Weddings can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars if you aren’t careful. In fact, there are many people out there who expect such ceremonies to cost so much money. They do not have to, though. There are numerous ways you can keep a wedding under budget. You could go one further and have a very cheap wedding, but one which is still stylish and feels like a special day. Here are a few handy hints to help get yourself started if you aren’t made of money.
Venues and Ceremonies Can Be Cut Back but Elegant
Venues and ceremonies are where you should be outlaying most of your budget. Everything else can be cut down on if you really want to. However, venues, ceremonies and receptions are going to cost something, and there are no two ways about that.
Firstly, you can scrap the idea of a big church wedding. That would cost thousands. Instead, it is advantageous to look for a small hotel, a pub, or a village hall. These places often cost significantly less, and their plain halls can often give you a blank canvass to decorate them as you see fit for your dream day.
Ceremony fees don’t have to cost a packet, either. The marriage license and ceremony itself can be costly, but the reception doesn’t have to be. Booking a venue is usually made cheaper if you guarantee a certain number of guests. Putting on a simple buffet and having a bar where guests pay for their own drinks can really bring down the cost of a wedding. Most venues will be happy to cater to your needs since they are guaranteed salespeople love a drink at weddings.
Cutting Down on The Bride’s Costs
Most women have the dream wedding dress picked out. At the end of the day, though, this just isn’t feasible for everyone. However, you can certainly get a gorgeous wedding dress for far less. Being open to highstreets dresses, or even rented dresses can really help you save the dollars. The same is true of jewellery and shoes – cheap imitations can be pulled off.
Tradition can kill some people’s dreams of great weddings. After all, you really don’ want to pay for all of your bridesmaids to be dressed the same. Just ask bridesmaids to wear similar tones and colours (most will be happy to oblige), and a groom can simply wear a tux he already has.
Budget cuts can also be found in terms of décor (flowers and plants make great additions to a hall wedding), cakes can easily be acquired at local bakeries (if you aren’t too fussy), Deejaying can be taken on by your “younger” brothers/sisters, nieces or nephews with an eye for a tune, and honeymoons can be postponed until later dates. Amateur photographers are also far more cost-effective than professional ones, and there are many out there with an eye for a good picture.
All in all, by cutting corners and applying a bit of DIY to your wedding day, you can have a superb, fun and exciting wedding for just a few thousand dollars, much less than what you might expect. Remember, some people actually prefer cheaper, simpler weddings – just because you can afford a $30,000 wedding, doesn’t mean you have to have one.