Everyone knows that getting married is one of the most expensive decisions you can make in your lifetime – the average American spends a whopping $28,500 on average. But the engagement isn’t cheap either. With the cost of the beautiful diamond ring, the announcement photographs, and all the parties, it can really add up at a time when you’d prefer to save every penny. If you’d like a slightly cheaper engagement, but you don’t want to lose out on the fun, give these four things a go.
Make your own announcement
So you just said yes to the big question – it’s probably time to tell a few people now. Many people choose to hire a professional photographer to take adorably romantic engagement photographs, which are then printed and distributed to absolutely everyone in a bid to tell the world just how in love you all are. Why not get creative and take these announcement photographs yourself? You could draft in the help of your buddy and his good quality camera, maybe with the offer of beer and pizza as payment, rather than the hundreds of dollars you’d pay for a professional. Why not only print copies for people who aren’t web literate, like your granny? Send the rest out by email, and save yourself a small fortune on postage.
Keep the celebration small
Everyone wants to have a party to celebrate their engagement, but it can be exceptionally costly. Venue hire, catering, and drinks for your guests all add up; it’s almost like having a tiny pre-wedding. Instead, why not invite everyone to your local bar or club or for a barbecue on the beach, and celebrate that way? Then all you have to pay for is your own drinks (although your friends should be buying), your outfit, and your transportation.
Shop around for the ring
Whether he’s buying the ring or you’re shopping together for it, this part can be one of the biggest expenditures. Depending on who you ask, the ring should cost anywhere between one month and six months of your man’s salary, which is an insane amount to spend if you’re on a budget. Spend some time understanding the diamond value and how it can vary between types, and then make sure you shop around. Choose a ring which works on your budget, not on some weird societal expectation. As long as you love it, who cares how much it costs?
Do something different for the parties
It’s become the norm for everyone to have a bachelor and bachelorette party, and some people really go all out. A weekend’s trip to Vegas, a yacht excursion, the list goes on. But you can do these parties on a budget too, and still, have all the fun – after all, it’s the guests that count, right? Why not arrange a night out in your hometown or nearby city, with a cocktail class in a nice bar, or afternoon tea in a posh hotel? You’re still pushing the boat out and doing someone special, but you don’t have to cough up for flights or accommodation, making it a whole lot more economical.
An engagement doesn’t have to cost the earth; it can be as huge or as intimate as you want.