Weddings are often expensive and extravagant. At least that’s the common notion amongst many people. In truth, it doesn’t have to be that way. What many people forget is that the purpose of a wedding is to celebrate love and everything else is just to add color to the ceremony.
You don’t have to break your bank and start your marital life saddled with a lot of debt you acquired to plan and organize your wedding. You can still have your dream wedding and show a touch of elegance and class without spending a colossal amount of money. It is indeed possible to have a beautiful wedding on a budget with the following tips.
Pick an offseason date
The peak wedding times are usually during the holiday season and during the summer months, meaning having a wedding between June and August and over the Christmas season will probably cost you a tidy sum. You should note that wedding seasons vary from place to place and you should find when the peak season is for your specific wedding venue. Due to supply and demand dynamics, the cost of organizing a wedding during the wedding peak season skyrocket. Everything from hiring a venue to buy a wedding gown to paying for supplies becomes costly during these seasons.
You will be able to save quite a lot of money by scheduling your wedding to fall outside these months. It will surprise that you could even spend as little as half of what you could have spent had you settled for a high season wedding date.
Ask for help
You should not be embarrassed to ask your family to chip in with their skills. If you have a family member who is skilled in, say, makeup, ask them politely if they could the bridal party with their makeups. This will save you the money you would have otherwise spent on fees for a professional makeup artist. Extend the same to hair styling, floral arrangements, etc.
Your favorite artist or band probably costs a fortune to hire so maybe it’s time you accepted that they might not actually play in your wedding. Unless, of course, you can get them to play for a small fee. In their place, hire a local band who can give renditions of their songs.
For the more frugal, you can have one master of ceremony to handle all the entertainment at your ceremony including being a stand-up comedian. He/she should be up to the task though. They should be interesting and lively and with some little knowledge of your family history and background to make everything a bit personalized. Regardless of background, somebody who can provide entertainment or knowledge on certain subjects can add a touch of originality to your day, be that being knowledgeable on the history of the location, to a history lesson on the Spanish American War. Family history is particularly relevant and can be incorporated into your day.
Trim your guest list
The wisest thing to do when you are planning a wedding on a budget is to trim your guest list to a manageable size and only include close family members and important friends that you are close to, and know you really want to attend your wedding. This will save you a fortune on catering costs.