How To Plan Your Dream Wedding On A Budget?
Ladies, please don’t sell your soul for your wedding. The big flashy wedding is peak consumerism, and it’s going to hurt your pockets. Not to mention all the stress that comes with planning a marriage like that. Don’t be put off, however, maybe that big wedding is your dream, or possibly your budget is recommending something more low key.
It’s your day, so however you want it to look, here are a few tips to avoid breaking the bank, whilst still achieving the wedding that younger you always dreamed of.
How much do you want to spend – divide it up
Budgeting goes hand in hand with researching. Perhaps you have a price cap for the day; maybe you want to spend $15,000 maximum. This is all good and fine, but you have to know how you’re going to split this to cover all the features of your wedding.
Some things you’re going to need to budget for, is the cake, the catering, the venue, the dress, and the drinks. But there are a few extra costs to keep in mind so that they don’t sneak up on you further down the wedding planning road. Don’t forget about a photographer, any transport costs, and the fee to book an officiant or priest, depending on which you’ll be going with.
Of course, there are ways to cut all of these costs if you know the right people. However, if you don’t, you need to make sure you’ve set aside an adequate sum to ensure you’ve covered all of your bases. If you have a vegas wedding, you probably won’t need to save up for very long to cover the costs. However, if you want to get married sooner than your budget allows, there is always financial help for your wedding available. However, planning will always be your ally.
Ditch the DJ and the band
Yes, live music or a DJ controlling the music for you, seems ideal. However, it’s an unnecessary extra cost and can often create a barrier between the music and your personal touch. Not only will building your playlist save you money, but it will also allow you to play exactly what you want to hear. Yes, you can request songs with a DJ, however, it’s not as easy as pre-ordering the music for the day.
Meaning all you’ll need to do on the day of, is make sure your phone is on charge and plugged into the speakers. Easy-as and Spotify premium is a lot cheaper than hiring a band.
Pick the cheapest time to get married
Here’s one you might not have considered – there are times of the year, and the week, that is more affordable than others. Depending on where on the globe you’re from, some seasons are more desired than others. Within this, there are also days of the week that are more expensive than others due to popularity. Typically Friday to Sunday is a very sought after time-period. If you’re looking to save a few dollars, consider a mid-week wedding.
The venue will influence the cost of hire. So it’d be smart to shop around when locating the place. Keep the price tag in mind before falling in love with the venue; it may save you the heartbreak of having to pass on a location you wanted.
You don’t have to invite everyone you know
Just because your mother wants her cousin that you don’t know there, doesn’t mean you have to invite the cousin. Just because you worked with that girl two years ago, does not mean she has to be at your wedding.
Over-inviting people – often people you don’t even want there – is going to kill your budget. If you have a large group of close friends, and you want them to all be bridesmaids, then this is understandable. But you don’t need your dad’s best friend there. It is your day and your decision.
Also, it’s not a bad thing to invite people to the ceremony, but not the reception. The reception is an intimate celebration. So let your mum’s cousin watch you tie the knot, but don’t feel pressured to have her at the after-activities.
Do It Yourself – you’re capable
If you have a little bit of talent, make your cake yourself. It will not only be affordable, but it will also be personalized. Alternatively, try DIY table decorations; you can find plenty of ideas on Pinterest to use as inspiration.
Use your backyard as the venue. With a little bit of landscaping work, your backyard may be just as beautiful as a hired venue, minus the price tag. And most catering services will happily set up in your yard.
If you can’t do it yourself, maybe you have a friend or a family member who could be your photographer for a reduced rate. Perhaps your sister is a talented baker, or your mother is a seamstress who can design your dress. Ask for help; the people around you are usually more than happy to oblige.
Your honeymoon doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg
Finally, settle with the honeymoon plans. You will have been planning and organizing and stressing about this day for months. Not to mention the day itself is going to be exhausting. Your honeymoon is your private celebration between you and your spouse. And it also doubles as recuperation time.
If you’re an adventurous couple, then go ahead and book all the tours, at your destination, that you can afford. However, for the sake of you as well as your budget, try something more relaxed. An 18-hour flight across oceans and continents is only going to stress you out and tire you more.
If your heart is set on this, however, there’s nothing wrong with getting to your destination and taking your time, exploring on your own. Even better, explore somewhere within your own country if you’re on a tighter budget. It will be just as good.
Your wedding is your day; you can do it however you like. However, if a budget constrains you, then some of the tips in this article may just be for you.
Ultimately, try your best to avoid stress. Something minor may go wrong, but it won’t change the fact that you are about to be married to the love of your life, and celebrate with those closest to you.
When its all over, you’ll look back on it with fond memories regardless. Good Luck!