Weddings happen only once in a lifetime. But, this is not an excuse to spend all your savings on an extravagant wedding and be indebted for the rest of your married life. You can still have a dream wedding by keeping it simple yet classy. After all, it is not all about how much you spent on your simple wedding but how committed you are in keeping your vows.
Here are some tips on how to plan for a simple wedding:
1. Limit your number of guests
Your wedding guest list will eat more than half of your wedding budget. It is important that you only invite people who are closest to both of you. You can also make your wedding an “adult only” event. There are times when your guests bring in their entire family – some even their neighbors. Make sure that you only invite your family members and very close friends.
2. Do-It-Yourself Wedding
To lessen the hassle of arranging everything, there are couples who hire a wedding planner or coordinator. If you can personally plan and handle the details of your wedding, it will definitely save you a lot of money. You don’t need to hire a wedding planner. All you have to do is ask your closest friend or family to help you out especially with the last minute details during your wedding and you’re good to go. No need for wedding planners or coordinators.
3. Keep a simple menu
A simple meal where guests can be satisfied is enough for the wedding reception. You do not have to prepare a buffet meal for more than 100 guests. That’s a big no-no. Get tips from your caterer on what is the best combination of food. Choose a menu that is simple yet, satisfying.
4. Keep your wedding attire simple
Do not go for designer gowns. Either you hire a couturier that has an eye for fashion and classy details but will not break your budget or simply rent a wedding gown. Even your groom should also consider whether buying a new suit or a made to order is cheaper. Pick out the wedding attire that will make you look elegant, classy and comfortable. Price tag does matter with a limited wedding budget.
5. Do away with fancy invitations
Take advantage of the internet and do away with the fancy, scented invitation cards. Perhaps, you can send an e-invitation to your close friends through their email addresses. Then, your family and secondary sponsors may be given the hard copies of wedding invitation. If you think about it, wedding invites become insignificant after the wedding.
6. Choose simple decorations
There are simple art materials that should not cost much. Make a small research of DIY wedding decors to avoid ordering decorations that are unnecessary. Decors add up to the liveliness of your wedding set up but unimportant details are just additional budget cost. If you can make something up with recycled materials, why not? Make use of your creativity and keep it simple.
7. Do not shoulder all the expenses for bridesmaids and groomsmen
There are couples who try to cover all the expenses even the attire for the parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen. Since these people agreed to participate in your wedding, they should also be ready to shoulder some expenses for their respective gowns and tux. After all, you picked them out probably because they are the closest people to you. They will surely understand if you ask them to pay for their own attire.
8. Always ask for discounts
Making reservations ahead of time will surely save you some money. There are restaurants and other wedding venues who offer discount rates for early reservations. Take advantage of these discounts rather than pay double for rushing everything. Wedding venue prices are at its peak during December and June.
9. Ask friends to be your wedding photographer
Digital cameras are everywhere. It is definitely nice to have pictures of your wedding, but hiring a professional photographer is not your only option. There are definitely friends who are willing to take your pictures on your wedding day. They may not be the best quality compared to professional photos but, at least you can have limitless number of photos on your simple wedding.
10. Do away with party favors
It’s either you don’t need to give out party favors or opt to distribute simple souvenirs. The trend nowadays is to rent out a photo booth and printed copies will serve as your guests’ wedding souvenir. Figurines and other party favors are very outdated. Your guests will appreciate a keepsake that will remind them how they enjoyed your simple wedding party through the photo printouts.
Weddings are one of the memorable experiences in your life. But, it does not have to damage your wallet. Remember that everything is between you and your future husband. Strictly follow your budget and stop trying to impress other people. It is better to spend wisely rather than pay for debts spent on unnecessary wedding details. Walk down the aisle with a worry-free smile. Keep your simple wedding . A blog post shared by BestBride101.com – Your ultimate “go-to website for all tips, guides and inspiring ideas to make your wedding… perfect