Weddings are expensive. Insanely expensive. So in this day and age, when the economy is less than ideal, how can you plan your wedding on a budget. I can offer several tips, ranging from huge cost cutters to the little things you will barely notice. It’s important to make your wedding day special without breaking the bank!
Consider changing your season
Many wedding vendors will offer discounts for off-season weddings. This includes banquet halls, photographers, caterers, and many other workers. Consider a winter wedding. With the beautiful wintery backdrop, your wedding can be beautiful and can save you a lot of dough.
Use people you know
You may know cooks, photographers, or decorators and not even be aware. Many people have hobbies that they dabble in, that can substitute for an expensive pro. Some of them may even offer themselves up as a wedding gift so you wouldn’t pay at all. Make sure they know what they’re doing, but don’t hesitate to work with beginners. In this advanced day and age, a semi-experienced hand with a digital camera can be a great photographer. A crafty person can help with anything from cake to invitations to centerpieces. Just because they aren’t a pro, doesn’t mean they can’t help you out!
You may even be able to make some of your own things. Consider making your wedding party gifts. A framed picture of the two of you with a nice letter can be a great gift. If you’re crafty, think of maybe sewing or knitting something. You can make a scrapbook for a gift. You can invite them over, cook a nice dinner and host a night in as a gift. They will appreciate whatever you do. There are many other things you can make yourself too. You can design beautiful wedding invitations and programs on your computer. The paper and ink you use may be cheaper than ordering them from a company. You can even make decorations of your own rather than buying them. Centerpieces, card boxes and other decorations aren’t hard to make if you go simple. And they can still be amazing!
Hit the dollar store
Dollar stores sell all kinds of things that can help. Many of them sell fake flowers that look just as nice as the more expensive ones at craft stores. You can also purchase candles and frames there that are just as nice as the ones at more expensive stores. You can also hit the big discount stores like Wal-mart. Wal-mart has a huge wedding section with some very nice items.
Buy as you go
Watch for coupons and sales and buy things you need when you can get them cheaper. Little accessories like decorations, favors, guestbooks, and other wedding accessories can be purchased months in advance. That way you already have them, you got a deal, and they don’t get you bogged down as details build later on.
Join mailing lists
Mailing lists from various wedding stores and craft stores can offer heads-up on sales, plus coupons. Consider The Knot and Wedding Channel online. Look around in your area and find out if the local craft stores have mailing lists or e-mail lists that you can get on. That way you can be warned of sales without having to constantly keep an eye out. You have a lot of other details to worry about!
Fake flowers can be much cheaper than real, and also save a lot better. You can purchase them months ahead of time and not worry about them wilting. You can make them yourself rather than hiring a florist. You can end up saving a whole lot of money!
Cut the list
Each guest you add to the list is costing you money. Maybe they wouldn’t mind a nice announcement in the mail instead of a wedding invitation. Of course you want everyone to share in your wonderful event, but it’s a whole lot cheaper to take 150 people out to dinner than 300.
It’s your wedding day. It’s going to be perfect no matter what. So why not make a couple of budget cuts and still have your day? A cheaper wedding can still be amazing and beautiful.