Many brides to be have dreamed of their weddings ever since they were kids. Little girls love the ceremony, the elaborate dresses, the beautiful venue, and, of course, their prince charming. However, when we finally see that day coming, the dream turns into a stark reality because weddings can break the bank.
Instead of paying for more than what you can, or worse, postponing the date until you can save more money, there are ways to have the wedding of your dreams for less money. Wedding planning on a budget may seem like a difficult task to tackle without appearing tacky, but it can be done. Below are some wedding planning on a budget tips that may just give you financially stress-free “I do’s”.
Make A Budget
First things first, while this may sound extremely obvious, it is definitely the first step to having a wedding with expenses that won’t spiral out of control. Making a wedding budget isn’t just about allocating a certain amount of money for the wedding but rather digging into every detail. Remember, there are many elements to account for such as the wedding gown, the flowers, the food, the entertainment and more, so it’s important to create a budget for each of these categories. There are plenty of wedding planning on a budget lists online that you consult, making it easy for you not to forget any crucial wedding essentials.
Enlisting Talented Friends
Think about it as a DIY project, where it won’t be you who’s doing the work, but your friends. Simple tasks such as “Thank You” cards, wedding invitations and wedding favors can be done by your talented sister or friend who’s good with arts and crafts. You can pay them of course, but since the items will be technically “homemade”, you’ll definitely get these done for a cheaper price. If you have a friend who’s into the baking business, you can ask him or her to make your wedding cake as well. These home bakers almost always charge less than well-known pastry shops. Don’t forget to ask for discounts!
Rent and Borrow Items
Instead of having gowns sewn for your bridesmaids, rent them instead. Other items which you can borrow include veils and headpieces, ring and coin bearer pillows, pew bows, toasting glasses, cake knives and serving sets, and the list can go on and on. Think about your friends who recently got married. They’re bound to have some wedding items still tucked away in a box. After all the wedding custom does include “something borrowed”.
Plan The Food Wisely
One of the biggest expenses weddings can have is the food. However, there are some areas where you can save on food without having to starve your guests. For example, a buffet is less expensive then a plate in or sit down dinner. You can choose to serve more chicken and pasta dishes instead of beef or lamb. Another thing you can do is have your wedding in the morning or afternoon where you won’t be obliged to provide lunch or dinner. Instead of serving a full meal, you can serve hors d’oevres, cake, and some punch. Another tip is to check with culinary schools. They may want to provide experience to their students and you will only need to pay for the food cost and not for the service.
Forego the Limo
Limousines can be expensive so instead of adhering to the norm, rent a luxury vehicle instead, such as a Cadillac. What’s even better is to have a horse drawn carriage, or any other vehicles that suits your theme.
Save on Videography and Photography
With the increasing popularity of wedding shoots and videography, it won’t be hard to find the perfect group that will match your needs. Look for a professional who don’t charge extra for HD, and always choose a package deal since this will come cheaper. Many videographers hook up with a photographer, so ask if there will be a discount if you hire their team. Avoid professionals who charge by the hour because many weddings can get delayed. Finally, decide what editing you want. Some pros offer same day edits, full coverage and prenups. Instead of getting everything covered, you can instruct the team to only take videos during the ceremony, the cake cutting, the dances, or the speeches, etc.
For most of us, a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience and should be celebrated in the best way possible. Having a wonderful wedding is really more on the people present and the partner we are marrying. Sometimes a small wedding can be more meaningful, and though fireworks may appear grand, all you really need is the spark in your hearts.
Have you or a friend (or relative) recently gotten married? Do you have any money saving tips?