A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. This is the principle behind some couples being very ready to splurge on this event. Some have the means, while some even go into debt only to pull off their dream weddings. In both cases, it is more practical to think of ways to save. Here are some suggestions to achieve a budget wedding without sacrificing quality.
Consider More Practical Options for Your Essentials
Remember that expensive does not always mean the better choice. Wedding rings are one of the essential items in a wedding. You can buy silicone wedding bands as an excellent alternative to traditional ones. Aside from their lower price, they are also convenient for all lifestyles. You do not have to worry about having to take off your ring or losing it.
Less expensive wedding attires are also now available in small boutiques. The key is to do extensive research. You can also opt to rent your attires. Another alternative is to borrow or have a loved one pass on to you their wedding gown or suit. Wearing attires that has a lower price tag does not diminish your worth.
Choose an Off-peak Date
Some venues have a higher rate during their respective seasons. For example, a beach wedding venue may cost more during summer. Even some suppliers charge higher when there is a surge of weddings in a particular season.
Also, Saturdays are more expensive in general than other days. You may be worried that having a wedding during a weeknight may be inconvenient for some guests. But the key is to notify ahead of time. The people who want to celebrate with you will find the time and clear their schedules.
Cut Your Guest List Short
Understandably, you want to share your joy with everyone. But it is not practical to invite all your colleagues and casual friends. Every guest on your list does not only translate to an extra plate but all the small stuff, too. Look for some tips to trim your list. The very essence is to have people who support and rejoice with you and your partner. Mature people will understand if you cannot include them in your wedding celebration.
Create Some Stuff
If time is to your advantage, you can look for ideas for some DIY stuff on the Internet. There are many ways to save up when you put your creativity at work. Centerpieces and decorations are some areas where one can have a personal touch. Also, printed invitations are a little out-of-date. You may opt for an online invite and RSVP. Small stuff such as printing expenses helps in saving the budget as a whole.
Call a Pitch-in Party
Wedding preparations are not only a couple’s affair. One can turn it into a family or group affair. Do not be afraid to ask for help from the nearest and dearest. Even ideas on how to save are good contributions in themselves.
Some may be willing to pitch in some stuff for your wedding. Got a friend who sings well? You may ask for a song or two in the reception as their wedding gift. Some godparents or relatives even pitch in for some essentials such as the honeymoon. The key here is to let them volunteer. Never impose.
Being frugal is not disregarding the importance of your wedding. But it is acknowledging that the life after is more important than the day itself. It is better to be more financially prepared for your new life together.