Worried about taking debt with you on your honeymoon? You can still have wow-worthy vows, even with a budget-friendly wedding.

You may be tempted to throw caution to wind on your big day. It’s tough when you see other couples throwing lavish celebrations in expensive venues, and then you feel that you should do the same. The centerpieces, the catering, the embroidered napkins, the letterpress invitations. It’s all so appealing — and expensive.

Your wedding is just one day. Your marriage (and your marital finances) have to last you a lifetime.

If Mom and Dad are paying, they’ll appreciate your modest requirements, too.

A simple wedding offers special bonuses, and not just financial ones. Consider these five ideas and be proud that you won’t be paying off your nuptials for years to come.

Say it, don’t spend it

The simpler your wedding, the more its meaning can shine through. Let your love for each other speak for itself. Your guests will be moved and impressed (and perhaps even a little envious) at the eloquent charm of your day.

Save it for the future

The less money you spend on your wedding, the more you’ll have left to put towards your future, so it’s plain common sense to keep spending within comfortable limits. Expenses can mount up fast enough in everyday life, without the added burden of wedding debts. If Mom and Dad are paying, they’ll appreciate your modest requirements, too.

No bride (or groom)-zilla moments

Unburdened by financial worries, you’ll feel all the freer to enjoy your wedding day to the fullest. You’ll also feel more relaxed for having fewer details and logistics to see to. The less you have to worry about, the more you’ll be able to focus mind and heart on the matter in hand–getting married.

Your guests may thank you

A simple wedding may involve staying local, which will be helpful for elderly or disabled guests and also save other local guests from the trouble and expense of travel and accommodation. They will also welcome your relaxed dress code and affordable gift list.

Some may also feel more at ease socially at an event of modest proportions. In one way and another, your approach will do everyone a favour.

Set a simple standard

Perhaps more importantly than anything, your common-sense approach will open a door for other friends who are planning weddings. With your success story to reassure them, they’ll feel comfortable about following your example.

If you keep to modest guest numbers, simple décor and a low-cost venue, for instance, they’ll feel they can do the same, never mind what the high flyers and fashion-followers may be doing.

Small is beautiful, even with weddings, so plan yours with pride. You’ll be doing everyone else a service, too. A great way to start your married life.