Affording A Wedding in College Isn’t as Impossible as You May Think

Affording A Wedding in College Isn’t as Impossible as You May Think

It Doesn't Cost A Single Penny to Create Memories that will Last a Lifetime
Anum Yoon
Anum Yoon

It’s common knowledge that weddings today cost a pretty penny – averaging a little over $25,000. Tack on five grand for the honeymoon, and you're looking at a final price tag equivalent to another year's worth of college. To call marriage a life-changing event would be an understatement.

But don't run away from the altar just yet. While a wedding may be one of the costliest life events for some, it doesn't have to drain your savings, too. You're in college, after all — let's not tack another massive expense onto your list of worries.

If you're like most people, you likely don't have $25,000 collecting dust in your savings. In fact, you might not even have a fraction of that amount to spend. Want to know the best part about being a college student? You learn how to get the most out of every dollar.

If you're ready to tie the knot with your special someone, go for it! Having a wedding isn't about how much you spend — it's about creating memories with your closest friends, family, and loved ones as you celebrate the new life journey ahead.

Are you ready to throw the wedding of a lifetime on a college budget? Here are five simple ways to make walking down the aisle in college into a fun and affordable event.

Round Up Your Campus Friends

The beauty of planning a wedding in college is having the added convenience of being in contact with all of your closest campus friends. Inviting past roommates and college buddies can be difficult after graduating, especially when everyone returns to their hometowns or moves to another state for a new line of work. When you plan a wedding in college, you have all your friends readily available — which makes enlisting a few sets of helping hands so much more convenient!

Campuses are overflowing with personalities, so why not take advantage of it? Getting acquainted with that excellent guitar player in your music class could easily save you thousands of dollars on music and entertainment at your wedding.

Enlist the help of creative family and friends who can help provide you with different photography services, entertainment, and musical performances for discounted prices or free.

Skip the Fancier Details

Let's face it — most of your guests won’t care if you forgo adding caviar to your dinner reception's menu. In fact, we're betting most of your college friends will thank you for choosing a tastier alternative instead.

While serving extravagant foods is nice on paper, luxury meals are hardly worth the added price you’ll need for your wedding venue. Make a list of your favorite budget-friendly meals instead. Enlist the help of your family’s best cooks and cut the cost of your wedding drastically.

If you still would prefer to have something catered – we get it. Consider a buffet over a plated and served meal. Though considered “tacky” by someone like your Great Aunt Tilly – buffets are almost always more affordable, can provide a greater variety to your guests, and your hungry guests will be able to enjoy their food significantly faster than a formal plated meal.

Swap out a Three-Tiered Cake for a Candy Bar

Did you know the average price of a wedding cake can run as high as $1,500, not including taxes? And who really enjoys fondant anyway? No thank you!

A candy bar is the ideal dessert option for any wedding reception because it allows your guests to choose their desired sweets based on their taste preference, can act as a wedding favor, and will save you loads of cash. Plus – they are super fun! Choose from an array of chocolates, mints and candy melts for fruit-dipping. Candy bars conveniently provide the perfect Instagram-worthy set-ups for a bonus. A chocolate cake may be delicious, but a table full of your favorite sweets is even better.

Remember Something Borrowed Can be Better than Something New

One of the best ways to plan a fulfilling wedding is to break all the rules and release the pressure of upholding expectations in the process. That means you don't have to wear all white or adorn yourself in the most expensive jewelry. You can make use of the very accessories lining your own — and your loved ones’ — closets instead!

Consider using a dress your family has passed down from generation to generation. You'll not only have a unique outfit, but it will also have an added value of sentiment relative to you. The same rule applies to wedding bands. If there are heirlooms or wedding accessories your family has saved for this moment, why not take advantage and save some money while creating beautiful memories?

Be Your Own Wedding Designer

Hiring a wedding planner can be expensive. In fact, it can be among the top costs at your wedding. You already have a vision in your head of how you want this eventful night to unfold, so why not put it into practice by ensuring no detail is skipped or misunderstood? Enlist a trusted friend or two to help when you’re feeling stressed – but foregoing a professional planner can save you some serious cash.

Make Memories

There’s never a better time to get married than when you most feel like proclaiming your everlasting love. If you’re in college, then so be it! There is no correlation between the amount of money you spend and the success of a picture-perfect day.

Remember, it doesn't cost a single penny to create the memories that will last you a lifetime.

Anum Yoon
Anum Yoon

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7 Essential Details To Remember When Planning YOUR Wedding

Because after all, it is YOUR damn day.


Recently I've been really struggling to figure out what to do for my wedding. This isn't because I don't know what I want, but because deciding anything ultimately effects someone. I decide I want to do it this year but this year doesn't work for Denise, so I could do it the year after, but Susie Q is going back to school and that conflicts with her schedule.

I could do a small, simple wedding, but my Grandma always wanted me to get married in a Church. Oh, what about a destination wedding? Well, that would work for a lot of people, but not Tiffany-she can't afford it…Becky has other obligations the only week my favorite resort is open in my dream year of getting married. Maybe a courthouse wedding? Yeah, I could do that…but my dad always dreamed of walking me down the aisle.

You see ladies-I'm freaking exhausted.

I'm exhausted trying to plan the wedding that EVERYONE ELSE BUT MYSELF wants me to have. I'm tired of having to justify why I want something to someone else. I'm tired of having to reason with people. I'm tired of feeling bad for not accommodating others.

I'm just mentally and physically exhausted planning my own wedding-something I really wanted to enjoy.

In times of frustration, I've scribbled down a few reminders to mutter to myself when things get a little chaotic. It's important in some way or another-we embed these thoughts into our minds because honestly? We deserve to be reminded, even if it's us doing the reminding.


It's weird we even have to tell ourselves this right? I mean we are the ones shelling out thousands, spending late nights planning centerpieces, and trying to find the perfect photographer. Sadly, yes, we have to remind ourselves because of a lot of people that know you close to you or not-will try to make it about them. ---It's your day. It's your day. It's your day.

2. Not everyone is going to be pleased with your decisions.

I'm a people pleaser. I thoroughly enjoy searching for ways to make everyone happy because I get insane anxiety from thinking anyone is mad at me. ESPECIALLY when it's someone I deeply care for. However, there is no way I'm able to get approval from everyone I really love. No matter what I decide, someone won't be able to make it, another won't like the dress, and someone else may be furious you're serving meat when they're vegetarian. YOU CAN NOT WIN, so stop trying to win for other people. Just win for yourself.

3. Whoever makes it about them is selfish.

It sounds harsh, I know, but ask yourself this one question: "Would you ever make THEIR day about you?" The answer is probably no. Me personally, no matter who it was my brother, best friend, or cousin-I would not make their day about me. Even if I hated the dress she chose, even if she picked a date that I couldn't make, even if my brother ran off to elope…It's their damn day-not mine. I would never make it about me because *drum roll *: it's not about me. If you're constantly double checking and worrying about people being upset by something YOU decided for YOUR wedding on YOUR day, then those people are shitty because they have made it about them, and that's extremely selfish.

4. The people who love you will be supportive with whatever you decide.

My fiance and I have decided on a destination wedding. There are a lot of reasons why, and ultimately it just ended up working the best for us. With deciding this-we knew a lot of people:

A.) Wouldn't be able to make it

B.) Wouldn't be able to afford it

C.) Wouldn't want to travel outside of the country

D.) Have other obligations that prevent them from attending

Never ONCE did we get angry or upset with anyone who straight up said-"Hey I know I won't be able to swing this." We get it, and it was just a risk we were willing to take. However, some people were still mad about our decision-even though it wasn't their decision to make. However, there are so many people that have been nothing but supportive, and that love and support have been something I'll never forget. For as many people that make it difficult for you, you'll have another handful who will make it a day to remember. There's always some silver lining in the mix at some point.

5. You DO NOT owe anyone an explanation or justification.

-Why have I felt the need to justify to friends, family, and my own bridal party WHY I'm deciding on something for my wedding? The last time I checked it was my wedding, right? Listen because this is super important: You don't need to justify anything you want for your wedding to anyone that isn't your fiance. You want it at a certain location-not anyone else's decision. Do you want to have it in the middle of the winter? Not anyone else's decision. Do you want to have the bridal party wearing cowboy boots with their dresses? NOT THEIR FREAKING DECISION. Stop feeling bad and explaining yourself for something YOU WANT TO HAPPEN on YOUR DAY! If you remember anything from this article-remember that.

6.  Life happens

Life is always unpredictable. There will be things that arise during your planning that you didn't anticipate. Though it's easier said than done, try not to let it alter your day or attitude. Some people you love won't be able to make it, your dream venue may be booked up the year you desperately want to get married in, a bridesmaid may drop out, and a caterer might screw up a dish. This shit happens, but your guests won't care one way or the other. As long as you don't let this ruin your wedding experience overall-everything will be okay…That's something I can promise.

7. All that matters at the end of the day is that you're married to the person you want to spend your life with

In all of the chaos that has already arisen (still pretty far away from my wedding) I have been telling myself from the beginning that at the end of the day I only really care about being the wife to the guy I love. Every time someone says something to hurt me tries to talk me out of something I feel passionate about doing or informs me of something intentionally meant to stress me out-I breathe, tell myself I'll marry a guy that I love, and move on with my business. I'm not saying it never gets to me, but the thought of spending my life with my fiance excites me more than these people's negative thoughts stress me out. At the end of all of this, you won't look back at your wedding and think of all the things you didn't like because you'll be too busy gleaming over the fact it happened. You're lucky enough to find someone you WANT to spend your life with, and seriously not everyone is lucky enough to say that. Though it's challenging, try to remember people are selfish, and not everyone has your best interest at heart. However, there are ALWAYS people that'll go above and beyond to make you focus on yourself, and I'm lucky to have some of those people apart of my special day. So when it gets stressful and yes it will get stressful…remember that you've got this. It's your day, and you can do whatever the hell you want with it.


The Bride-To-Be

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To My Future Fiance, If You’re Proposing To Me For The Instagram Content, Have Fun Posting A Video Of Me Saying ‘No’

Whoever you are, take notes for future reference.


OK, OK, he can propose to me in public, but if it's a grand event that has nothing to do with my character, then 100% I'm saying, "No, try again."

I hope that one day someone special has my heart and wants to spend the rest of their life with me. But I want them to really know who I am. Inside and out and all around. I'm not a showy person, I'm not into social media, and I don't want a 20-carat ring. There's nothing wrong with any of those things, but it's never been for me. It's just not me.

I'm never going to do anything because someone else or the general society thinks or says I should do it. I like to defy society and do what's best for me. Even if I do something that is acceptable by society's standards, I'm not doing it for them, I'm doing it for me. I always say, "If someone wants to get to know me then they shouldn't judge what they see, read, or hear, they should just say, 'Hi,' and we can go from there." I don't post something for others to see, I post it for myself. Because it makes me feel good. Because I impulsively want to.

So, I want my fiancé's initial feeling of complete and absolute love to be blurted out to me ASAP. You don't have to keep your passions hidden while you plan a huge fiasco with balloons and confetti and "Will you marry me?" clouds in the sky. I don't need that for you to tell me you love me.

My dream proposal would be us cooking and taste tasting dinner, dancing, and singing to our favorite song when you just pause to look at me and ask, "You wanna get married?"

Of course, I'd question if you're being serious or not, but if we've already discussed the future and our hearts are in the right place, I'd melt in your arms.

You're not proposing to me to show off our love to your Facebook friends. You're proposing to me because you want nothing else but me. If you want to plan something special afterward, go ahead. Thoughtful surprises make me feel so special, but make sure that it's planned for me.

My long-distance boyfriend recently surprised me with a visit by calling my parents to figure out just how to leave me open-mouthed. I realized how much I appreciated the planning and arrangement. No one has ever done that for me before and I won't lie, I loved it. I wouldn't mind a fun proposal. I would be eternally grateful for the thought behind it, but I want the initial question to be intimate, personal, and tailored for me.

At the end of the day, sure, the proposal can be out and about in public, but I want the focus to be us. Not just me or you, but our relationship and our future. I don't care if other people don't think you love me enough because the proposal wasn't a showstopper. I know how you feel about me and that's all that matters.

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