Despite the recent global sour news and chances of a limited Summer time for many Brits, there’s still a wedding season. And this is it!
Spring signifies a new start, so when normality returns it’s time for you to get scouring the shops and preparing yourself for those big social events.
If you are one of the many unlucky ones who missed out on their chosen date and are having to reschedule everything, the costs and logistics must be terrifying. And, if you are looking at a financial hit, then this article is just for you.
Your Big Day
So you’re really excited about your big day and want it to be utterly perfect, but the problem is, you don’t exactly have much cash to spare. Don’t worry if this sounds like you, because I’m here to reassure you that you can have the wedding of your dreams without going over budget. What you need to keep in mind is that there are only three absolutely essential things for a wedding, and that’s the bride, the groom, and an officiant. If you remember this then it’ll help you keep things in perspective at each stage of the wedding planning.
The guest list: a really simple way of slashing your budget fast is by reducing the number of guests. Having an intimate celebration won’t make the day any less special, if anything, it’ll ensure that the people who matter most are there to see you at your happiest. It isn’t necessary to invite your third cousin twice removed, or various other long-lost relatives whom you only ever see at weddings or funerals. If you’re planning a wedding on a strict budget, keep your guest list to immediate family and your closest friends – that way you’re more likely to enjoy the day too.
The reception: your reception is probably going to cut in to your wedding budget the most out of everything. Save a great deal of money by having your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday and hold anything but a dinner party – brunch, cocktails, champagne and cake, or even a lunch time picnic will all help save you loads of money. You could even ask a family member to help make the food, saving unnecessary money on a caterer.
The dress: Women spend an awful amount of time dreaming of themselves walking down the aisle in a beautiful wedding dress. In reality, wedding dresses are extremely costly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find the perfect one. Try eBay or a second hand store for a designer gown at a fraction of the usual cost. Alternatively, many bridal stores stock bridesmaid dresses in ivory or white, and these are always much cheaper than a bridal gown, and what’s more, no-one will know the difference.
Wedding stationery: there’s a lot of stationery to consider when organising a wedding. You’ll need to send save the date cards, as well as wedding invitations and place cards for the reception. If you order your wedding stationery online, you’ll find some fantastic bargain prices; the trick is to order everything early and shop around to get the best deals.
Music: don’t waste money hiring a DJ for the reception; instead, make a wedding night playlist on your iPod and take that – it’ll save you loads of money, not to mention ensure the songs you want to hear are played, rather than the usual cheese, unless of course, that’s your preferred style.
Favours: whilst traditional, favours are not exactly necessary if you’re planning your wedding to a budget. However, if you do still want to give the bridal party something as a token gesture, bake some yummy biscuits and ice each person’s name on for a personalised, low-cost thank you.
You don’t have to scrimp on style if you’re planning a wedding on a budget. As long as you’re careful with the wedding budget and save money where you can, you’ll still have the wedding of your dreams without having to worry about spending the rest of your married life paying back the enormous loan you took out to finance the big day.