Written By: Lisa Renee
Planning a wedding event can be stressful, but with just a few tips, the big day won’t break the budget or the bank. Of course, the most difficult part of ensuring that spending is kept to a minimum is preparing well in advance. Determine the available funds, choose a theme, then start planning. Enlist the help of family and friends, rely on their expertise, and the wedding day will be stress-free.
Choosing the Wedding Gown
Since most themes focus on the bride’s gown, this would be the logical place to start for planning the big day. Keep in mind that the perfect gown need not cost a fortune. Shop around but stay away from expensive bridal shops. Instead, peruse vintage clothing stores and even higher-end thrift stores.
Some of the most beautiful gowns can be found in second-hand stores. It takes a bit of effort, but the savings can go into hundreds of dollars, especially if the theme is traditionally formal. However, choosing a non-traditional gown can be pricey as well, so the best route to go is checking out gently used clothing.
Flowers and Arrangements on a Budget
Picking out flower arrangements is tricky when trying to keep to financial limitations. A great money-saving tip is to choose no more than two types of flowers. Bouquets and floral sprays can be be enhanced by utilizing cheaper fillers such as greenery and baby’s breath.
Buying flowers in bulk and creating arrangements without the use of a florist will save the budget. Tips to designing beautiful bouquets can be found online or in flower arranging books. Make the most of do-it-yourself (DIY) information and use the money on buying more flowers. Practice on some cheap flowers or find that friend that has a flair for design.
Location, Location, Location
Setting the perfect scene for a wedding can be costly. Paying for the use of a church or banquet hall is not the most budget-friendly idea. Find a park or beach that allows for this type of event at either no or low cost. Depending on the time of year, outdoor weddings are exceptional with their beautifully photogenic backdrops.
If an indoor wedding is needed, research family and friends that might have the appropriate-sized home. Perhaps access to a country club or other type of membership-only location is within the reach of either the bride or groom’s extended circle. Don’t be afraid to ask, as most friends would be more than thrilled to help out.
Eating in Style at Low Cost
Be creative when it comes to the reception menu. Keeping the caterer out of the planning, choose a menu that is buffet style. Foods that can be served on a buffet go a lot further than a sit-down meal. Think heavy hor d’oeuvres such as Swedish meatballs and sliced deli meats. Don’t skimp on the dish and flatware though. Use high-quality heavy-duty, thicker-style implements for guests. This is not the time to save money on flimsy paper plates.
To keep it the most cost-effective but fancy enough to impress, use homegrown family recipes. Once again, by asking friends and family to create special dishes that have been pre-chosen, the budget will remain unbroken and the food will be outstanding. As long as they adhere to direction and menu choices, the buffet food will be delicious.
Keeping within a budget and still being able to have an outstanding wedding is simple. Involve a circle of friends and family to help with each step. Some of the most beautiful floral arrangements have been made without the use of a professional. Engaging others that are close in the planning of the big day will assure an outstanding wedding without breaking the bank.