Does the sound of a “budget” wedding make you cringe?
Your wedding should be about your marriage and not about the wedding, but I do understand the pressures to create an amazing event. After all, it should be one of the best days in your life.
Ready, Set, Let’s Get Wed:
Rule number one to bring your wedding in on budget is to actually have a budget! This shouldn’t come as a shock to you, but you would be surprised at the amount of people that simply forget this important step. Know your numbers — know what you can spend, and where it is coming from, where it is going, and be as detailed as possible.
1. Location, Location, Location — You are no stranger to those words in real estate, but this is where you can save massive amounts of money for your wedding. Does a friend have a nice backyard you could borrow? Are you friends with a restaurant owner and you could use the space on their day off? Do you have a special skill or talent that you could barter for a free or reduced cost wedding venue. Look at who and what is around you and I guarantee you can find an amazing venue for next to nothing.
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Price Tag: $99 – $200
3. Ready For My Close Up — Pictures is another place where you are likely to demolish your budget if you aren’t careful. However, with the advances in technology and the amazing cameras on cellphones, you have no excuses anymore.
Bridal Guide’s post on “Easy to Use Wedding Photo Sharing Apps” can be wedding budget’s best friend. Guests can snap pictures and capture video all night long and upload them to your custom site. You can have the advantage of many different photographers -or- this post from Brides.com “The Best Ways to Share and Save Guests’ Photos of Your Wedding” with tips on how to use social media to your advantage. Then, if your budget allows, hire a professional photographer for a few hours to fill in and round out your pictures.
Price Tag: $0 – $500
4. Let’s Eat — Don’t be afraid to go against the grain here. When planning for the reception, you can have elegant, yet simple and budget friendly food to assure that all of your wedding guests enjoy the reception evening. Here are some ways to save loads of cash:
- Cut the Cost of Servers/Go Buffet Style
- Keep the Menu Simple
- Limited Alcohol Serving Times
- Use Outside Catering
- Pot Luck Style
- Use Foods In Season
- Daytime Reception (Lite lunch instead of dinner)
- Cake Alternatives (Small 6″ cake for cutting & cupcakes to serve)
Price Tag: $50-$1200
5. Shake Your Booty — I promise that you don’t need to spend thousands on a band or a DJ to have an awesome dance party at your wedding. Here’s what you need: good speakers, an iPhone loaded with some great dance songs or Pandora. Pay a friend to be your DJ or ask if can be their wedding gift. The important focus should be on your guests having a good time, and after a few cocktails, they won’t notice if you had a six-piece band or a great playlist.
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6. Let’s Accentuate — Everyone loves the smell of fresh flowers at a wedding, but gone are the days of needing a flower to cover every service at your wedding. Think of flowers and decor as “accentuaters,” not the main feature. One of the best secrets is to set aside some money and go to a local flower shop, flower mart, or even the local grocery store the day of your wedding.
You may not get exactly what you have your heart set on, but I guarantee you will have plenty of options at a fraction of the price. Plus, if you choose a great backyard for a wedding the chances are you won’t need many flowers all.
Some of the best wedding accessories such as candles, candle holders, and vases can be found at the Dollar store. No one would even know that you only spent $50 and were able to adorn every table with sweet smelling candles and funky vases.
Price Tag: $50-150
7. Put a Ring on It — Wedding rings are the symbol of marriage and they come in every shape and size. Some shinier than others. Being creative with your cash doesn’t stop here. There are so many deals and opportunities to get a “good” ring for decent price.
“Where’s the Clearance, Clarence?“… I love shopping the clearance sections of any store. You can find quality items for slashed prices. Wedding rings are no exception… Kay Jewelers has beautiful rings in their clearance section of the website. And who says you have to have a “traditional” wedding set? Precious gem rings also make a statement…think outside the box when selecting your rings.
Price Tag: $101-$250
It is quite possible to stun your guests with a hip and stylish wedding that is affordable at the same time. There are no prizes for the most money spent on a wedding. You won’t get your picture in a fancy magazine either. All you are left with is an empty bank account. Hopefully with these simple strategies you can start imagining your wedding, with all the glitz and glamour, at a fraction the price.
Here are more resources for weddings on a tight budget…
Peaceful Dumpling – “My Dream Wedding Under $1,000 Dollars!“
Newly Weds on a Budget – “Budget Wedding Series: How to Have a Wedding Under $1,000“
A Practical Wedding -“It’s Time to Share Secrets: What Is Your Wedding Budget?“
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