Planning and executing a wedding is a tremendous task and most often than no costs a hell of a lot of money. I however was able to have a budget wedding that cost me only a third of the costs a normal wedding would. Thanks to my family and friends who made it a possibility! Let me share with you some of the things you too can try to cut the costs in your wedding.
The venue is one of the most costly factors during a wedding. The best way to cut on costs is to have a simple outdoor wedding in a public park or beach. You can also have it on a privately owned country B&B, most of whom will allow you to hold your reception outdoors free of charge or at a minimal cost if all their rooms are booked. If you are having many guests from out of town then this would be a great idea. Even though you will have to hire tables and chairs for the event it will be less costly and you can have the least expensive ones and decorate them yourself with ribbons for the chairs and runners and solid colour table cloths for the tables.
DIY Invitations and Décors
Decoration accessories are now being widely used in wedding most common being fresh flowers. These can easily cost up to a thousand dollars and I see it as a total waste of money. Instead create your own decorations and opt for artificial flowers if you plan on using any! Use shawl like clothes to garland your ceremony and your walkway. Accessorize them with hanging pearls and jet lights if the ceremony is at night. You can also have artificial flowers hanging on a string from the shawl garlands. And voila! You have a beautifully decorated but elegant wedding ceremony. For country wedding invitations it is best if you can add your own touch of creativity. Get help from friends and family and make your own cards. It may take up some time but it would be worth the effort! You could also get a simple printed invitation and paste some décor items like ribbons, sequences or beads and stones on it, to add some sophistication to it.
Photographs are what last a lifetime and you will definitely love to grow old together being able to reminiscence your wedding day with beautiful photos of your big day. Hiring a professional photographer can cost you a lot and the best way to do it would be to get an amateur do it for you. Check the recommendations of the amateur before hiring them. Check on some of their work and if you’re satisfied hire them. Give them clear instructions of what you and your partner expect and how you want the photographs, that way you can avoid any disappointments later on.
One way to choose an amateur photographer would be to hire a couple of them for a test photoshoot for your engagement party or even your bachelorette party. Send them out your simple engagement invites as with guests and get them to take just one or two special photos compare and contrast and chose who’s better with your partner.
Buffet, Potluck or a BBQ meal
Food is a major concern when planning a wedding. You could hire your local restaurant for a buffet style who will probably give you a lump discount. You could also opt for a BBQ meal by getting a family or friend to volunteer and have side dishes brought in by the guests. Especially if it’s a small party guests would be more than willing to bring the sides.
Thrift shops are another great way to cut down on your costs. Most of the bridal gowns are used only once and are thereafter sold to these thrift shops. It would be a great idea to alter the dress a little bit and it would be good as new to be worn on your big day. You can also find other wedding requirements like flower arrangements and center pieces up for sale. You can buy these and add your own touch of creativity and create something unique for your wedding. Thrift shops are actually a really good idea because you can find wedding goods that are good as new or sometimes even absolutely new, where people had over bought the necessary products! I did a lot of thrift shop shopping for my wedding and it has come in handy many a times since then!Hope these tips that helped me reduce my cost of the wedding greatly, be useful to you too. Good luck with all your wedding preps and wish you a Happy Married Life!