One of the biggest concerns couples have about getting married is being able to afford hosting the wedding for all their family and friends. This should be one of the most exciting times of your life, not a time to be stressed about money for caterers, photographers, and florists. Setting the wedding budget is the easy part, being able to squeeze in all the things you want at the wedding is another thing.
The following tips for a hip wedding on a budget will help you create the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.
15 Ideas To Keep Your Wedding On Budget
1. Wedding Help vs. Wedding Gifts
Rather than have your friends go out and buy toasters, blenders, and silverware as wedding gifts, try asking family and friends who have certain talents to help with some services needed for the wedding in lieu of a wedding gift. A great way to maintain the wedding budget is have friends who are photographers, musicians, or printers, provide their services for the wedding ceremony or reception. They might also be willing to pay for or sponsor a certain part of the wedding.
2. Use Minimal Flowers
Don’t spend a small fortune on flowers that will be gone in a few days. Try to keep things simple and elegant at the same time. Giving the bridesmaids a single rose not only is more cost-effective, it is unique, elegant, and chic. Perhaps you have a friend or neighbor who has several rose bushes on their property. This is a great way to get beautiful flowers and make your own bouquets right before the ceremony. Consider fake flowers, today they are skillfully crafted by artists who put hours of hard work into making them look like the real thing.
3. Keep The Guest List Small
Just because you are getting married does not mean you have to invite every friend of a friend that you know to the ceremony. Each person you add to the guest list increases your wedding budget and makes the setting less intimate. Don’t feel obligated to invite too many people, save money by inviting as few as possible. To keep a tight wedding budget, trim off 20% from the original list, and then do it again until you have a gathering of very close friends and family.
4. Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gifts
Rather than go out and spend a small fortune on monogrammed money clips and custom jewelry that most won’t use anyway, take the time to write each person a personal letter instead. The tradition of giving them gifts is becoming a thing of the past for those trying to have a frugal wedding, and besides, they will definitely understand.
5. Bring Your Own DJ
Don’t shell out money to hire an expensive DJ to play music at the wedding, rent or bring your own stereo equipment to the hall. Place speakers around the dance floor, create your playlist weeks in advance on your iPod, and then ask a friend to monitor it during the night.
6. Create Your Own Invitations
Before you make your own invitations, see if the hall where you are having the ceremony offers invitations with the package. If not, your home printer is capable of making some high-quality invitations instantly. Pick up some glossy or color paper stock at the stationery store, write out your own invitation on a word program and print. You can also consider low-cost printing sites like Vista Print or other ideas for keeping wedding invitations budget friendly. Use an online wedding rsvp website to save on return cards and postage.
7. Vendor Cards For Reduced Rates
When you are trying to maintain a tight wedding budget, you have to look for any opportunities to save money. Consider asking vendors before you hire them if they would reduce their rates in exchange for letting them advertise at the wedding. Placing their business card next to every guest’s place setting appeals to many vendors looking to drum up future business.
8. Local Musicians & Photographers
If you are looking to have live music on a budget call the local university to see if they have musical students that might play for your wedding. Not only will this develop their resume, they come cheap. This also works for photographers at the university looking to use their skills to break into a tough industry.
9. Used Decorations
Wedding decorations will be used once for a few hours and then tossed away. Take the time to visit online auction sites or Facebook groups for yard sales. Many brides often sell all their centerpieces and other wedding decorations soon after to recoup some of the cash they laid out. Ask the wedding venue if they have any decorating items available from past events. Here is a chance to save a bundle and stay within your tight wedding budget.
10. The Ladies Auxiliary
If you are getting married in a church, you could reach out to the ladies’ auxiliary for some help. These women are usually very receptive to helping with some of the wedding preparation in exchange for a minimal donation to their group. The services they provide could really lighten your work load that week.
11. Rent Tuxedos in Bulk
Rather than having the boys head out to the tuxedo rental shop one at a time, get the guys together to meet at one designated time to save money on the total cost. In some cases, if everyone shows up together to get fitted, the cost of the groom’s tuxedo is free.
12. Plan a Simple Honeymoon
While an expensive honeymoon is fun; you won’t like coming home to see all your wedding cash has disappeared as a result. Stay closer to home, plan a shorter honeymoon, and just unwind somewhere relaxing for a few days after the event is over. Rent a car and just drive where the road takes you, or take in some local sights you haven’t seen before.
13. Find Wedding Dress Deals
Instead of ordering custom bridesmaids dresses they’ll only wear once buy discounted ones off the rack. If you plan far enough ahead, you can put the word out to local dress shops to call you when a group of similar dresses becomes available. Or pick a color theme and allow bridesmaids to find their own style of dress that matches the color palette.
14. Keep The Rehearsal Dinner Casual
Rather than rent a local restaurant for the night for the rehearsal dinner, head over to your house or a friends and have fun this last night before the big day. If the weather cooperates, host a backyard party that is intimate and memorable for everyone. No dress code, no rules, just one last chance to let it all hang out before things get serious tomorrow. If everyone brings a dish, you save a fortune on paying for meals at the restaurant for the whole wedding party.
15. Planning is Everything
When it comes to a tight wedding budget, planning is your best friend. The earlier you plan, the less stress you have as the date approaches, and the cheaper things can be. Planning ahead means you have plenty of time to find some great discounts and deals you might otherwise not see when you are stressed as time is running.
A wedding can be unique, personal, hip and budget friendly. Relax, have fun, and keep looking for opportunities to save money any chance you can.