Love is one of the best feelings in the world, and so is finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. However, after the thrill that comes with the marriage proposal, planning the wedding can be a big headache. It’s even worse if you’re on a strict budget.
Believe it or not, the average cost of a wedding is between $35,000 to $65,000. With this in mind, some couples choose to save up for their wedding, while others take out loans to offset those costs. However, this has led many down the debt path. To prevent financial setbacks for years to come, it’s always best to have a wedding on a strict budget. We look at four easy ways to keep your wedding costs down.
Enlist Your Friends
Family and friends are a gem. You can usually count on them when planning a wedding. However, before entrusting in family members, try to take into account their different skills. For example, a friend with great handwriting skills can be tasked to design your invitation envelopes or wedding signage.
Another friend, who is probably an event manager or hospitality worker, can offer their services in finding you the best vendor deals online and in person. They could, for instance, put in an internet search for ‘wedding car hire London’ to help find the best car rental deals in the city.
As mentioned, weddings require so much planning. So, getting all the help you need from friends goes a long way toward reducing your load.
Sharing food during your wedding via banquet-style platters is a more interactive, fun, and communal way of having your wedding reception. This style also makes your caterer’s job easier than the traditional plate drop style. If your invitation list is long, this means there will be plenty of mouths to feed. You can keep the cost down by adopting a cocktail-style theme that comes complete with charcuterie and canapes. You can also consider food trucks, picnic hampers, BBQs, and gourmet pizza options.
Who Needs Cake?
If you decide to cut costs with your wedding cake, it helps to do ample research to ensure that your guests still have something unique to satisfy their sweet tooth. There are many fun and cheaper alternatives to a wedding cake, and many cakes or dessert suppliers will be more than happy to help you bring your vision to life. You can recreate a wedding cake using cupcakes, a stack of lamingtons, gelatos, fairy floss, or doughnuts.
Make Use of One Place
Want to cut down on expenditure? Have your wedding and the reception at the same place. Many event centers and locations can provide you with an all-encompassing, one-stop-shop for your wedding vows and reception party. Having both events at the same venue helps you save money on hiring a second place and the travel costs of moving from one place to the other.
All in all, every wedding is unique and special, whether it costs thousands or hundreds of dollars. With these easy-to-implement tips, you can have the best day of your life without breaking the bank.