Are you looking for budget wedding ideas? The Wedding industry is getting bigger each day and there are a lot of budget wedding ideas that can be found in the magazines and the internet. Planning the wedding is really tough especially when you do not have a huge wedding budget.
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There are many different ways you can save money on your wedding. Today we are going to talk about a few places you can trim costs.
Leading up to the wedding there are many different parties you can have. You can have an engagement party, a bridal party, a couple's bridal party, a bachelorette party, and a stag. You can throw a rehearsal dinner, do wedding party luncheons, and more. Now some of those parties may be paid for by other people, but this is not always the case. If you are trying to trim some money off of your budget you might want to consider having fewer parties.
Most people will send wedding invitations to their guests. Other choices of wedding stationery including save the date cards, engagement announcements, engagement party invitations, bridal or couple shower invitations, stag and bachelorette party invitations, rehearsal dinner invitations, and wedding announcements. You can also have special stationery printed for the wedding like the wedding menu and wedding programs. That is a lot of choice!
Cutting out some of the wedding stationery and using cheaper alternatives on other stationery would certainly save you a lot of money.
How big your wedding is and exactly who you invite is always a tough one. Are you having 30 people attend or 300? Who does your guest list comprise of? Are there people, a lot of people, you are inviting out of obligation.
Cutting a guest list can be difficult, but if you can trim it down you can save substantial money here. The wedding reception, which is usually priced per head, is where a large chunk of the money goes when planning a wedding.
For the wedding, a bride needs something to wear, shoes, and accessories. The groom needs to same. However, there are many different ways to cut costs here. First, you should think about your wedding dress and how much you were planning to spend. Can you spend less? You can save a lot of money by shopping online or comparing prices.
You could also look into second-hand wedding gowns or even a rental. The same goes for jewelry and other accessories. How much do you need to spend on each piece of jewelry, the shoes, or head and hair accessories?
Many grooms prefer to rent a tuxedo instead of investing in a new one. If this is a possibility where you live and you do not mind renting instead of buying, you can save money here as well.
There are many ways you can cut costs with your wedding flowers. The first thing we would suggest is to use silk or artificial flowers. If you do not use fresh flowers you can save a lot of money here. The other bonus to this is since you do not need the flowers to be in-season you can choose any type of flowers you want in any shade you choose!
If you want to save money but you are not really interested in artificial flowers you can just do little price comparisons between all the available florists in your area. Make sure you have an idea of your floral needs including the number of arrangements, bouquets, etc as well as any specific flowers or colors you will need.
Use the internet. There are many online florists and flower delivery services. Some of them even either specialize in weddings or have a separate wedding department or section of the website.
First, you should think about the location you are using and see if there is anything you can easily do to decorate. For instance, if you are having an outdoor ceremony, you may already have a great view and plenty of trees and flowers. The location might lead to easy decorations to just accentuate the look and feel of your wedding.
Use cheap items for a large effect such as string lighting, backdrops, and balloons. You can get all these things for a small amount of cash but if used correctly, they can make the difference between a nice looking wedding and an incredible one!
Use items for more than one thing. For instance – instead of typical floral centerpieces – use food as the centerpiece. Have individual snacks or dessert selections at each table.
Use items you can get anywhere. Invest in mason jars, candles, silk flowers, pebbles, or seashells. You can make really pretty centerpieces or decorations out of all these things, especially when combined and placed artfully.
Choose a site that can double as the ceremony and the reception site. This will allow you to save on fees for each location and you can usually pay one for one site than you would for two!
If you do not have your heart absolutely set on one place, shop around. See what different wedding ceremony locations have to offer. Do they have different packages? Does one cost $100.00 more for the basics but the officiant and music are included where the other one charges separately for each item? Ask questions and find out exactly what you are paying for.
Choose your wedding date and even day of the week based on cost. Some places charge a flat fee with no exceptions. However, many places have different rates for different seasons and different days of the week based on supply and demand. Your preferred ceremony site might be packed May – September but maybe they do not book it every weekend the rest of the year and because of that they have cheaper prices or offer better packages. It never hurts to ask.
Forego the wedding hall and have a backyard wedding reception. An outdoor wedding can be more personable and cheaper if done correctly. Take some time to crunch the numbers. Compare everything you would spend at a wedding hall and how you could save some money doing it yourself.
Reuse the wedding ceremony flowers and decorations at the reception. There is no need to get all the new flowers and decorations. When deciding how to decorate both places make sure you choose items that can be reused in some way.
Consider becoming a DIY bride. Yes, you can totally buy everything new and put together for you for ease and speed. However, there are certainly some places you can do the do it yourself route. You can make decorations, put together your own bouquets and so much more. Think about what you want your wedding to look like and consider how you can do some of those things on your own.