Whether you are planning a huge wedding with 250 of your friends and family or a smaller affair with a handful of loved ones, you may be surprised at how quickly wedding costs can add up.
If the idea of paying for your special day is keeping you up at night, it may be time to look into how you make some extra cash to help cover the costs. While you probably don’t have the time to take on an extra full time job, you can definitely find ways to pad that wedding nest egg without losing your mind.
Here are some tips on how to bring in extra money to pay for your special day:
Make More Money By Spending Less
One of the easiest and most painless ways to add to your wedding budget is by spending less of your hard-earned money. For example, consider canceling that gym membership you never use, that music subscription service you wouldn’t miss, and those premium cable channels you don’t watch. If you cancel all of these expenses, you will end up with a nice chunk of change each month that you can put toward your beautiful dress and those invitations you love. A gym membership alone can run about $50 a month easily—if you are getting married in a year that will give you $600 toward your wedding without you having to lift a finger.
Consider a Side Hustle
Another great way to bring in some more cash for your wedding is by taking on some type of side hustle. Since you will be super busy planning your nuptials, focus on finding work that you can do on your own time. For instance, if you have always thought of yourself as an entrepreneur, you could look into a direct sales gig with a company like Amway. By selling the company’s wide line of health and beauty products, you can make money online with Amway all while setting your own hours and being your own boss. If you like driving and meeting new people, you could also consider working for Uber or Lyft. If you don’t want people you don’t know in your car, then consider becoming an Uber Eats delivery driver—that way you’ll be chauffeuring pizzas and cheeseburgers around town and not people.
Rent Out Your Car
If you have an extra car in the driveway that you rarely drive, you might consider listing it for rent on a website like Turo.com. Turo is essentially an Airbnb for cars that lets people rent your vehicle directly instead of going through a traditional rental car company. Turo features a handy “carculator” that lets you see how much you could possibly make in your area—for example, if you own a 2014 Toyota RAV4 and live in the Dallas, Texas area, you could potentially make $270 a month based on just nine days of bookings per month. Again, if your wedding is a year away, that would add up to $3,240 to add to your wedding budget.
Congratulations on Your Big Day!
Planning a wedding is definitely exciting. Fortunately, thanks to these tips plus some others you may come up with on your own, it does not have to be financially stressful. By focusing first on spending less and then looking for flexible ways to bring in more money, you will soon say “I do” on your special day without the debt.