How to Plan a Beautiful Wedding on a Budget without Looking Cheap
Feb 01, 2017
Let’s be honest for a moment: weddings are ridiculously expensive. Even if you’ve been planning this moment in your head for years (OK, maybe since childhood) you can’t deny that spending more than $30,000 on a wedding is insane.
To good news is that there are many cost-effective ways to get a dream wedding without breaking the bank. Sure, you won’t have three different signature cocktails, but are they really necessary?
With that in mind, here’s how to plan a beautiful wedding on a budget.
Plan ahead and set your budget
Maybe the most important thing you can do to save money is to start planning your wedding as early as possible. In fact, the earlier you start putting everything on paper and preparing your to-do list, the higher the chances to find amazing deals and discounts. Not to mention the fact that there won’t be any last minute items left on the list that you’ll have to pay a hefty price for just because there aren’t other options.
Talk to your partner and agree on a budget you both think is appropriate for the wedding. Then, give yourselves at least a few months in advance for planning and booking. Sure, there will be some unanticipated expenses, but try sticking to your initial budget as much as possible.
Ask your friends for help
You probably have an acquaintance that’s in a band, a friend that’s secretly an excellent chef or a cousin that loves taking photographs. Why not find a way to include them in the wedding as more than just simple guests? You can hire them for the event or even request their services as a wedding gift. You might be surprised at how delighted they’d be to contribute to such a special occasion.
While we’re on the topic of getting creative with some of the services you need, don’t forget to ask your friends and family for tips on how to find the best deals on renting a venue, hiring a catering firm, and so on. You never know where the best ideas could come from!
Get creative with the venue and decorations
We all know that wedding venues can get notoriously expensive. There’s no question about the fact that this will be one of the most expensive things on your list. The good news is that there are countless options that could help you save some money, location-wise. Public spaces, such as parks, beaches, and gardens or even a friend’s backyard can be an excellent wedding venue.
As far as decorations go, ask yourself how you can use your location’s surroundings to your advantage. Try to maximize the beauty of the space itself to divert some of your decoration budget towards other things. For instance, instead of spending thousands of dollars on centerpieces, you can use some of the money to create some cute and memorable take-home gifts for your guests, such as thank you notes or gift photo frames.
Your wedding is one of the most important moments in your life, so it’s totally understandable that you want to create a memorable event. But, try to remember that, in the end, the best memories won’t come from the food you served or the flowers you picked but from the people you surrounded yourself with during your special day.