Everyone has their idea of what a dream wedding would be. That idea is a bit more extravagant for some than others. These lavish dreams may be a tad over the budget for those of us that aren’t rich. However, some of us aren’t as interested in the spectacle of it all.
If you’re looking for an example of a beautiful wedding with all the bells and whistles here’s all you need to know.
For those of us that don’t have bottomless budgets, planning a wedding will take a bit more flexibility. You can get everything out of your dream wedding (minus the stratospherically pricey stuff) with a bit of creativity and help from the people who love you. Here’s a how-to for budget conscious wedding planning.
You don’t need all those guest anyway.
You might want to invite every person you’ve ever met at your wedding. Don’t do it. The number of guests is a major contributing factor to the overall cost of your wedding. Consider the prices of invitations, drinks, food and seating and you’ll get the gist.
Try minimizing your list for maximum savings. Wedding venues have a minimum capacity but going a few over is never an issue. With where you can have the ceremony so affected by the guest list be sure to be thorough in your choosing and start whittling away.
Gifts can be awkward, but help is always appreciated.
Do you know any musicians? Does your brother play in a band? Is that one aunt with the catering business available on the day of your wedding? You know so many people with different skills and I’m sure they’d love to be a part of your wedding, but they’d probably love to get paid to be there.
Maybe if you’re lucky they’ll be willing to help you out for free as their gift. You’ll never know if you never ask.
Public spaces can make for beautiful backdrops. They also happen to be free.
Renting a space for your ceremony can be incredibly expensive. Fortunately, there are alternatives. Hosting your reception in an outdoor space can make for a breathtaking experience depending on where you choose. If you already have a lovely home it can be there as well.
Note: If your ceremony outside has a backup plan in case the weather gets bad. Renting a cover or having an alternate option available will save you a lot of heartbreak.
Do you really need all those flowers?
Flowers are beautiful. Flowers are fragrant. Flowers are pricey and don’t last long after the wedding. Going minimal with your floral arrangement will save a ton of cash.
Note: this is another instance where if you have a relative or friend with a big garden or floral shop you have a way to get things done.
Do-it-yourself wedding invitations
If you have a high-quality printer or access to one you can make some invites. It may take some time, but time is money. You and your fiance can get creative and have fun with the process. Chances are they’ll come out looking professional and no one will even be able to tell the difference.
Memorable honeymoons don’t have to be expensive.
If you’re keeping the wedding within reason, why not use some of that money saved for the honeymoon. Just make sure to save money on that as well.
While flying to some remote island and sipping margaritas on a yacht sounds amazing the two of you have a life to build and could probably use that money on something that lasts longer. If you two are tight on funds plan something memorable that isn’t expensive.
Traveling to another state and or road tripping to see national parks is a far less gaudy and more humble way to do it that may honestly make for a better memory. What matters is that the two of you are together.
Just remember to have fun.
Planning the wedding can be incredibly stressful. Just try to remember that you’re both in it together and make the best of the process.