With weddings getting bigger with every season, it is understood that the prices will also get fuelled up depending on the hike of your needs. Are you getting married but looking for easy ways to trim the budget without sacrificing any of the important aspects of a typical wedding? We have listed down a few tips, which will help you reduce the cost of wedding planning without compromising your big day.
Focus on what you feel is most important to you and your guest list. Before you begin planning your wedding and reception, sit down with your partner and make a list of your top five priorities. This will help to determine where you can spend magnanimously, and where it's fair to cut corners.
2. LIMIT THE GUEST LIST
Keeping the guest list as concise as possible will drastically reduce reception costs. Most caterers, restaurants and banquet halls charge per person, so the difference between 100 guests and 150 will be significant.
3. SAVE ON FLOWER DECORATION
The cost of flowers is minimal, it's the labour it takes to arrange them that costs so much. So save money on decorative flowers, invest your money into flower decor at the entrance of the venue and go with non-floral table centerpieces at your reception. Rather than having floral centerpieces, put beautiful, tall candles on the tables and surround them with glass pebbles or floating candles.
4. SKIP CUSTOM-PRINTED INVITATIONS
Your guests will probably never even notice the scalloped edges and silver ink that cost you an extra amount per print. Probably also won't come to know if you've made your invitations yourself and this can be done flawlessly by accessing some great software available online.
5. BOOK A BUDDING MUSICAL TALENT
If you have always dreamed of having a live string quartet or even a rock band at your wedding reception but can't afford it, hire music students. To avoid disaster, hold a brief audition for your musicians before you hire them, or ask if you can hear them perform at a concert or gig.
6. USE LOCAL EXPERTISE
Ask around and you'll quickly discover how to bargain talent for yourself whether you want a wedding dress or outfit stitched, a cake baked, special cravats made for the bridegroom and his party, or flowers arranged for your reception. Before you commission someone to do any one of these jobs, be very clear about what you want and what you are asking them to do.
7. KEEP DINNER SIMPLE
Food is an important part of every wedding, even more so if you're planning a wedding on a budget. Try a brunch or a light-food wedding with only a reasonable number of cuisines. Have a firm guest list when you speak to your caterer. You would not want to pay for the extra food. Get a clear cost estimate of plated meals versus buffet. Sometimes vendors charge more for a buffet because they're making more food.
8. WEDDING CAKE
Save big bucks on a wedding cake by making your own wedding desserts. From cupcakes to brownies, dress up classic desserts with piped frosting, glimmering sprinkles or mini white chocolate cakes with curls of chocolate.
9. STAY IN SEASON
Save on flowers and food by choosing in-season items. Ask your florist to suggest a list of in-season flowers to fit your colour theme.
10. SOMETHING BORROWED
Borrowing your mother or grandmother’s wedding dress will save you heaps of cash, and you may get better quality out of the deal. Vintage dresses often have better construction than mass-produced modern lehengas. You can also freely choose to wear jewellery that your grandmother or mother wore at their wedding.
11. BE YOUR OWN DJ
Personalise your wedding with your own tunes. Save money on a DJ or band by setting up your iPod with your favourite wedding playlist. Then connect your playlist to the reception space's sound system. If a band or DJ is a must, be sure to clarify the amount of time and equipment they'll need. Extra set-up time and sound equipment means an exorbitant bill for you.
Setting and keeping your wedding budget feels like a big hurdle, but it doesn't have to be so. Plan well to organise a budget wedding, which is easy on your pockets.