If you are preparing for your wedding day on a tight budget, you might be wondering how you can pull it all off with style. Well the good news is, planning a wedding on a budget is very possible. Take a look below at some helpful tips on how to plan a wedding on a budget. These tips will help you feel organized, inspired, and help you pull off the wedding of your dreams. Take a look!
How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget
1. Consider a Friday or Sunday wedding. Saturdays are typically the most popular wedding days. But did you know that many vendors offer discounts if you book them on a Friday or Sunday instead? Opt to have your wedding on one of these days and chances are you will save money across the board.
2. Be a DIY bride. While ordering specially designed centerpieces, flowers, favors, and invites can be fun, be a DIY bride instead and save. You can easily print your own invites, menus, and place cards, as well as make your own flowers and centerpieces. Be a DIY bride and cut out the middle man you would otherwise have to pay.
3. Opt for a buffet. A plated dinner is nice, but a buffet will always be less money. Plus, guests often enjoy serving themselves and having a choice of menu items. Offer a buffet instead of a plated dinner and you can easily save a couple of dollars per guest.
4. Limit your beverage choices. Instead of offering a full bar, offer soft drinks, a beer selection, and a wine selection. This will cut out the cost of mixed drinks which typically drive your bar bill up. If you want to offer a mixed drink, pick out a custom cocktail to offer.
5. Pick a free venue. Choose to get married in a venue that is available for free or cheap such as a local park, recreation center, nature preserve, or your home church. Venues such as these may not carry a huge fee for use, or may not carry a fee at all. These venues are also great when planning a smaller wedding, since they are typically smaller and more intimate in size.
6. Enjoy an afternoon event. Serving a high tea or simple lunch will always cost less than an evening feast. Opt for a morning wedding and afternoon reception and you are sure to save on food, rental costs, and beverages since most people won’t be drinking in the mid afternoon.
7. Always compare prices. Never commit to anything or sign a contract before you have the chance to compare prices. Keep a simple spreadsheet so you can easily make notes of which vendor provides services at which price. This is the best way to be sure you are committing to the best deal.
When you give these budget savvy tips a try, you can make a statement on your big day for less. This is the next article in a series about wedding budgets and DIY for busy brides. Prepare to read a few tried and true tips to planning a wedding this week! I hope that it helps and inspires you to plan your own fete or share with a friend who needs a few ideas. Happy planning the wedding of your dreams!