The big wedding day comes with a lot of planning and spending. And if you aren’t careful, your wedding day cost can become so exorbitant that it will cut into your honeymoon and living expenses. The best way to ensure that your wedding day cost stays within a reasonable boundary is by setting a budget for yourself and figuring out in what areas you should save money and where you can splurge.Coming up with a plan together with your partner can definitely make this whole process easier. Here are some suggestions on where you can save yourself some money, so that you can indulge in other areas.
There are many places where you can find fantastically fabulous tuxedos at fashionably low prices. In fact, you can even find designer tuxedos on sale, so you don’t have to skimp on style while trying to find an affordable price. This means that you, your groomsmen, and family can save a lot of money that can be used to splurge on other parts of the wedding and still look dapper and sexy.
You want to make sure your wedding is well documented in a very professional manner so that you can have tangible memorabilia from this special day. However, this doesn’t mean you need to hire the finest photographer in the country. Find a local photographer (usually you can even negotiate a reasonable price together) and ask a few of your own friends and family to bring their cameras and video cameras to the wedding. This way, you can save some money but still have quality pictures (and plenty of them!) for you and your kids to look at for years to come.
You need to feed your guests, but a six-course feast is very extravagant. People will enjoy a simple meal or even a buffet where they can get their own food and mingle with the crowd. This is especially perfect in the summer months at an outdoor wedding. It adds a very personal and comfortable touch to the day, and everyone will appreciate being in control of their own portion sizes, the food they have on their plate, and where they sit. This also can help you save a little bit of money on stationary for place cards.
You don’t need a whole orchestra to make this day special. Consider hiring a one-man band to play during the dances alone and make a special mix on your mp3 player for music during the rest of the reception. This gives the event a more personal feel because you get to choose music you, your family, and friends love to listen and dance to. To save yourself even more money, skip hiring a band altogether and stick with your own homemade playlist for the entire event.
Seating And Centerpieces
Using larger tables that fit more people means that you need fewer centerpieces and tablecloths. Also, instead of using flowers for centerpieces, consider using candles, lanterns, or other things you can purchase for cheap. Flowers can be very expensive, especially if they’re out of season. If you insist on using flowers for centerpieces, add more greenery and less actual flowers to save yourself a little bit of money. While this may seem really simple and insignificant, when it comes to wedding planning, every way to cut corners can make a big difference in the long run—especially if it means you can spend a little extra on your paradise honeymoon.
If you save money on these things, you will have plenty of money to splurge on other aspects of the wedding like a handsome white tuxedo or beautiful white dress. Or, if you’re thinking even more long-term, to save for the family that you are about to build together.