But as you get older, you find yourself clinging onto these visions whilst trying not to let your finances get your down. But at the back of your mind you know that the bank just isn’t going to let you have the kind of wedding you see in a Disney film. Well, not unless you want to break the bank anyway.
The thing is, though, that it’s still very possible to have an amazing wedding without spending all your cash, taking out a loan, and selling your house, car and pets first. So let’s take a look at 10 tips on how to plan a wedding on a budget!
1. Buy Seasonal Flowers
You can’t have a wedding without flowers. That’s like having a window without glass (or something).
But flowers can get really expensive, especially if all the bridesmaids each have exotic bouquets. To ensure that your flowers are not so expensive but still look amazing, you could buy seasonal flowers. These will still look great, especially if you jazz them up with a nice pendent of pears and ribbons, but they will cost much less.
2. Flowers Don’t Need To Be Everywhere
We suggest that, instead of flowers on each table, you could go with a few inexpensive vases that are filled with water or even candles.
3. You Don’t Need A Cake
These days, more and more couples are forgoing the traditional, (too) grand wedding cake. Wedding cakes are really expensive, and can cost you over $1,000. Moreover, many guests often complain that they don’t even like wedding cake but eat it just because “it’s a wedding.”
Don’t feel like you have to have a wedding cake. Instead, why not go for a dessert buffet or even a few cupcakes? Everyone loves cupcakes, and they’re much less overpowering to eat too.
4. Use A Photographer Wisely
Another tip on how to plan a wedding on a budget is to use a photographer wisely. Professional photographers charge a lot of money to take a few snaps of a wedding. Yes, they’re very good at what they do and the memories they help to preserve are certainly priceless.
But there still has to be a limit. Naturally, you probably want someone to take the photos of your wedding. But do you really need them to take photos of the reception? If the answer is “not really”, then opt out. It will save you money and you can always take snaps on your own cameras and phones.
5. Be Creative About Your Wedding Reception
It is often the wedding venue that drains most of your capital, but we all feel pressured to rent a spectacular venue. After all, most of your family members probably hired somewhere grand for their wedding, and you no doubt feel the need to do the same.
But if you’re really creative about the wedding venue, you might be able to hire a gem that doesn’t cost too much money at all. For example, a theatre stage will cost a lot less than renting out an entire hall, and yet the fun everyone can have will be just as good.
6. Make Yourself Look Stunning
You want to look beautiful for your wedding day, right? Of course you do! But no one said that you have to hire a professional makeup artist who will charge you a small fortune to transform you into a Disney princess. Instead, we’re just made to believe that this is the best way to do things because everyone else is doing it.
The reality, though, is that you could easily make yourself look beautiful for a fraction of the cost that a makeup artist would charge. To learn how, take yourself to a department store a few days earlier for a free makeover and study how they do it or watch wedding makeup tutorials on Youtube.
7. Ask Your Friends For Help
Next tip on how to plan a wedding on a budget is to ask your friends for help. Got a friend who can take photographs like a pro? Hire them for your wedding. How about a friend who knows how to apply makeup and can turn you into a goddess? Hire them too. A friend who cooks? Get them on it!
Recruiting your friends to help you out is one of the best ways to save money when planning for a wedding. They’ll be just as good as a professional, but they’ll charge much less cash – or they’ll even do it for free!
8. Cut Your Guest List Down
Another good tip on how to plan a wedding on a budget is to take a good look at your guest list and be ruthless with it.
Do you really need all those children?
Do you need any children?
And coworkers? Really?
Thinning your guest list is a marvellous way to save a bit of money when it comes to planning your wedding day, so we suggest that you just invite the people who you really want at your wedding.
9. Marry During The Week
Okay, it’s traditional to marry at the weekend, but as you can probably tell by now, it’s traditional stuff that is ensuring folk break the bank on wedding day.
It’s well known that midweek weddings are far cheaper than weekend weddings, and indeed you could probably expect to pay a third less if you got married on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Just make sure everyone can get the time off work and you’re golden!
10. Borrow A Car
We all want to travel in style on our wedding day, and it’s every ladies’ right to rock up to the church in a luxury car. But these cars can be really expensive. Before you book one, why not ask your friends if they’ve got one you can borrow? They might not have, but it’s certainly worth a shot.