Let’s face it, not everyone has the budget for great big weddings anymore, and that’s simply because no one has that excess cash anymore. However, by the look of things, that problem isn’t going to leave any time soon, so what are couples supposed to do about it? Well, there are many ways you can exploit to save some extra money when planning that wedding and most of them don’t compromise the event itself. So for people that need a little help with their weddings, here are some of the ways on how to plan a cheap wedding.
10. Keep the stuff that’s important
In a wedding, only certain aspects should be emphasized. The reception should be nice, the ceremony itself should stand out, and the food should please all the guests. Ask yourself just which parts of the wedding matter between you and your partner, whether catering should take priority or maybe the musicians that are hired. The stuff that’s important should be the most memorable.
9. Cut the stuff that doesn’t matter
To follow up tip number 10, planning should also involve cutting out the unneeded details from the wedding. This is to ensure that you won’t end paying for a part of the ceremony you didn’t even want. At the same time, it will also streamline the whole ceremony, and will ensure that the important things are memorable.
8. Cut some people from the guest list
While it may seem a little cruel at first, a reduced guest list really cuts down the cost when you really need to. You won’t have to feed 200 mouths, put them up in different rooms and you won’t have to give out party favors and other stuff of the same ilk. Besides, do you really need the cousin you haven’t talked to in years to show up for this thing? Having less people will also ensure that there is less tension and awkwardness between the families.
7. Learn to prioritize
Some things in a wedding should take priority much like the parts that should be the most memorable. To put it simply, the stuff that should be made of a higher quality should be higher on your list of priorities. If your spouse wants everyone to have a good dress, then maybe you should consider averting a little more of your budget into that aspect. At the same time, if your spouse wants everyone to have a good meal, then make sure to pour more money into the catering service.
6. Cut down on the plants
The great thing about pretty plants is that they can be great looking if they are bought from a good location and they can also add a special fragrance to the room. The sad thing about them is that they are single instance decorations and are immediately trashed after the ceremony. This is obviously a huge waste of cash, so you should avoid it at all costs. Instead, why not think about other means of decorations? There are tons of other alternatives; all you have to do is to look them up.
5. Don’t use too much flair
Perhaps another way to save money, if in a smaller scale, is to drop the flair in your ceremony. This means that your invitations have to be a little simpler, with less engravings and more simplicity to them. At the same time, this also works with less guests as you just have to send out a few of your uniquely designed invitations.
4. Get a friend to play at the reception
The beauty of having friends is that you might find a few that have some skills you can use for your wedding. If you have a few friends in a band, why not get them to play at your wedding for a low costs instead of booking a live band to play? At the same time, if you know a friend that can handle the DJ booth, why not get him involved in the whole thing as well? There are lots of ways to cut down on the music, just make sure to use all the options that you can.
3. Get a friend to cater
Like the fourth tip, this one has a lot to do with the people you know. Having a friend or maybe one who knows a person who owns a restaurant can be very beneficial. At the same time, you can also tap into the alternative choices in terms of food because you can choose something different from the standard fare. Instead of having plates served, why not plan a buffet of Hawaiian dishes. This will inevitably make your wedding a bit more memorable.
2. Pick a location that is currently off-season
Yet another great way to save cash is to make sure that you check out the locations, which aren’t currently plagued with tourists. For example, planning your wedding in a reception hall that isn’t usually busy this time of year should drive down the cost of rental. Sure, you may miss out on a few attractions during the peak times, but you’ll still be able to save some money in the end.
1. Be creative in your choices
The number one way you can save money on a wedding is to be as creative as you can with all the choices. You see, the creative choices are often the ones, which involve a unique flair, and at the same time, will also be within the realm of a good budget. Stuff like recycled décor or maybe cupcakes instead of a massive wedding cake can all be determining factors of how cheap and unique your wedding will be, so why not get to planning now?