Are you going to tie a knot with your loved one, but you don’t want to be crazy and spend your hefty salary just for a ceremony of a few hours? Well, in an economic crisis, a ‘recession marriage’ isn’t a bad idea (pun intended). After all, you need to save money for your future. And who said only expensive weddings can be memorable? With a planned approach and application, you can manage your wedding on a limited budget and get the royal treatment. This article is to guide you on how to plan a wedding on a small budget.
Ideas, they say rule the world and your marriage ceremony can be the simplest and yet a magnificent one! It all depends on how creatively you plan the wedding and execute your ideas to perfection. Planning a small-budget wedding can be fun and exciting, giving you a unique opportunity to brainstorm and unleash your hidden creativity.
Planning a Wedding on a Small Budget
Here are a few ideas that you can consider when planning a wedding on a small budget.
Deciding the Venue
Choosing a perfect location for a wedding on a small budget is not a daunting task. Instead of inviting your friends to a luxurious hotel and lounges, you can check out for some local parks that offer you to arrange your wedding parties on a small scale. You can request the park authorities to allow you to decorate the park. For example, you can lighten up the place with decorative bulbs and lights. These are not very expensive and can be found in local electrical stores. Decorate the park trees like as if you are decorating Christmas trees. Keep things simple! Include wedding flowers to decorate the place creatively. Designed flower pots and bouquets can be made with the flowers grown in your garden. If you don’t have enough flowers, then ask your neighbors and friends to contribute!
Visit a local nursery to buy cheap seasonal flowers! Even the serene environment of the park can give you a nice feeling of bonding with your soul mate, so don’t overdo the decorations. Normally, a local park can cost you $50 to $60 for the entire day. Try to clean up the area, club, and park at the end of the day. This will help the park authorities and also symbolize that you are a responsible citizen! Select the place that can easily accommodate the number of people you are going to invite. If the month you are getting married is full of adverse weather conditions, then prefer opting for an indoor hall of a medium hotel. To reduce transportation cost, select an area near your city.
Music and Entertainment
Shakespeare rightly said, “If music be the food of love, play on”. Any wedding can’t be complete without background music. Soulful and entertaining wedding music can create a classic difference to the atmosphere of the ceremony. Try creating playlists on Spotify and Pandora and play it on your wedding day. Try to include a mix of various music styles. Play instrumental music in the background when the guests have drinks and dishes. Keep some hip-hop and pop music for the wedding dance ceremony. Do not hire videographers or photographers and elevate the budget cost. Request some of your friends to take pictures and videos from their phones.
This can be fun and interesting as your friends can snap a few moments that even a professional photographer can’t! Request the guests and friends to sing songs and honor the ceremony. If any of your friends is a DJ, then don’t hesitate to request him/her to show his skills at your wedding. Musicians and orchestra bands will obviously cost you much more than you expect so try something different and unique.
Wedding Decorations and Catering
Wedding decorations can be taken care of by putting your ideas on paper through a proper wedding florist contract. Wedding catering is that part of the wedding budget, which will surely take the maximum percentage of your budget. However, this task can be simple if you plan the food and wines you will serve before the wedding. Request your local vendor to supply you with vegetables and other materials at wholesale prices, so you can try to make some recipes yourself! Well, don’t get haunted; ask your friends who are good at cooking, to help you out in this process. You can also serve some wedding cakes at affordable prices. Remember those wedding invitations are sent only to a selected few and not to everyone. If you are cutting down on expenses, you have to compromise on this issue. By doing this, you can easily serve your guests without feeling uncomfortable.
It’s a dream for every girl to wear her wedding gown but if you can’t purchase an expensive gown, then you needn’t worry. Many shops offer wedding gowns on a rental basis. Even the guys can rent suits and complement their lady in dressing sense! However, the best idea is to try some simple and adorable dresses that suits the couple. Wedding dresses like these can be brought at fair prices from local shops.
Planning a wedding on a small budget is a great idea and can be more interesting than a luxurious wedding. The saved money can allow you to fly away to exotic honeymoon destinations and give you some cherished memories for your life. If not, you can try some unique wedding reception ideas to splurge your savings. Planning on a wedding on a small budget is indeed a challenge filled with loads of fun!