April 11, 2018

Are you planning a wedding on a shoe string Budget?

You don’t have to break the bank to have a beautiful, meaningful wedding day. Here’s how to save cash without looking cheap!

First — and most importantly — remember that you only truly need three things to have a successful wedding day: a bride, a groom, and an officiant. Everything else is optional.

Your guest list

Slash it!!!  Your wedding is a celebration, but it is also a very intimate moment.

Do you really need to invite business associates with whom you (or your parents) only socialize to network? Second cousins thrice removed that you haven’t seen since you were in diapers? college buddies with whom you only keep in touch on Facebook, but haven’t actually spent significant time since graduation?

When budgeting is a concern, keep your guest list to immediate family and the closest of friends. you will enjoy spending this meaningful day with the people you value the most.

The dress

Many women spend a good chunk of their lives dreaming of the beautiful frock we will wear on our wedding day,  It is possible, if not downright easy, to find a gorgeous gown for far less than the astronomical prices. Have you considered hiring?

The reception

There’s no doubt that your wedding reception and catering takes more than half of the budget, but does it really have to be the fancy venue at an exotic wine farm that will cost you a fortune, or could it be a smart venue owned by the caterer. 

Consider having your wedding on a Sunday. Brunch, cocktails, even a lunch garden picnic will all save you tons of cash over a full dinner.  Still want an evening meal? Go for a buffet with chicken, pasta and in-season produce instead of beef. You’ll save the cost of extra waiters and expensive ingredients.

Flowers

Wedding flowers can easily run you in the thousands. To cut costs, make sure you order only blooms that are in-season. Order loose stems and make the arrangements yourself. This is not nearly as difficult as it sounds! You can also order your flowers online for a fraction of the cost of a traditional florist. t

Invitations

Only last as long as the celebration. Is there anyone out there that can honestly say more than half of their guests still have their invitations after 2 years of marriage.  My advice to you is, do them yourself  or consider a digital one.   We also have plenty of professionals who supply the blank invitations or the DIY kit. 

You can skip…

Favours: Most guests toss wedding favours anyway. If you really want to leave something, bake yummy treats yourself.

Save-the-dates: Save the date cards are an unnecessary expense, unless you’re having a destination wedding, requiring people to make travel arrangements well in advance.

Video: Chances are you will only watch a wedding video once or twice, yet spend thousands on its production. Add this money into your still photography budget instead.

Don’t skimp on

Photography: Hire the absolute best photographer that you can afford. If you try to cut corners here, you are guaranteed to regret it each and every time you — and your loved ones — look at your wedding photos. A great photographer is one of the most important investments you can make. Remember, you are asking them to record a piece of family history — one that will last for generations to come. 

Now that I’ve shared some tips on how to save some costs on your wedding, I’m sure you came to the conclusion that your wedding budget could be anything you want it to be.

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