Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and so it’s highly likely that you will want everything to be as perfect as it possibly can be. Weddings can also prove to be costly, so combining perfection with a restricted budget isn’t always the easiest of things to do.
The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to keep costs down but still have the wedding of your dreams.
Here are 4 ways to plan a wedding on a budget:
You may think that some printed cardstock and a few embellishments here and there would be inexpensive, but you would be wrong! Wedding stationery can cost a fortune, particularly if you are looking at high-end invites, but there are ways to cut corners…
One of them is to make them yourself. Unless you are extremely crafty, it’s a good idea to keep them fairly basic, or they could end up looking cheap and tacky.
There are lots of websites where, for a small fee, you can design your own wedding stationery and print it at home. This, coupled with some good quality cardstock, could help you produce a full set of beautiful wedding stationery without spending very much at all.
The price of a wedding venue depends on many different factors, so it’s a good idea to write down what you envision your wedding day to look like and then start looking at venues that tick those boxes.
Perhaps you have always dreamed of getting married in a castle. You may not be able to afford a huge one, but there could be other venues with the same characteristics that are a lot cheaper.
It may be that a romantic beach wedding is more your thing but are unsure if it’s going to be out of your price range. Many companies like Florida Gulf Beach Weddings, for example, do a wide range of different packages to suit a range of budgets, so it’s worth having a look at the various options.
The venue is one of the most important elements of a wedding, so it’s worth spending a bit more on it and cutting back in other places if you have to.
Regardless of your budget, you will want to look back on your day fondly, and what better way to do that than with photographs. Wedding photography takes a great deal of skill. Achieving the right lighting, the correct filters, and the most flattering angles can’t be mastered overnight, which is why wedding photographers can cost a fortune. That said, with a decent DSLR camera, you can capture some fairly good images of your special day.
Find out if any of your guests can help out taking pictures, and you could save yourself a fortune.
If you aren’t willing to forego professional photos, talk to your photographer of choice, and find out what packages they do. If they don’t fall within budget, find out if they offer any form of payment plan so you can spread the cost over a longer period.
Another great way to get some fabulous wedding snaps is to put disposable cameras on the tables and ask your guests to take some snaps throughout the day. Not only could you end up with some decent shots, but it’s also a great way to see how much everyone else enjoyed the celebrations.
You may want to invite 400 guests to your wedding, but you have to be realistic about it and bear in mind that every person you invite costs money. The venue will usually give you a price per person, so calculate how many people you can afford and use that as your starting point.
If you are struggling to narrow it down, exclude people you haven’t seen for decades or are only inviting because you feel you should rather than because you want to. If any of your guests are not in long-standing relationships, don’t extend the invite to them and a partner. Yes, you may offend someone along the way, but you can only do what your budget allows, so try not to let it stress you out.
Inviting guests to the reception rather than the ceremony and formal meal is another great way to save money.
Having fewer guests during the day will mean that you can have far more there later on when it’s time to get the party started.
If you’re already married, do you have an money-saving tips for the current brides-to-be? Let us know in the comments below!