While most wedding guides focus on money-saving suggestions from the bride’s point of view, a groom also has a number of expenses that can easily get out of hand. Depending on how involved you are with the wedding plans, this can include a wide range of items from rings to tuxedoes to gifts for your groomsmen. That said, when cutting expenses, there are some things that are you should focus on more than others. In many cases, you’ll find that the conventional answers are already the most economical ones!
Engagement & Wedding Rings
The engagement ring and wedding band are the pieces of jewellery that you’ll want your fiancé to treasure for the rest of her life. Therefore, it’s not unreasonable to choose a ring based on quality and workmanship as opposed to cost. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to go out and choose the most expensive ring you can find. If you shop around, you should be able to find a ring that’s well made and a good value for your money.
In some cases, you may have acquired your fiancé’s engagement ring as part of a family tradition. If you need to locate a matching wedding band, try antique shops or other sources of second hand jewellery. These stores often have a wide range of jewellery available for much less than standard retail stores. However, if you find a good deal, you may also want to look at new wedding bands to see if one will match the engagement ring.
If you purchased your own engagement ring, you may have also had an opportunity to purchase a matching wedding ring. In some cases, buying the two rings together can save you money. You may also get a good deal if you purchase both of your rings together, so look for these matched sets in traditional jewellery stores. You can also look online for clearance items – just be sure to read the description and terms carefully before you pay.
Typically, most men rent their wedding tuxedos instead of going out and buying a new one. You may also be able to save money by renting a regular suit, instead of a complete tuxedo. Of course, if your fiancé is planning a formal wedding, you may not be able to go this route. Keep an eye out for coupons or sales at tuxedo rentals in your area, and look for shops that offer discount for multiple rentals. If you rent suits for all your groomsmen from the same place, you may be eligible for a significant discount.
Hair Styling and Grooming
You’ll want to look your very best on your wedding day, so don’t forget to budget for a professional cut or trim. Ask your usual barber shop if they have any suggestions for your wedding – remember, you’ll be preserving this day for years in photo albums, so don’t worry about spending a little extra for a more flattering cut or colour. In addition, if you have a beard or moustache, you may want to have them professionally trimmed before the big day.
Even though some grooms have little to do with planning the wedding, there are still expenses that you’ll need to consider. With some wedding day items, you may find that rentals and second hand items are your best options – especially when you’re on a tight budget. However, considering this is your special day, there are a few areas where you may want to spend a bit more to ensure that everything’s perfect.