Are you stressed out thinking about the expenses for your wedding? Don’t be. It is possible to have an affordable and memorable wedding. You only need to plan ahead. What you save in money, you invest with time.
Here are some wedding planning tips to help you stay within your budget:
1. Guest List and Invitations
Invite your closest friends and immediate family only. For the invitations, make your own. You can use templates available online. You can play with the designs but it’s better to make it simple, especially if you’re not that into graphic design. And then, print them yourself.
2. Venue and Decor
If you’d like to stick to a budget, consider holding your ceremony, or at least, your reception at home, especially if you have a spacious backyard or a garden. If you don’t, you can also just empty out your living room to make space. This is doable if you follow the first tip of inviting just immediate family and close friends.
If you really can’t do it at home, consider doing an outdoor wedding. A nature park is more likely to be cheaper than renting a hotel function room or a hall. Plus, it’ll be pre-decorated, courtesy of Mother Nature.
For your decorations, go with simple and minimalist style. If you’re a bit artistic, go the DIY route. Let your creativity shine through while staying within your budget.
3. Attire and Rings
The wedding dress is cheaper off the rack. You can also wear a simple white dress, which will go well with your minimalist theme.
Instead of buying new dresses for the bridesmaids, they could wear something they already own, but in a color that matches the motif. The groom and his men could rent as a group, or just wear matching suits.
4. Food and Music
The food could be catered by a family-owned restaurant, or if your friends and family are willing to help, you can cook for your own reception. For the program, you can also ask a friend to play as the DJ for your event.
5. Gifts and Souvenirs
Instead of having a registry and asking for gifts, you can ask for help. Delegate tasks to your friends and family. You can ask a photographer friend to take your wedding photos for free, or at least, at a discounted price. You can also give handmade gifts, like cookies, soap or candles. Or you can skip the souvenirs and send thank you notes instead.
There’s a lot you can do to trim down your wedding expenses. What’s important is your commitment to making a memorable wedding day to start the rest of your life as a couple together.
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