clearance sales.
Don’t stop at physical shops. Search for jewelry online. Most online jewelers sell their merchandise for a cheaper price because they don’t pay upkeep for a physical shop, and they deal directly with the manufacturer. Plus, you can ensure you get genuine merchandise if you do your research thoroughly.
Your wedding rings are a sign of your marriage, but they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg to be special. You can opt for inexpensive genuine wedding bands instead of popular but overpriced rings. There’s not much reason on splurge on wedding accessories except to show off. Instead, you can allocate more funds on a honeymoon getaway or on your future home.
Create Your Own Accessories
Flower crowns may not be as popular as they were a few years ago, but they’re still a favorite for events, like weddings and themed parties. Flowers are timelessly beautiful, and they have a soft, delicate touch that none can copy, not expensive gemstones or precious metals.
Flowers add innocence and ethereal quality to anything, especially when worn on the hair. Incidentally, flowers are much cheaper than jewelry. You can make beautiful accessories when you combine them with beads, crystal, quartz, and other materials.
Instead of an expensive diamond tiara, you can wear a flower crown that’s just as beautiful but is much more affordable.
Borrow from Family and Friends
Not all brides care for precious metals and gemstones. If you’re one of them (and even if you’re not), save on wedding accessories by borrowing from your family and/or friends.
Ask your parents or grandparents if they have any heirloom accessories that you can wear for your wedding day. This way, you hit two birds with one stone. One, you save money. Two, you fulfill the “something borrowed” item of the five things the bride has to wear on her wedding day for a prosperous marriage.
Bigger doesn’t always mean better. Most people don’t keep big, showy jewelry unless they regularly attend lots of formal parties and balls or collect such pieces. It’s just not practical or suitable for everyday use.
If your family or friends only have simple accessories, it’s completely okay, you can still look the most beautiful person in the room without overly sparkly accessories. After all, you’re the one who’s marrying the love of your life.
Shop at Auctions or Vintage Stores
Everything doesn’t have to be new for the wedding. While there are some things you can’t compromise (e.g., your wedding bands), it’s perfectly all right to buy old jewelry for several good reasons. For one, used jewelry is more affordable than new ones. You can save up to 30 to 50 percent if you buy from auctions and vintage shops.
Before you purchase anything, do your research about the jeweler or vendor to ensure that they are reputable. Most jewelers will do some restoration on their wares to fetch the highest value per piece. Check the merchandise thoroughly, and ask a lot of questions about it. Buy the piece only when you’ve cleared all your reservations.
Think Twice before Buying Expensive Brands
Yes, your wedding is one of the most important events of your life. Yes, everything has to be special. However, there’s no rule in the figurative wedding book that says you need branded accessories to make your big day extraordinary.
If you already own beautiful shoes that compliment your wedding dress, then there’s no need to buy a new pair. In fact, you don’t need to buy new accessories at all if you have pieces that will perfectly work well with your wedding attire. Sure, half the fun of the wedding preparation is shopping for new wears, but remember that the wedding is just an introduction to what lies ahead. Don’t exhaust your resources just to show off to your guests. Your money can go to better things (e.g., your honeymoon and marriage home).
If you’re worried your old accessories just don’t have enough sparkle, here’s how you can make old jewelry look new again.
The wedding day is just the beginning of your married life. You’ll the rest of your days with your spouse, and you’ll encounter plenty of challenges along the way. These challenges will include financial problems. If you get off to a good start, you’ll be more successful in your married life.
Don’t exhaust all your resources on your wedding day, and spend your married life desperately catching up on debts. Saving on your wedding accessories is just one way of wisely spending your money as a couple.