Not everybody has a five-figure sum to spend on their nuptials, so if you do have a wedding coming up but are on a tight budget, read on. Many couples across the world have been able to plan great weddings without spending extortionate sums of money, and there are many small savings that you can make that can come together to bring the final cost of your wedding down dramatically.
Get the guest list down
One commonly-chosen method of getting prices down is to only invite a select few friends and family members. Many weddings generate substantial sums because of dining guests, so consider saving money by inviting those outside of your immediate social circle to your evening celebrations only. You may be amazed to see how much you can save by holding a small intimate celebration. Some people even choose to hold a wedding party for guests that were unable to attend their big day a few weeks or months down the line so they don’t need to miss out on the celebrations completely.
Enlist the services of friends and family
Instead of asking for wedding gifts, why not think about asking for help with planning the wedding? It may well be possible to cut down costs by enlisting skilled amateur cake makers, photographers and more. Today, it’s possible to get married virtually anywhere. You could even hold your festivities at home if you wish and hold your post-wedding celebrations in the garden during the summer months. It could be wise to rent a large tent, gazebo or marquee just in case the weather puts a spanner in the works.
Food, drink and entertainment
Doing the catering yourself is another way to keep costs down, though this is normally more suitable for weddings with a smaller number of guests. You could even consult a small, family-owned local restaurant for help with catering. Having professional invitations produced for you can also be costly, but you can reduce the expense attached to invitations by using a quality printer at home. Costs for professional DJs can be reduced by asking guests if they have any requests in advance and adding their choices to a well-sequenced streaming playlist. You could even purchase your own alcohol if your venue allows this in order to avoid putting a sky-high sum behind the bar. You won’t usually be given this option at a hotel, but it is possible at many function rooms and halls.
Gowns and suits
You may also be able to save money by buying bridesmaid dresses “off-the-shelf” instead of having them custom-made. Many brides and brides-to-be have even found exquisite and elegant wedding dresses on the second-hand market or used ones previously worn by relatives. Renting suits or tuxedos can be more economical than buying brand new formal garments, and shopping around for beautiful wedding rings that don’t cost the earth can also help you reduce your outlay. Honeymoons don’t need to be expensive either, XXX Biographies state that over 80% of every British star that they’ve interviewed have taken a domestic honeymoon and were better off for the savings – some more lavish and pricey packages for overseas trips may seem tempting, but you may make valuable savings by heading somewhere local or postponing your honeymoon until your finances have improved. It’s also worth noting that it generally costs less to marry midweek rather than at the weekend.
Can you make big savings?
Hopefully you can substantially cut the expense attached to your wedding by following all or at least some of the above steps. Many truly unforgettable and magical weddings have been planned with extremely modest budgets, so why not start brainstorming ideas for making your wedding fund go further today?