Weddings have become extortionate these days, and that explains why many couples are looking for ways to have beautiful weddings without breaking the wallet. Some couples have gone to the extent of taking loans to have their dream wedding. These loans are a burden to a young family, given that they take several years to repay. You do not need to go through this route. Follow the steps below to pull off a memorable wedding at a pocket-friendly budget.
Have A Small Ceremony
A wedding is not the time to entertain a whole community. The most important part of the wedding is when you and your fiance are announced as husband and wife. The rest of the day events are only meant to make the day exciting. Renting a function hall or a building to conduct your wedding ceremony and another one for the reception will put a dent in your pocket. Why not just have the ceremony at home? That is why when coming up with a guest list, try to limit the number of your guests as much as possible for the ceremony. Having just your close family members and a few close friends will not only make your ceremony more intimate, you also won’t have to spend tons of money on booking a large venue. If you would like a large reception, consider doing it in a friends or family member’s backyard. This allows for more people without the huge cost.
Seek for Wedding Help Rather Than Wedding Gifts
If you are dealing with close relatives and friends, you can ask them to assist you financially rather than offer you gifts. Most of those who have wedded will tell you that some gifts they received added no value in their lives. Another way to cut costs is to find a new photographer in your area that is still trying to build their portfolio as they try to become established. They are likely to have better deals while going the extra mile to capture great shots of your wedding. Try to do the same with a videographer as well. If you play your cards right, you might be able to book a newer photographer and videographer while still staying under budget.
Skip The Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gifts
While it looks fashionable to gift the bridesmaids and the groomsmen, you can do without that. Instead of buying them gifts, send them special “thank you” cards. If they are your family members or close friends, they will understand that you are trying to keep the costs down.
Let Family and Friends Do the Catering
One of the most expensive parts of a wedding is the food. If you are looking for an easy way to cut down on costs, try to have your family and friends each bring some type of food or drink to the reception. This also means that you shouldn’t spend tons of money on plates or cups. There are many options that are still exquisite without breaking your wallet. After all, this is a one-day affair. Research options online that provide wedding plastic plates, dishes, and cutlery that will still elevate your wedding.
Go Minimal with Decorations
Of course, your wedding venue needs to look elegant, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve this. Consider buying just a few flowers for decoration, and one flower for the bride and the bridesmaids. If natural flowers are costly, you can go for the artificial ones. They look pretty and will remain ‘healthy’ throughout the day. There are many decoration options that can really add to your venue that you can find at your local thrift shop.
Borrow/Rent The Wedding Gown
A wedding is a one-day affair, so there is no need to buy a brand new wedding gown that your bride will discard almost immediately after the wedding. If you have a friend with a wedding gown that the bride loves and will fit, then why not? That money can be better spent on a honeymoon or other wedding costs. If not, you can usually find wedding dresses at a bridal boutique that are available to rent. It will be much cheaper than buying a new one.
As you can see from the above tip, you can have a spectacular wedding ceremony without breaking a sweat or going for a loan. However, before you cut costs to this extent, you must discuss and agree with your spouse to take this route. It’s not wrong to organize an expensive wedding if you can afford it. What you need to ask yourself is whether the expensive wedding is worth it or will leave your small family with more financial stress than happiness. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you and your partner are committing to one another.
Contributed by Rayanne Morriss