A wedding can be a joyous occasion but it can also leave a big dent in the pocket if you are not well prepared. A common mistake many couples make is focusing more on making the wedding flashy without considering the budget.
You can cut costs for every stage of the wedding from the engagement to the reception. You can have a great wedding on a moderate budget
Save on the engagement
An engagement can be memorable while keeping the cost low. For the wedding ring, it is cheaper to visit a gem dealer, pick a stone and have it cut rather than having a ready-made ring. For the engagement choose a modest place like the local game park instead of a 5 star. Avoid an engagement party.
Sending out invitations
It is possible to have well designed hand written invitations. These will have more pull for the invitees especially if they come with a personal message.
Save on the venue
Venues away from big cities are cheaper. Choose a small town which will have lower rates and cheaper venues as there are fewer events. Booking a wedding during the week instead of the weekend will also get you a lower quote. Be sure to pay for the venue in full and negotiate for a discount.
Save on the reception
The biggest cost items here are food and drinks. Start of by doing away with an open bar. This is often the biggest bill as it is easily abused. The guests can bring their own drinks if the venue allows it. You could try to have friends and family act as caterers instead of hiring a catering firm.
You can assign photography and the music to your college and high school relatives. You will be surprised at the imagination they can put into it.
Save on attire
Be sure to shop as widely as possible for the wedding gown and the groom’s suite. For an extra oomph, there is always an upcoming designer who is willing to cut the price in return for the exposure.
You can do your own hair and makeup or have friends and family do it. It is also a good idea to check out the local beauty school for students willing to try out their skills.
Save on the décor
The best way to save on wedding décor is having a brainstorm with friends and family, experimenting with different ideas. Flower arrangements can be made with the local florist instead of an events planner. For centerpieces negotiate with an art student to craft some for you at reasonable rates.