The cost of weddings continues to go up. It is not uncommon for people to spend tens of thousands on their special day. But, not everyone can afford to or wants to, do this. They either have to or want to limit what they spend to just a few hundred dollars or pounds.
Fortunately, as you will see, you can still have a nice wedding, even if your budget is very tight. Here are our top tips.
Keep things simple
The first tip is to keep it simple. This does not mean that you cannot have a themed wedding or decorate your reception venue. Far from it, there are ways to do all those things. But, the more elaborate your wedding plans are the more it will cost.
So, if you want a themed wedding, choose something like the 80s or 90s. Right now, the shops are full of clothes from that era. So, it will be really easy to pick up a wedding outfit that fits in, without having to pay a fortune for it.
Hold the reception at home
One of the biggest costs is the wedding venue. You can avoid that completely if you hold your reception at home. If yours is not big enough, often friends or family will be only too happy to help.
Do your own catering
Instead of hiring a caterer, consider providing the food yourself. If you are a good cook you could start cooking a couple of months in advance and freeze everything, as you go. Or, order everything from your local supermarket.
Another alternative is to ask each guest to bring a dish. Most will be only too happy to help out. You need a notebook, with the dishes you want to offer your guests written at the top and the bottom of the page. When someone volunteers to make the dish, tear off the bottom half and make a note of their name on the top half. You can then prepare any dishes that do not attract volunteers. Or, keep it really simple and ask some people to bring starters, others can be asked to make main courses and the rest to make desserts.
Put your craft skills to use
Making your own invitations and reception decorations will potentially save you a lot of money. There are plenty of ideas online. But, when deciding whether to do this, be careful to cost out the materials you will need. Sometimes it is actually cheaper to buy what you need readymade.
Don’t go overboard with the flowers
Flowers are very expensive. So, limit how many you use. You can easily use another decoration as a centrepiece.
Skip the wedding favours
The cost of giving each guest a small gift can soon mount up. So, consider not following this tradition. When deciding whether to do so or not, bear in mind that most of these gifts do not get used anyway.
Don’t hire a wedding band or DJ
Hiring a wedding band or DJ can often work out to be very expensive. So, consider using some sort of stereo system instead. Usually, a friend or family member will keep an eye on things for you. Just be careful to agree on the playlist before and discuss what style of music should be played at various points in the evening.
Do you have any further ideas to help cut costs?
Here at Bridal-tastic, we've already helped cut the costs when buying wedding dresses online which can often cost many thousands of £'s (pounds) $'s (dollars) and €'s (euros), etc.
Hopefully, these cost-cutting ideas will have given you some ideas about where you and your husband/wife to be can cut some of your wedding costs and still allow you to have a wedding to remember.
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