Are you planning a wedding on a budget? True, having the wedding of your dreams doesn’t mean spending a small fortune. In fact, you can have a stunning and memorable wedding while staying on a tight budget. The following tips can help you save money without giving up your dream wedding.
One way brides and grooms can cut cost is to forgo the sit down dinner and choose buffet-style instead. For even more cost cutting, ask friends and family members if they would make a dish to bring before the reception starts. As long as the food tastes good, your guests are not going to care if it was made from a professional caterer or your Aunt Rita.
The Perfect Dress for Wedding on a Budget
If there is one place where brides don’t want to cut costs it’s their wedding gown. If you cannot afford one of the stunning couture wedding gowns available at merchants online and off, consider looking for a used gown. For one reason or another, women often sell their wedding gowns after their big day. Many times, the used wedding dress is only a fraction of what the original cost was. While this option may not be ideal, it could be the only way you get the dress of your dreams.
You can also check out prom dresses online. A prom dress doesn’t cost as much as the “wedding dress” but if you do your search well enough, you’ll find that some prom dress styles would pass of as a wedding dress. Would you have guessed that this gorgeous white gown above is not a wedding gown but a prom dress? This white mermaid dress is made out tulle lace dress with romantic flower embellishments. It’s the perfect example of a prom dress that the bride can wear.
Or this simple but romantic strapless prom dress in white with silver with beading empire waist? This dress would be great for a garden wedding or a wedding at the beach. It has flowing chiffon skirt and the length is just right so the bride won’t have a hard time walking in this dress.
Here’s another idea for a wedding on a budget. If fresh flowers isn’t a necessity for your wedding, consider creating your own arrangements using inexpensive fake flowers. You can always purchase your bridal bouquet from a professional florist and still save money by making the bridesmaids bouquets, pew flowers and alter flowers yourself.
A trusted friend can act as the DJ by simply hooking your MP3 player up to the sound system in the reception hall and playing the pre created playlist you made for the special day. Give the friend a microphone and timeline of when to make the announcements, that way they can still DJ the event while still enjoying the day.
If you don’t want to ask a family or friend to make the wedding cake for you, consider purchasing a small tiered cake for you to cut and the wedding party to eat, while the guests receive a piece of sheet cake made by a family member.
If there is anywhere you really shouldn’t cut costs, it’s the photographer. That doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars to get some nice pictures taken. By all means shop around, but make sure the photographer has wedding photography experience, a good portfolio and — maybe the most important aspect — their style matches what you want for your wedding.
These are just some ideas to help you plan your wedding on a budget in the best possible way. Remember, an extravagant wedding doesn’t necessarily make it the best wedding. A wedding on a budget can definitely turn out to be amazing and grand in every possible aspect except the price, with a few practical tricks.
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