A lot of people seem to think that organizing a wedding needs to blow a hole in one’s wallet, but with just a tiny little bit of ingenuity, you can save a lot of money. So without any further ado, here are the top 4 tips on planning a wedding on a budget:
1. Wedding dress
This is probably the first thing to save money on. Just by taking a couple of minutes to think about it, you’ll quickly be able to see that you’d probably be wearing it only once in your entire lifetime. Is such a one-time opportunity worth spending so much money on? You can answer that one yourself. If your answer is a ‘no’, here are some alternatives:
- Get a second-hand wedding dress. You could check eBay or Craigslist, or even some of the dedicated stores. If you don’t like this idea being a groom or a bride then you can apply it on your near ones.
- Borrow it instead of buying. That way, you’ll definitely reduce the costs.
- Have it custom-made. This is probably not the cheapest option, but it’s definitely cheaper than buying a high-priced one. And given the fact it’s going to be a good fit for you, it’s the best of both worlds.
Wedding planning simply needs to have some flowers in it to have some merit, there’s no doubt about it. The cheapest place to buy flowers from is being online. To bring down the costs even more, make sure to only buy flowers that are in season. Another good trick to cut-down the prices is to simply not search for wedding flowers in the first place. Instead, go after party flowers or something of that nature. Chances are you will be getting the same quality for a lot less money.
A wedding just can’t play itself out without any good music, right? Well, luckily for you, you don’t have to go the traditional route and hire a band or a DJ. These could very well cost you over 100 bucks per hour. Instead, why not prepare the playlist yourself and avoid having to pay anything altogether? The only things you really need are some time and a good taste. It’s important to pick a genre of music that will sit well with the most of the crowd. Alternatively, you could just ask one of your friends to be a DJ. Some people would be very happy to oblige without asking for a favor in exchange!
Normally, hosting a wedding would mean hiring expensive waiters, a costly place and probably a ton of delicate food. But does it truly need to be so? By choosing to invite only the inner circle of friends and close relatives, you save a lot of money, because the wedding can be held at a smaller place. What you will find is that often times smaller venues make for a friendlier atmosphere. Furthermore, you will save a lot of money by having to buy a lesser amount of food. If you think you can manage everything yourself, you also won’t have to hire any staff. Just splice the work into smaller pieces and ask the attendees for help. For example, someone could be placed in charge of serving the drinks; someone could help in the kitchen, etc. Typically, people wouldn’t mind at all, so there’s no shame in asking for help.
Hopefully this article has given you a couple of useful wedding planning ideas. If you take your time and think things through, you can very well organize a memorable wedding without spending a small fortune. Good luck!