Want to throw the wedding of your dreams without sacrificing anything? Follow these genius budget tips
Opt for Digital Invites
Hand painted invites are great but not great with the point of price. Replace this by making a graphic artist to create a digital design that you could easily print yourself at your home. These digital design printed invites will effect the same but reduces your cost to half.
Schedule Your Day Wisely
Just to save a bit out of small, avoid taking long gaps between ceremony and reception as musicians and photographers will charge extra for this long gap as waiting time. And even a quick transition effect goes to your guests.
Skip the Bread Basket
Avoid bread baskets from your dinner table. This will not only save your hundreds but also let guests completely finish plated meals that your are actually paying for.
Instead of wasting tons of reply cards, have guests RSVP on your wedding app or website. You will save a huge amount of paper and postage and this will increase your chances to get a response from most of your guests. Make sure you add your phone number or home address for more elderly ones.
It Pays to Give Feedback
Vendors may sometime even charge for their feedback. Ask your ones if they could offer a discount for an exchange of honest online testimonial.
Switch Your Officiant
Its never necessary to have standard officiant. You must ask some of your friends if anyone can get ordained to marry you. This will give a feeling of a more personalized wedding and mainly adds to your savings.
Think Customizable, Not Custom
Don’t go for complete custom invitations, instead order a DIY printable from an online site. This will let you customize specific regions of the invite and still it keeps the cost low.
Standing Ceremonies Will Save You Big
If you think to have your wedding at an outdoor location, you can think of having a standing ceremony that will surely save your expenses on seating arrangement. Just don’t forget about the elderly guests in your wedding, arrange some chairs just for those who cannot make it on their feet for so long.
Think Big for Programs
Replace printing program cards for each one with a large program board at the entrance. Choose customized options like chalkboards or mirrors that are even low budget.
DIY Your Photo Booth
Forget setting up a photo booth instead buy a digital Polaroid. Set a station with a lovely backdrop and a camera. Let your guests leave a photo with a note and this will double your guestbook. This could also be a fun favor for friends and family.
Negotiate Meal Prices
If you try talking to caterers, you will come to know that kids plates could be reduced to half. There are even more budget friendly meals for children’s such as mini slider, chicken fingers, etc.
Sign Up for Deals
Follow some vendors and subscribe to their newsletters. Keep an eye on offers and book when the price gets low according to your budget.
Don’t Overdo Favors
Giving out favors to each and every single guests could be replaced by giving one favor to every couple. Just make sure you give favors that are sharable like champagne a or other treats. You can also opt for late night snacks and booze.
Select a Family-Style Meal
Arrange a family style dinner such as a gourmet pasta bar in the place of a three course plated meal. If you want something crowd pleasing select from several choices that includes meat and vegeterian.
Select Trifold Invites
Having destination “I DO’s”? Surely you will a lots of paper. Replace them by creating trifolds that contains invites, itineraries, and maps and all your importrant details. Saves a lot of money.
Select Double-Duty Flowers
Let your florists make bloom arrangements that may work for both reception as well as ceremony. This will make blooms for two in the cost of one. Make sure they travel place to place very safely.
Re-purpose Bridesmaids’ Bouquets
You can combine all your bridesmaids bouquets to make on large bouquet that can work for bar or escort table. This will save your money for decoration and is the perfect use of blooms.
Go for Mismatched Arrangements
A mix of short and tall flower table arrangement is cost effective as well as a great centerpiece.
Less Is More!
Arrange stems in clusters of bud vases surrounded by tons of glowing candles. This arrangement is effective, decorative, formal and doesn’t costs much.
Having a class on floral arrangement and then practice for your centerpiece. Make your what you choose must not be time consuming and too complicated. This will save you much more later.
Don’t Be Afraid of Carnations
Carnations when mixed with other blooms creates a lush and fluffy texture. This can counter peonies which are five times expensive than these carnations. You can even use them to make your centerpiece more effective.
Make Your Menu Work for You
Its not always necessary to have lengthy menus. You can server just one very delicious dish and fill rest of your menu with less pricey options. Vegetable sides and Pasta’s are great crowd pleasing dishes and are even wallet friendly for you.
Get Your Gown for Less
Wedding dresses are the greatest expenses, especially if you love a specifically designed gown. Search for sample sales where you can have your dream dress at a sharp discount. Or you could even get a dress tailored, that is cost effective and impressive as well.
Hire Another Type of Pro
Musicians are a great part of the wedding. But some professional musicians can be very costly. To avoid these costly musicians, look for music school teachers and they are trained enough to play quite well. Plus they will happily play at your wedding at a very low cost.
Don’t Pay a Flat Rate for Alcohol
If you don’t have heavy drinkers on your guests list then you must surely ask your caterers if you can for what guests drink meanwhile. This will save you from being charged by their flat rates that are rates that covers alcohol for complete reception.
Think Small for Cakes
A big cake always needs thousands. Instead serve simple single-tiered cakes. You can let your caterer serve single layer for each table. This way you could have cake cutting moment at a very low cost.
Offer Other Desserts
If you don’t like cakes then don’t even pay for it. Replace cake with pies that are tasty enough and costs half the cake.
Go for a Dessert Buffet
Dessert buffet are soon gonna be trendy as they are great for weddings and are even budget friendly. Let your guests compete over baking and serve the delicious results to all. This will also let your guests try a great amount of variety.
Swap Your Sweets
Replacing your dessert table with a table full of sweets. Serve your guests with bags so that they can fill in candies and take back home as favors. Plus this will not even affect you as you get them at wholesale rates.
Don’t Waste Desserts
Usually the left over dessert goes to the garbage or waste. Don’t let this happen, let you caterers know that they must pack them these in boxes for guests or send them back to your wedding suite for a late night snack.