With weddings on steroids every season, it is understood that the prices will also get fuelled up depending on the hike of your needs and lavishness. The happy couples are likely looking for easy ways to trim the budget without sacrificing any of the important aspects such as fun, food and guests' comfort.
We have listed a few points on how to reduce the costs of wedding planning without compromising the elegance of your big day.
Focus on what you feel is most important to you and your guests. 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 game 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 much, so save money on decorative flowers, put your money into your bridal party flowers and go with non-floral table centrepieces at your reception. The flowers in the bride's bouquet and those with your parents, bridesmaids, and other relatives are the flowers that will forever be in your photos, so that's where you should want to invest. Rather than having floral centrepieces, put beautiful, tall candles on the tables and surround them with glass pebbles, or float candles in water.
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. Therefore, they probably also won't know if you've made your invitations yourself and this can be done flawlessly by accessing invitation software.
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 their fees, 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 like these mini white chocolate cakes, 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 gowns. You can also freely choose to wear jewellery that your grandmother or mother wore at her wedding.
11. BE YOUR OWN DJ
Personalize 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-easy wedding.