Yes, you want your wedding to be really special, doesn’t everyone? But at the same time, you do not want to be carried away by the ‘wedding fever syndrome’ that most brides suffer and spend way more than they set out to do in the first place. You and your partner both believe that instead of spending all that money on the wedding, you could use it together for your future. If you’re hoping to plan a wedding on a budget, you’ll need some tips. And that is exactly what this article will give you. So read on and take inspiration from these steps to wedding planning.
How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget
I understand that when you start planning a wedding on a tight budget, there might be moments when you get flustered and don’t know what to compromise on or what to include. Each aspect of the wedding will start to seem as important as the next. In such a situation, it would really help if you have a guide on planning a wedding on a low budget. So here’s what I say, follow the following steps, and I promise that at the end of the article, you will not be bogged down by unwanted anxiety and tension on accord of planning a wedding on a budget.
Decide Your Budget
This is the most important step in planning your wedding on a budget. You and your partner should have a conversation and figure out your budget. Have all your talking points ready – the amount your parents are willing to contribute, the amount you are comfortable spending, and what area you want to spend the maximum amount of money on. Knowing all this will help you plan a wedding on a budget.
The guest list will depend on what you give priority to at your wedding. If you are fine with the idea of a casual wedding or a wedding without the necessary ‘frills’, then it is possible to have a bigger guest list. But if, on the other hand, you want your guests to partake of exotic dishes and wines or you want a very expensive music band (Maybe owing to the special memories it has for you), then you should keep a small guest list because your expenses will have increased on account of the food and band. The guest list will depend on the total budget and what you’re willing to spend.
Venue and Timing
This one is really important when planning a wedding on a budget. This is where you can really save up. Instead of having your wedding at an expensive inn or a hall, have it from your home. Or if that entails too much planning, try setting up the wedding at a local park. Take the necessary permissions and then re-vamp the place with wedding flowers, lights, and other wedding decorations to make it a dream wedding.
This is one of the sanest things to do when planning a wedding on a budget. Instead of hiring a professional designer to design your wedding gown, have your friend design one, especially for you at a much lesser cost than what you would’ve had to spend at a boutique. Is your friend into wedding catering? Ask her to make some inexpensive dishes or even the wedding cake, and again, great bucks saved. Or does your friend have a band? Ask him to be your music guy. If one of your friends is a great photographer, then ask him to be your photographer. It’ll be more special that way, and he’ll capture all the great moments that a professional might not have.
Here are some quick go-to tips on planning a wedding on a budget:
- Design your own wedding invitations instead of ordering them.
- Instead of having expensive flowers for the bride’s and bride’s maid’s bouquets, choose to have simple flowers. And then use the same set as decorations for the center table.
- If you have no qualms about the music and don’t need to have a band at your wedding, then you could prepare a medley of all your favorite romantic numbers on Pandora or Spotify.
- Instead of having an expensive reception later, use some wedding reception ideas and treat all your friends at a small restaurant or hold a casual party at your place. This will save you a lot of money and will be a more intimate affair.
- You could also hold a potluck dinner/lunch theme. It’ll save you time and work.
Who says a wedding has to be expensive to be special? Planning a wedding on a budget can be just as special and maybe even more intimate. It’ll help you to spend that important day with the people you truly love and care about. So what are you waiting for, then? Start planning!