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It’s a known fact that weddings cost a bomb and to just pull off any typical wedding, you’d need to fork out most of your hard-earned savings which can honestly be a drag to deal with after your wedding day. So much goes into planning a wedding, so much time effort and it gets exhausting to put everything together at the end of the day. You have to find a good venue, wedding decorations, your bridal gown and your fiance’s suit, etcetera. If you do go about planning your wedding according to the style you’ve always dreamed of, chances are is that you are going to face a very fat check which you will spend the next year trying to work off.
You don’t need to spend this money to get your dream wedding. It’s possible, by cutting some corners and by being selective of the services that you use. Here are 3 tips for you to have a low-cost but yet the most magical wedding you could have ever dreamed of.
#1 CHOOSE YOUR GUESTS WISELY
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When it comes to figuring out who to invite to your wedding, it’s important that you take time to sit down and really consider who you want to be present to share your special moment with you. Although every person brings a gift and the saying goes “the more the merrier”, be realistic. You’ll be searching for a wedding venue based on your guest list and if you have too large a guest list, you’d end up spending excessively for people you don’t even care about. Depending on your preference, many brides desire their weddings to be more intimate and by narrowing down your list by 40% or more, you’ll be giving yourself more budget to work with whilst also saving yourself some cash. I promise you, this will definitely help with keeping your wedding costs down to a minimum whilst giving the dream wedding you deserve.
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Budget on your location, food and dessert, and your musicians. One of the biggest parts of your wedding budget will usually cater to the venue. Instead of looking for up-market places like hotels which would burn a hole right through your pocket, opt for simpler locations which still has its beauty and charm. Try having an outdoor wedding in a backyard, and think about whether you have family members or friends with amazing gardens. Why not ask for permission to borrow that space or if this isn’t possible, try renting vacation homes or private venues behind churches. Once again, depending on your budget as well as guest list, you’d be able to have a wedding venue which is low-budget whilst keeping your wedding intimate and special for all of your guests.
For food, ask your friends who have been married for contacts for their caterers. Search online for packages and do adequate research into finding the most appropriate cost-efficient food caterers for yourself. If you know people who are fantastic homebakers, ask them if they could bake or prepare some food your reception and give them a gift in return for their contribution. Another idea that you could follow is to have a cocktail reception instead of a sit-down dinner or fine dining. For your cocktail reception, focus on the aesthetics of your reception instead of having tons of food. Read about how to arrange your reception spread so that it looks effortless, flawless and impressive. Choose to use ceramic teaspoons and other dinnerware that looks unique whilst aesthetically pleasing. Instead of having an elaborate wedding cake, opt for a recipe that has been passed down through your family generations – that’ll make your wedding more intimate, meaningful whilst making your wedding a unique and admired one.
Instead of hiring musicians from a music business, look for alternatives. For lower-cost musicians, you can approach your local university’s music faculty as well as musicians in bars or lounges who would be willing to play at your wedding in exchange for a token as well as more exposure. Although these musicians may not be as renown as others in the music industry, they will definitely provide you high quality live musical accompaniment that others will be envious of during your wedding.
#3 BE RESOURCEFUL WITH DECORATIONS
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One of the other items that incur great costs during weddings is wedding decorations. Instead of purchasing everything from wedding decoration retailers, opt for eco-friendly objects. For example, use your recycled vintage honey bottles which could be used as escort card holders. Remember not to over-dress your location for simplicity has it beauty.
With the rise of the internet, we’ve been blessed with cheaper alternatives to expensive wedding decorations as offered on online retailer sites like Aliexpress or Amazon. Instead of buying from third party shops, you’d be able to purchase your items directly from the suppliers which will be more affordable whilst giving you a greater spread of items to choose from.
Alternatively, you may also make your own wedding decorations. Albeit difficult and time-consuming, this would be the perfect way to spend more time with your family and fiance, with your homemade decorations transforming your wedding from any typical one to one that is symbolically meaningful to you and your family.
It’s really not hard to cut costs on your wedding and these are just some tips that you may follow for a more affordable, but yet amazing wedding. However, don’t skimp on your wedding just because of cost issues. Weddings usually come by only once in a lifetime, and you’d want to look back upon your wedding and reminisce about how beautiful that day was so make sure that you work hard and save enough money so that’ll you have a more flexible budget. As the saying goes, your dreams really can come true.