Hosting an inexpensive wedding doesn’t mean that you should have to give up style or sentimentality. It normally means using your imagination, friends, family and all the resources that you have to make your big day a great hit while not over spending. Planning your budget wedding is the same as planning any dream wedding but the only difference is you will have a little more cash left over when it’s all over. Wouldn’t you prefer to have some money to put down towards buying your first home or to go on a fabulous honeymoon? Well, you can if you choose to plan an inexpensive wedding! And below are a few tips to help you out when planning your budget wedding.
Make your Own Wedding Invitations
The first step towards making your big day a huge it is to determine the theme of your wedding. Once you have decided on your wedding theme to save on money you and your fiancé can design your own invitations and have them printed, instead of going for the store bought ones. Your custom invitations will have a more sentimental value, given the fact that you both came up with the idea, plus it will cost you a lot less.
Wedding Reception Ideas: Use your Local Town Center or a Small Hotel as the Reception Venue
One of the biggest costs when celebrating any wedding is the cost of the reception. If you want to save money in that department, you can use your local town center or town hall to host the wedding reception. If not you can choose to use a small hotel instead of a large resort. Furthermore, when you use a smaller hotel, you will be provided with basically the same amenities and services, for a fraction of the price it would cost at a resort.
Hire your Local Florist
Use the services of your local flower shops and find someone who is willing to make your bouquet and center piece. You can also volunteer to buy the wire and ribbons needed to make these items. Apart from saving money with this option you will also be provided with fresh, full scented flowers that are in season, homegrown and arranged by hands just for you.
Provide your own wine
If you are using caterers during your reception you will find out that it is actually much cheaper to pay for serving the wine instead of buying it directly from the caterers. You and your fiancé will also enjoy the fun involved in tasting wines, when looking to find the perfect ones for the wedding.
Keep the Guest List Short
I know it will be hard for those who have very large families or those with lots of friends, but the shorter you keep the list of those attending the reception the less you will spend. As I have mentioned before, the biggest expense you will have will be your wedding reception, which normally counts for about half the total cost of the wedding. You don’t need to invite everyone and to give you a point to start from when cutting the list; you don’t need to invite your friends or family members who never invited you to their wedding. That should easily remove about 30 people from the list.
Plus, if you still feel bad about not inviting them to your reception if you have any money left when everything is over, and you have returned from your honeymoon you can always host a cheap and fun thank you party.