Walking down the aisle is a dream come true for many people, but sometimes the money just doesn't fit. You have to exercise restraint to help you stay on the budget and still manage to pull a good stunt. Want to find out how you can make this happen, read along for these tips.
1. Adjust your budget
Most brides and grooms start with a humongous budget, but as they move along, sourcing for that money becomes an issue. Reduce your expectations and work only with the basics. Planning a wedding on a small budget also reduces the amount of time you have to spend allocating extra money on superficial items that are not necessary.
2. Reduce your guest list
You do not have to invite everyone you know from elementary school up to university. Invite only close friends and family, to avoid spending thousands of dollars trying to impress people. Even better, do not stress yourself over family members who you are not cordial with. Remember it is a wedding, not a problem-solving ground so do not feel guilty for not including them in your guest list.
3. Plan your wedding
Keeping wedding costs down is achievable, especially when you plan your wedding. The cost of hiring a planner could increase your budget by up to 30% more. In case your planner is outsourcing for some of the items, expect the price to go even higher. You do not want to start your marriage as a broke person, so skip the planner and do it yourself. There are many useful online resources available. For example, Brides Central has all of the tips, tools, a list of Australian suppliers and vendors that you need to get organised once and for all.
4. Opt for the buffet as opposed to a sit-down
When you choose to serve your guests in a sit-down style, the number of waiting staff you have to hire reduces significantly, even by half. Arrange for a buffet then let every person queue to take their food. In addition to this, you can pay for the meal per plate. Let the caterer count the number of plates of food they serve, then pay what you owe depending on the amount you had agreed on.
5. Use paper decor instead of flowers
Flowers are damn right expensive. Have you checked on the price of those exotic roses and lilies of late? And don't get me started about buying these when they are out of season. If your idea of a perfect wedding is a room filled with flowers, then you can say goodbye to saving cash. How to keep wedding costs down 101 is to eliminate the flowers. You would be surprised how paper flowers and lanterns make a perfect combination. Opt for flowerless centrepieces and if you have to use them, uses very few.
6. Plan a wedding during the low season
Offseason planning is another significant thing to consider when looking for tips on how to organise a wedding on a budget. Any time during the school holidays or major festive seasons is not the perfect time to plan a wedding. Think of doing yours during school time or even in winter. Just look for an enclosed venue and keep the AC on the entire time.
7. Second-hand gowns will still do the job just fine
I know the thought of using a dress that's already been used by someone else is appalling. However, your bank account will thank you for doing this. Shop around for second-hand gowns in downtown streets. Or you could look for a tailor to custom make your dress. However, look for several of them then compare the rates before settling down for one.
You can plan a wedding with very little money if you prioritize the important things first. Some people have managed to do one at the attorney general's office, and it has worked out fine, so put your big girl panties on and get ready to slash some costs.