Tuesday, 27 June 2017

5 Ways To Have Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking Your Budget

It seems like the thing about getting married is that weddings have to be huge and elaborate days, full of expensive little touches. I mean, if that is the kind of wedding that you want and you can afford or save to do that, then great. But for many people, it isn’t going to be realistic. But if you’re looking to get hitched to the one you love, then you can do just that without having to spend a fortune. There are many shortcuts to take, without having to cut corners and lose any style or substance. So here are a few things to think about to make your money go a little further and help you to get married sooner rather than later.

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Set a Limit

One of the first things to do is to set yourself a limit on what you want to spend. From there, all other decisions are going to be much easier. It is better to do that and work backward, rather than add things up along the way. Once you know what your overall spend is allowed to be, then you can divide the spend up too. You might spend half of it on the venue and reception, and then the other half on things like dresses, flowers, and a photographer, for instance. That being said, the photographer shouldn’t be something that you skimp on. Everything else about your day will just be on the day. But your photos are what will last, and you want to be pleased with them. Even better if you’ve got a professional photographer as a friend that can give you a good rate!

Pick Cheaper Times To Get Married

There are some days that are cheaper to get married than others. So why not look into those instead? Do you have to get married on a Saturday just because that is what the majority of people do? Many weddings happen on Sundays or mid-week and are much cheaper. So why not pick an alternative day. It is important to remember that it is your day, and don’t worry too much about other people and their commitments. If they want to come to your wedding and it is mid-week, then they will find a way to be there and take time off work; that shouldn’t be something that you should be stressing about.

Summer is one of the most popular times of year to get married too. So why not think about getting married at a different time of year? You might not be guaranteed sunshine (but in the UK, it is never a guarantee, even in the summer). So pick a cheaper month, and it will be less likely to be booked up too.

Do It Yourself

There are many aspects of your wedding that you can do yourself (or ask talented friends to help with). Take, for example, your wedding invitations. You could order some online, or you could design and make them yourself. The latter will only work if you have all of the right equipment already in the house. Otherwise, it could cost you a fair bit to get it all sorted out. But ask around your friends and family; we all have that one friend that is a creative and Pinterest genius, right? Other things that can be made yourself are things like guestbooks, thank you cards, table place cards, menus, and even the cake. The great thing about having your wedding as you want it is that you don’t even have to have a cake. If you (or a friend) is better at making cupcakes, then how about having a cupcake tower instead? You don’t have to have a wedding cake just as tradition dictates. It could be anything that you want it to be.

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Choose Your Venue Carefully

You have to think about choosing your wedding venue, as there are things that will be allowed and some that won’t be allowed. If you’re getting married in a place with a bar, then do they expect some kind of minimum spend? If they do, then this could be moved elsewhere. You could use a village hall for a reception and ask people to bring a bottle. Nowadays this is quite a common thing to keep costs down, and guests will be more than happy to oblige. You need to weigh that up versus the cost of food and caterers, though. So ask around for lots of quotes to help you choose the best place for your reception.

As far as the ceremony goes, you can have the ceremony in pretty much any place that you want. However, to make it legal, there are a few requirements. You will need a registrar there, as well as someone who is legally able to marry you. So look into the costs of this kind of thing to weigh up your options. You can always choose a park or a garden, as long as there is a building somewhere. In the UK, the law requires the legal part of the marriage to be in a building. So you could just do the talks and perhaps a ring exchange out in the garden or park.

Personalise It

As well as making some parts of your wedding yourself, you can source and decorate the wedding to be just as you would like it. This can save you several hundred pounds! If you were just going to leave it up to a venue, then they would charge you a large amount for the privilege. So look to do that kind of thing yourself. There are so many shops that do things like wedding favours and wedding decorations but quite cheaply. Cheap doesn’t have to mean tacky either. There are some really lovely things that you can get that are really pretty and classy.

You can achieve the wedding that you want, without having to compromise too much. You can limit the guest list if needed, and then just have a separate party for all those that couldn’t attend another time. Just remember that it's your wedding and you can have it how you want with whoever you want there.

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