Planning a perfect wedding day can be quite costly. From the wedding gown to the food, venue, flower arrangement and decor, there are many expenses associated with weddings. Subsequently, different wedding vendors offer their products and services at varied rates. As such, it is wise to have a budget that will guide your wedding planning and expenditure.
Ultimately, as a bride on a budget, you must learn to prioritize your needs so as to determine where to spend more and where you can save. One secret to saving and sticking to your budget that is often overlooked is the fact that you need to focus on spending wisely as opposed to having an elegant wedding.
Thus, have a plan on how you will pay for the various wedding expenses before making financial commitments to suppliers. Most importantly, be sure to only spend on those things that matter to you. Here are some wedding tips for budget friendly brides to get you started.
Tips for the vendors, menu and dress
1. Your wedding dress is an indispensable expense.
Even then, there is an emerging trend of brides opting for a change of outfit as they transition from the ceremony to the reception. The truth is that this is often costly.
Even then, this is not to say that you cannot have a change of dress. Rather, you will do well to consider cheaper options like changing your hairstyle or costume jewellery to give you a different look instead without changing your ceremony dress.
2. Source for your entertainment locally.
While entertainment is an important component for this big day, you do not have to go for expensive bands. Instead, you can opt for a solo violinist or guitarist, the children’s choir or even your local church choir.
3. Go for a smaller cake.
Although the temptation to have a five tier cake may be so real, always remember that most of the guests will be busy dancing to notice the cake. Thus, you can have and cut a smaller but beautiful cake that you will share with your guests.
4. Scale on catering expenses by serving a less costly, but tasty menu.
For instance, you can serve pasta for your entrée, have gourmet as your presentation and fillings. You can also eliminate prime meats and seafood as these often eat into a big chunk of your catering budget. You can also have a dessert reception or simply have a daytime wedding in order to cut on the amount of food that you will need.
5. Printed materials often cost a lot even though they can really set the tone of the day.
However, you do not have to pay so much on invites. Instead, explore home printing, flat printing, unique fonts, and a designer layout and add embellishments of your own for amazing invites at a very affordable cost.
Tips for the décor and floral arrangement
a. When flowers are in season, they are less costly.
You can use this cue to decide on what flowers you will have on your big day. Overall, limit the kind of flowers as opposed to the number of flowers. Using flowers that are in abundance can have such a great impact on your space.
b. Reuse the flowers.
Instead of ordering fresh flowers for the reception, reuse those from the ceremony. Be sure to let your florist know in advance so that they handle the flowers well and also facilitate the repositioning at the reception on time.
c. Infuse some glow with candles.
When used in abundance, candles can create a magnificent, elegant and romantic ambience yet they are affordable. You can come up with strategic arrangements for the amazing look.
d. Ask the caterer for table runners or overlay.
Table tops determine the appearance of the room yet linen rental can cost you quite a bit. Thus, you can save on this by sticking to the cream or white table top options, but ask your caterer to add runners or overlay. This leaves you with an impeccable appeal at an affordable cost.
e. Go for locations that do not need too much of the décor.
When you have locations that can stand on their own as a backdrop, such as the beach or a garden, the beauty of Mother Nature will need little décor.
Choose Your Wedding Planner Wisely!
It is also paramount to look up some wedding planning apps that are a gateway to many ideas and opportunities of cutting down on your wedding expenses. Finally, always bring in your personality to the big day. The tips discussed above will sure save you a fortune while letting you have your perfect wedding.
You do not need to have so much money to have a memorable wedding day. Having a budget and a good plan will not only guide your planning, but also help you cut down on some of the costs, hence save you money.