These Are Our Top Budget Wedding Tips:
Your reception takes a very large percentage of your budget. Try to keep your guest list down to save costs. A more intimate reception with close friends and family can be lovely. Be creative with your reception venue. Check out local restaurants and clubs, or you may wish to hire a hall.
This is an area where you can save a lot of money. Many couples are including a cash bar at their wedding. You may choose to provide beer, wine and soft drinks only at your wedding. Guests are then free to purchase any additional drinks that they may require.
3) Day of the Week
Often you are able to have the full trimmings for much less if you have your wedding on a day which is not a Saturday. Alternatively, having a breakfast or a lunch reception can be a great way to save on reception expenses. You can also serve a smaller meal or finger food at these times. Also, check the specials some venues have for the time of year, particularly if it is an off-peak time of year.
Many couples realise that the photographs will often be the one thing you will still have for years to come. So it is important to have a professional photographer to capture the moments on your special day. You can save a large amount of money by not having the photographer at the reception and home, just reserving the professional photographs for the ceremony area. This gives the added advantage of being able to relax and enjoy the reception without having to worry about posing for photographs too. One tip though, make sure you have a few family members taking photos of the important parts of the reception time, like cutting of the cake, first dance etc.
Wedding dresses can easily blow the budget. Try finding a local dress maker who may be able to create you a unique wedding dress according to your style. Consider whether you would prefer to hire your wedding dress. Keep an eye out for end of season sales. Bridesmaids can buy a cocktail dress from a boutique store.
Flowers do look lovely and add to the decorations of ceremony and reception. Think about the flowers you love, many can be cheaper than the traditional roses. Check the month of your wedding and which flowers are in season at that time.
7) Wishing Well
Many couples are including a wishing well at their reception for guests to five a monetary gift to the happy couple. Often guests find this a lot easier than having to find and purchase a suitable gift for the couple. See the wishing wells that we sell in our store.
Check with your reception venue to see whether your wedding cake can also be served as dessert. Many cake decorators are able to provide you with beautiful mud cakes of all kinds of flavours which make lovely desserts.
Scout around your family and friends to see if anyone would be willing to donate their nice cards for the day. A stretch limousine may fit bridesmaids as well as bride and parents.
10) Budget Suppliers
Find suppliers like Gem's Wedding Supplies where you are able to buy accessories and decorations without breaking the bank! Shop at Gem's Wedding Supplies