Weddings are a wonderful way to celebrate the union of two souls as they become one, and in all honesty, they are a great way to drain your bank account. It doesn’t have to be this way, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an amazing wedding. There are ways to create a wonderful and memorable ceremony without mortgaging your house.
Avoid overcrowding your guest list. Most people believe they need to invite everyone they know to their wedding, but this simply isn’t true or necessary. Each guests is another price tag to add to your big total, and with each additional guest the entire ceremony becomes less and less intimate. Instead, chose close friends and family.
Involve your friends and family in the wedding preparations. Is your Aunt a baker, or maybe a florist? Offer her a deal, instead of bringing a blender or a toaster as a wedding present, she can bake the wedding cake or provide the flowers for the venue. This can potentially save you hundreds as well as making close friends and family more relaxed without the obligation of purchasing a wedding present.
Rather than go out and rent an expensive venue, get married in the local park at a gazebo or in a friends beautiful backyard. These options generally cost $100 or less, sometimes even free.
In order to remember all the details of that day think about good photographer. Don’t have doubts that you need to hire such a person as it will be your memory for the whole life.
Be your own caterer by inviting friends and family over to spend a day or two in the kitchen cooking and freezing buffet style foods.
Cut the cost of invitations by making your own. Many templates and ideas are available online, and if you don’t feel confident being creative, office supply stores usually carry invitation kits that can help you create something classy to send your guests.
Instead of hiring a DJ or even a band, get your hands on some decent speakers and create a custom playlist on your iPod that can be put on shuffle throughout the evening. Make sure you have a great mix of slow songs and dance songs, and make sure you have quick access to the special song you want to use for your first dance as a married couple.
When it comes to the wedding dress, it’s easy to eat up an entire budget on just this one item. But if you plan ahead and look for the sales its possible to find the perfect dress and buy it off the rack. Remember that some alterations can be done for very little charge, and if you happen to have a friend or family member who is a seamstress you can request they alter it for you in lieu of a wedding gift.
While planning and paying for a wedding can seem completely overwhelming it really doesn’t have to be. With a few simple ideas you can create a beautiful event that will be tailored to your specific budget. All it takes is careful planning and you can have the wedding of your dreams on a dime!