In India, weddings are no lesser than any big festival like Diwali rather we can say bigger than Diwali. The wedding industry in India is enormous and does huge business every year. Also, the Prime Minister of India said some estimates suggest that there could be a business of around ₹5 lakh crore during the 2023 wedding season.
This shows how many expenses are involved during weddings for the people who are arranging and for the people who are going to attend these weddings.
So, it becomes very important for us to budget during this season and don’t end up overspending, that’s why this wedding shopping guide will help you.
Let’s see smart wedding shopping tips to save money
1. The first and Important Thing “Budgeting”:
Set a clear budget basis your income and savings if you have already done any. Then, make a list of things you need to buy, things you can reuse, things you already bought, etc. Basis this, allocate the approximate cost required and start saving for it if the wedding has time, and if not then save and control the current spending and allocate towards wedding requirements.
2. Do a Comparison while Shopping:
Don’t settle on the first option you see. Explore different shopkeepers, compare prices, and bargain wherever possible. Sometimes, opting for off-season or weekday shopping can significantly cut costs as during peak times the shopping places are crowded and expensive. This is one of the popular pieces of advice for wedding dress shopping.
3. Reuse, Rent or Mix-match the outfits:
There are a few ways to plan this. One way is to mix and match, so all the weddings you are attending see you in different looks. Accessories and jewelry will all come to your aid in this endeavor. There are also sites dedicated to helping you rent a designer outfit for a fraction of the cost. You can rent your outfits, footwear, accessories, etc.
Also if you have any outfits that can be reused you can do the same this way you can save a lot.
4. Avoid Unnecessary Extras:
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and add extras that aren’t essential. Prioritize the essentials and avoid unnecessary add-ons that increase the costs and exceed your budget.
5. DIY and Repurpose:
You can also use your creativity during these times by making your own items or repurposing what you have instead of buying new things.
6. Plan Ahead and Start Early:
In order to avoid burning a huge hole in your pocket, it’s better to plan ahead once you know you have to attend the wedding. Generally, we don’t get to know about weddings way prior so, we might not have much time to save and invest. However, some do plan a year or 2 prior where you can plan and save efficiently.
Goal setting can make your journey super easy. There are 3 types of goals Ultra short-term goals which vary from 1 month to 12 months, Short-term goals which vary from 1 year to 3 years and Long-term goals are more than 3 years.
Since the majority of these wedding goals are for a shorter duration, you need liquidity as well as flexibility.
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These wedding shopping tips and tricks will save you from overspending during the wedding season.
How to spend less money on wedding shopping?
While shopping you can save money using various smart shopping tips and tricks, the first and foremost thing you need to do is budget, then you can use various tricks such as using discounts and coupons, doing comparison shopping, considering second-hand or thrift shopping, DIY and repurposing, etc.
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