Cheaper Weddings in Economic Downturn

POSTED: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 6:49pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

Before the ding ding of the wedding bells comes the cha-ching of the cash registers. How are marriage bound couples coping in these troubling times? When it comes to weddings, couples are looking to scale back, but they’re not willing to completely sacrifice their special day just yet.

A weeding planner we spoke with says nearly-weds are becoming much more creative when it comes to keeping costs down. Cash-strapped brides and grooms are distinguishing between their wants and needs. For instance, when it comes to decorating switching out satin linen for cotton, that way they can still achieve the effect they want but in a much more cost-effective way.

Stacy Parker of Gala Productions says, “They still want the same things but they have just a little less money they are willing to part with.” Parker says there are still certain things a bride will splurge on no matter how sour the economy gets and that includes her gown and photography.

Another trend wedding planners are starting to see more of is the sharing of wedding expenses from the groom’s side of the family and even working couples paying for the weddings themselves.