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Weddings are a touchy subject at the minute, aren’t they? If your wedding has been effected by the Coronavirus and cancelled, I’m so sorry. I can’t even imagine the stress of that, especially if you rejigged to allow for the 30 guests rule, before that was pulled.
But as awful as the aforementioned has been, weddings are a wonderful celebration. I wish I had a crystal ball sometimes so I could figure out when Darren and I will get married and if we ever will get round to it (here’s hoping one day!) Ahead of that, I’ve compiled a few handy tips for things to consider when planning a wedding on a budget. One thing I can guarantee, whatever we do get round to it, it will be very small and done on the cheap. Not cos we’re stingy, but I just cannot fathom spending so much money on one day. But that’s just my hot take on it!
Are you planning your wedding on quite a tight budget? These are some of the steps you can take to cut the costs and ensure that it won’t push you into debt.
Get A Range Of Quotes
Tempting as it may be, you shouldn’t fixate on the first wedding service that you find. Instead, it’s important to explore a wide range of different companies and complete the right level of legwork. The benefit of taking this step is that you will slowly but surely find a baseline of prices that you should expect to pay for services like this. That means that you won’t need to worry about overpaying or ending up with a solution that doesn’t provide the value that you need. Each service should be able to provide a quote for the solution that they offer with transparent pricing. This is true whether you’re hiring a wedding party planner, a vehicle or a live band. If they can’t do this, move on.
Hold Your Own Reception
If you are saving costs on your wedding, then you might need to decide what is more important to you. Do you want to go big with the ceremony or the reception? The odds are that you won’t be able to do both but that’s okay. The ceremony is more focused on you, your partner and your declaration of love. The reception – breaking it down – is basically just a massive party. Rather than planning a venue for this party, consider just throwing it in your home. The benefit of taking this step is that you immediately cut the costs right down.
You can even cut out some of the services that you might need including catering. Instead, you may be able to simply cook from your own home but this is where things start to get more complicated and stressful. You’ll also probably need to decide what guests are invited to the reception and that can be tricky.
Make Your Own Invites
Believe it or not, wedding invites can be quite an expensive part of the sum that is your wedding. It’s not uncommon to spend a couple of hundred or designing, producing and sending out your wedding invites. That’s money that you could spend elsewhere. Can you cut the costs down substantially? You might be able to and one of the first places to start is with the option of E-cards. E-cards are becoming very popular for wedding invites because you don’t have to worry about them getting lost in the mail. Emails are also free and can be sent out in bulk to everyone. It’s also easy for people to reply and RSVP. It does, however, leave you limited in ways that you can impress the guests with this part of your wedding. But it will free up money for other areas.
Explore Real Examples
Do you think that you are the only one trying to plan a wedding on a budget? You’re not and some people have managed this with fantastic results. So it’s worth exploring real-life examples and finding out exactly what steps they took. Some people take their own pictures while others get married in a small gathering of friends. It all depends on the type of event that you want.