One of the most important milestones for every woman in their lifetime is their wedding day. Everything is always well planned, from the wedding organizers, wedding dress, flower bouquets, suits, and such. These are just the reasons why some couples work hard for that wedding day without actually thinking about the expenses after the festivities are over.
Honestly, weddings don’t need to be that expensive. Remember that your wedding shouldn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket, just because you want to have one that’s grand and for you to impress people. But admit it, not every couple is willing to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars just to achieve a nice wedding.
So whether you are one of them or is thinking about it, the information below will surely help you plan a successful wedding on a budget.
1. Know The Type Of Wedding That You Want
The first thing that you need to do is to know what type of wedding you want to have. Do you want a church wedding, a garden wedding, or even one at the beach. You also need to at least have an idea where the reception can be held. There are a lot of online inspiration for both weddings and receptions so you surely won’t run out of ideas.
Just make sure to only think about the type of wedding and the reception to make things more specific and easier. The other details can be discussed later on so don’t worry about it yet. You and the wedding planner need to talk about the specific first, like the budget.
2. Know Your Budget For The Wedding
Now, all the people who are going to shell out money, no matter how big or small should be included in the meeting. Whether it’s you or your soon to be spouse or both your parents, everyone should be in the meeting. This will help know how much everyone is willing to share for the wedding. You will know the actual budget for your upcoming wedding and plan based on the budget that you have. Some people may be uncomfortable to talk about budgets with their family but this is better than not knowing how much everyone is shelling out.
When talking about the budgets make sure to include the tux, dress, wedding planner, photography, ceremony, and most importantly is the reception. Usually, the reception takes the biggest on the budget so this is very important to be discussed. Also, make sure to add a little percentage for miscellaneous.
3. Check Out Different Suppliers
You definitely need to check out different suppliers so you can compare the quality and the prices. Your friends or family can help you by asking for their recommendation as to which suppliers offer the best flower set up or any wedding stuff that you need. This will help narrow down your list.
When choosing a supplier, always make sure to choose a budget-friendly one, without actually compromising the quality. There are a lot of suppliers that offer good quality wedding stuff, from wedding invitations to flower arrangements, all you have to do is to find them.
While searching, make sure to check reviews about the suppliers that you are eyeing. This will help you gauge whether these suppliers will match your needs. Make sure to set a meeting with the ones that you have chosen to narrow down your options.
4. Build Your Guest List
Once you’re done with the above, you need to start building your guest lists, from family to your friends. If you have a huge budget, then a big guest list would be fine. But if you are on a budget, it would be best to choose your guests wisely. List down the family members that you want to invite and the closest friends that both you and your future spouse have.
There are some weddings where children are advised to be on the wedding day to make it more intimate. You shouldn’t be embarrassed to include this in your invitation, besides it’s your wedding anyway. You can choose to invite the closest person that you and your future husband have.
5. DIY Invitations
There are now different ways of how you can do your own invitations. Crafts are available anywhere and you can even print out from your laptop to your printer. There is a lot of canvass online and you can simply check which one you like to you. You can even choose a template that you think will match the motif of your wedding.
When creating your wedding invitation, make sure to choose a nice classic font and a simple text. This will definitely look classy yet stylish, without actually breaking the bank. If you don’t have the time or you feel like you won’t be able to do it, then you can check affordable sites that create quality yet affordable wedding invitations for you.
6. Skip The Gifts
In today’s generation, when a couple is sending out invitations to groomsmen and bridesmaids, usually the invitation will come with gifts. The best thing that you can do to save up is to skip the gifts, besides they might not like the gifts especially if they are not going to use it. What you can do is to write a note telling them how you appreciate them and their presence at your wedding.
The groomsmen and bridesmaids are usually family and friends and that means that they will understand that you are trying to budget everything. So there’s nothing to worry about it.
7. Stock Drinks Yourself
Every reception has a bar where people can get drinks, from juice, iced teas, to alcohol. So it would be best to do it on your own, but buying the stocks together with your future spouse. You can start purchasing alcohol in bulk or talk to the supplier as you might even get a discount for buying bulk.
If you are going to hold your reception at a function hall, confirm with them if you are alone to supply alcohol on your own. This will surely be a huge budget saver. Avoid fancy drinks and stick with the standard ones including whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka. You can also add mixers like juice and sodas.
Also, it would also be better to just purchase a keg of beer instead of purchasing a number of cases. The reason behind this is because there might be leftover beers that can go to waste. Kegs are better because you will be able to store them for a number of months. This is also better to ensure that you won’t run out of beers in the middle of the party.
8. Offer Advertisements
If you are planning to hire a live band or a DJ at your wedding reception, it would be best to offer some advertisements in exchange for discounts. You can do this by putting a small case where their cards can be reached. So whether you are hiring a photographer, florists, DJ, or caterers, offering them a deal like this would be best.
This type of advertisement is very effective and in fact, a lot of businesses agree to this kind of set up. So don’t be embarrassed to ask and talk about this deal with them.
9. Borrow Sound Systems
If you don’t have a sound system at home, it would behest to borrow from a family member or a friend. Remember that you don’t need to have multiple speakers for the entire place. All you need is two or three that you can put on the dance area. You can use your phone or anything that you use to listen to sounds and connect it to your sound system. Create a playlist for the reception using both you and your future spouse’s favorite music. Choosing the songs yourself will make it personalize and be a great experience.
10. Scout For Decorations
Instead of letting your wedding coordinator do all the scouting, it would be best to do your own. Choose decorations that you would want to be in your wedding and wedding reception. There are a lot of stores that offer decorations for different occasions. You can check for sale items there and choose one that fits the theme of your wedding.
You can also check out thrift stores and consider purchasing secondhand decorations that are still useable. You can find them online if you don’t have time to go to a thrift store. These online sellers can sometimes provide discounts if you purchase a lot of decorations from them.
11. Rent Tuxedos, Suits, Dresses
If your future spouse sees the need to purchase a tuxedo for future use, then, by all means, purchase one. But if not, renting would be ideal as this will save you a lot of money. There are a lot of shops that let you rent tuxedos and suits for the groomsmen. Just make sure to bring them with you so they can fit the suits.
For the dresses of the bridesmaids, you can also rent them out and make sure to bring them along with you. This will help fit the dresses that they will wear on the wedding day. Choose dresses that will match the motif of your wedding. Doing all these will help you save a lot.
12. Wedding Dress Off The Rack
There are now wedding dresses that can be worn already without the bride waiting for her dressed to get sewed. Choose one off the rack or you can even go to different shops until you find the wedding dress that you want on your wedding day. The good thing about these stores is that they cater to different sizes, so whether you are petite or someone whose voluptuous, worry not because you will find the one that you are looking for.
Your bridesmaids can also go with you so they can choose dresses if renting one is not ideal. Usually, stores with wedding dresses also come with dresses for the bridesmaids. This will help you bond with them while looking at all those gorgeous dresses around.
13. Make Flowers To A Minimal
Some couples tend to go all out on flowers, and while this is okay if you have an unlimited budget, it isn’t if you want to save on money. The best thing that you can do is choose small bouquets but beautiful, for you and for your bridesmaids. There are a lot of flowers that you can choose from and worry not because even the affordable ones are beautifully arranged.
If you want to save more, you can also make your own flowers. You can purchase the ones that you love one day before the wedding day. Now, to ensure that the flowers will stay fresh the next day, trim the thorns away if there are any. Make sure that they are in a cold room and put them in water.
There are also some wedding planners who suggest using fake flowers. You shouldn’t worry because there are fake ones that truly look real. There are a lot of fake flowers that are also bundled which means that you can save more. They come in different arrangements or you can arrange them yourself.
14. Do The Catering On Your Own
You can also save on hiring caterers by preparing the food and the catering yourself. Also, if you have a family who owns a restaurant or anything alike, it would be best to hire them instead. Usually, a family will go the extra mile to help you with your wedding. You shouldn’t worry because you will still offer to pay but at a discounted price if ever. So don’t be embarrassed to ask them if they can do the catering at your wedding reception.
With all of these tips above, you will surely be able to plan a successful wedding on a budget. Remember that a wedding shouldn’t break the bank or put a hole in your pocket. An intimate one is always the ideal one.