Weddings need not to be expensive. There are numerous tips on how to achieve such a beautiful experience without having a pain in the pocket.
Trimming down your guest list is a primary step. The significant people who should not be forgotten include only your family and closest friends. The more you feel obliged to invite the entire office and the people you have not talked to in a while, the more you will be spending exponentially. Shortening your list will not only trim down your catering costs but also expenditures on rentals, printing costs, gifts, and so on. It is advisable to reduce your guest list by category. For example, invited relatives only who fall under your second cousin up to the closest. Invite your best friends in college instead of including the whole members of your organization.
Shortening your guest list will also help you cut expenses on postage and printing for wedding invitations. Instead of sending them all through mail, you can personally visit the people who are close to your home or office. Also, make your reply slips through mail, telephone, or mobile phone. For example, there are websites that offer survey services for events. Event invitations are posted on the site and people can answer with “yes I’m going,” no, or maybe.
You can also get discounts on catering services and room rentals if your wedding day is on off-peak season. These dates are usually on weeknights and Sundays. For traditional wedding celebrations however, it is advisable to schedule your wedding day on religious holidays. This will cut your decoration expenditures since churches already have ornaments.
Another way to cut expenses is either rent, borrow, or make custom-made materials. Transportation is one example that you can rent or borrow from someone you know. You can also borrow several items from a relative or friend such as kitchenware, jewelleries, bride’s shoes. Also, pool manpower and resources from your friends and family. Ask their help in making items like ribbons, pew bows, church programs, wedding invitations, and give-aways. You can also browse the Internet for do-it-yourself wedding items for more suggestions on designs. Furthermore, instead of hiring professional photographers and videographers, you can ask some of your friends to take time taking photos and video of the wedding using digital video cameras.
Renting or buying dresses for the bride, bridesmaids, groom, and his friends will also reduce costs. A little creativity will do to revamp the dresses like putting laces, beads, and ribbons. It is advisable not to spend too much on wedding attire so as not to ruin your entire wedding cost.
Moreover, you can save a lot of money in your choice of wedding food and drinks. First, find the least expensive caterers. Then weigh which is cheaper between a buffet and seated dinner.
In many weddings, couples have asked for practical items like kitchenware and home appliances and items as gifts from their friends and family. Getting free practically every essential item at home will lessen the burden cost you have spend during the wedding.