Tuesday, June 22, 2010

7 Wedding Budget Ideas

Weddings can be hugely expensive, so the majority of couples will want to save money where they can without impacting the overall enjoyment of their big day.

Here are 7 wedding budget ideas to help you to have a great wedding day for less.

Prioritise: The first thing you should do is list everything that needs to be paid for and prioritise it. Put the things that are most important to you first and plan on spending the most money on these. For example I wanted to make sure that my guests received lots of nice sparkling wine and drinks at my wedding, so I increased the drinks budget and made the favours myself to save some money.

Get Married During the Week: The majority of couples get married on a Saturday. If you really want to save some cash, consider having your ceremony on a Thursday or Friday. How about having a Sunday service on a holiday weekend? You will find that there are many more dates available to you if you decide not to marry on a Saturday. You will also find that the majority of reception locations will offer a discount for an off day. If you don't get offered this, it is definitely worth asking!

Get Married in the Quiet Season: Another wedding budget idea is to have your wedding between November and April. This time of year is typically much quieter for most wedding related services and venues. Again, if you are not offered a discount it is worth asking for one.

Limit the Number of Attendants: Bridesmaids, flower girls and ushers all add money to your overall wedding budget. If you are strapped for cash consider just having one bridesmaid. Or perhaps decide not to have flowergirls.

Consider your Guest List very Carefully: Many people get fed up attending weddings of people they barely know. Unless you talk to a person regularly, the chances are pretty good that they won’t give it a second thought when your invitation doesn’t arrive. Remember, you’re trying to save some money on your big day. Extra people means extra expense, so this is one of the best ways to reduce your budget.

Make Your Own Ceremony Flowers: There are plenty ways to create your own flowers. A beautifully simple idea for a gorgeous bridal bouquet is to take several white roses, bunch them together into a bouquet, wrap the bottom with floral tape tightly, and wrap satin ribbon around the stems. Attach long pieces of satin ribbon to flow down as you hold the bouquet and it’ll be stunning!

Save Money on Wedding Favours: You could either decide not to have wedding favours, or you could make your own. Regular candles are nice too for cheap wedding favors. Wrap in tulle and tie with ribbon and then stick a small flower in the ribbon. Alternatively, buy sweets or chocolate, in your wedding colors.

Hopefully these wedding budget ideas will help you get started on planning an amazing wedding without the sky high cost.

A successful wedding does not have to be an expensive wedding. Success should be determined by whether the bride, groom and the guests enjoyed themselves. No matter how much money you spend, if your wedding is cookie cutter and seems rehearsed no one will remember it and most will not enjoy it. Make it your own, make it part of you both, not part of a book you read, or do things you think you "have" to do! Share with your guests part of who you both are!

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