Wedding Planning | Stretch the Budget

If you want to have a frugal wedding on a budget, then you are not alone. So many people find themselves in the same situation, but if you take your time and if you plan out every aspect of your wedding properly then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to come out on top.
Avoid Bloating your Guest List
Sure, you may be tempted to throw everyone who you know onto your guest list, but this is not a good idea at all. With every addition you make, you add on way more additional costs than you realise. The more people you add, the less intimate your wedding will be, and this is the last thing that you want. If you want to save, then inviting less people is key. You need to whittle things down by 20% and then another 20% if you can. Keep on doing this until you end up with something that you are truly happy with. If you want to get some help then try and hire a luxury wedding planner.
Ask for Wedding Help
Asking family or even friends to help you with your wedding is always a good idea. If you have a musician in the family, then try and find out if they can offer their help or their services. When you do, you can then get their help with your big day and you can also make the whole thing much more personal too. Our brother in law and friend played our first dance while my uncle built our bar.
Hold your Ceremony Outdoors
Renting a building or even a functional hall for your ceremony can be expensive to say the least. If you want to stop this from being the case, then why not think about using your own home? You can also use a public place with a stunning view if you want. In any case, if you have your wedding outdoors then you can create a picturesque or even memorable ceremony while eliminating the cost of having to rent a venue. If you do decide to go with the outdoor route, then try and make sure that you have a back-up plan. This will help you to plan for bad weather and it means that all of your friends are not going to end up soaked.
Do the Catering Yourself
If you want to really cut down the cost of your wedding, then you need to try and handle as much of the food preparation yourself. If you get your family’s help with this then you will surely reap the benefits. If you don’t feel as though you are able to cook the whole meal yourself then try and look to your local community. See if there are any family-owned restaurants who would be happy to help out and find out if they can give you a discount. When you do, you will soon find that you are able to save money while also supporting your local community.
Go Minimal
Instead of paying out for flowers which are going to die after your reception, try and give each bridesmaid a rose and then have a small bouquet for the bride. You can make your own bouquet the day before if you want. If you are stuck, then artificial flowers are also an option. Though our flower arch was one of our most expensive elements so I certainly didn’t stick to that.
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