3 Tips to Conquer Wedding Wallet Blues New Life You’ve made the announcement and set the date. Congratulations — you’re almost there! But, as both the groom and bride can attest, weddings are expensive. So, how can you make it the wedding day of your dreams without breaking the bank? Here are a few ideas: Think Small The No. 1 thing you can do is keep your guest list intimate. Weddings seem to come in two sizes: very small or way bigger than originally planned. The guest list can quickly grow as word gets out, and you may become worried that people you know will feel left out if you don’t invite them. But some pressure may be alleviated if you let people know the wedding will be a small, family affair. Consider a destination wedding. Sometimes going far away helps reduce the guest number. No, you don’t need to pay for anyone’s tickets, and you don’t necessarily need to pay for room and board, either. Just make it clear up front for any and all potential guests. And, depending on location, you can immediately embark on your honeymoon from your wedding destination, without having to spend a lot of time in transit. Another thing to resist is feeling pressure to include and pay for the supposed wedding “must-haves.” Do you need to spend hundreds on flowers? Or have a huge white cake? It’s your wedding, and it can be anything you want it to be. But remember: Any time a new expense threatens to derail your budget, it’s not essential you splurge on it. Spending a lot of money is not a meaningful tradition. Supplemental Income Streams Need money? Make money. You don’t have to go out and get a new job, but you can get something on the side that will help you pay for the wedding. (Or pay down any credit card bills faster.) Turn an interest or hobby into an income stream. If you are an avid thrift store shopper, turn your hobby into cold, hard cash. Sell your clothes on eBay for more than that thrift store price. For maximum effect, look for designer labels in the bins where you can buy clothing by the bag. Or, take a streamlined approach to starting a small business quickly with a well-established company. You can go with Amway, a global leader in direct sales, or venture into a niche market like essential oils. It helps if you are a user of the product, so the best place to get an idea about which niche market product to sell is your own cupboard. You can also look to the ever-growing sharing economy. Drive for Lyft or rent out your home or a spare room to travelers on AirBnB. You can even rent out the stuff you own via a site like Zilok. Indeed, there are countless new ways to join the sharing economy every day to make some supplemental income. Crowdfund It This is the modern era’s barn raising, and there are many platforms to consider. GoFundMe is specifically aimed at folks raising money to meet personal needs, like weddings. Make it clear any donation, no matter how small, is much appreciated. Many sites feature a way to give prizes or perks to people, depending on their level of donation. Offer to walk someone’s dog or bake a cake for a donation. Or, if you have a skill set to offer to the world, take advantage by marketing yourself and spreading the word to someone potentially in need. Whatever you do, remember there are many ways to have a successful and affordable wedding.