Wedding on a budget
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Getting married is one of the most breathtaking things that could ever happen to a couple. After all, if all goes well, how many times would you be able to attend your own wedding? Just once, right? It is a once in a lifetime event, indeed. Sadly, this is the reason why many people think that they should shell out all their life time savings. If you think about it, it is very impractical to spend all your money when you are about to enter a new chapter in your life. That being said, here are tips on how to plan a wedding on a budget.

Tip # 1: Don’t Hire a Wedding Planner

If you have your resources and if you know a lot of people, then there is absolutely no need for you to hire a wedding planner. The key is in planning ahead so that you can take care of everything that needs to be done within a reasonable amount of time. Wedding planners will charge you high fees for their services. You can possible save about 1,000 dollars if you choose to do the planning yourself.

Tip # 2: Be Wise in Choosing a Venue

Venues are properties that charge a pretty heavy amount for a few hours of celebration. If you have a wide space at home or if your friends or family can lend you their garden for a day, then that would be great. You only need to rent tables and chairs and decorate appropriately for your wedding and reception. With this tip, you can also potentially save up to 500 to 1000 dollars depending on the number of guests you have.

Tip # 3: Don’t Go For New

Most of the things that you will be using on your wedding day will only be used once. Be practical. No need to buy a beautiful wedding gown from famous designers like Vera Wang. Why don’t you just rent a gown from your local tailor? Do the same for the groom and the entourage. Besides, these dresses and suits won’t have any use after your big day anyway.  

Tip # 4: DIY

There are many do-it-yourself wedding projects that you will be able to find online. For example, instead of having to print so many wedding invitations, you can save on printer ink and paper by doing a simple e-invite (electronic invite) and uploading it on an event on FaceBook and tagging the people concerned. Besides, everybody has their own Social Media account today. The benefit in using an e-invite instead of a traditional invite is that you will be able to see their replies immediately and that you will be able to do a head count and RSVP. Do a DIY project for your wedding souvenirs as well. Having your own personal touch on your guests’ tokens would mean a lot to them and it would save you a lot of money as well.

Tip # 5: Hire Local Talents

You will probably hire a band to play at your reception. Remember that there is no need to book some big shot musician. This is not a concert. This is your wedding, what matters are the songs and not the people singing it. It is also a way for you to support local talent. The band might not even charge you for anything especially if they are just looking for exposure or experience.

Tip # 6: Create a Gift Registry

Before the wedding, let everybody know what you, as a couple, would want or need as wedding gifts. This is a very practical way to save money especially if you guys don’t have a lot of stuff on your new home yet. List things such as curtains, sheets, pillows, coffee makers and the like. When all the guests see the registry, presents won’t be repeated and won’t go to waste.

Keep in mind that your wedding day is not about how grand and expensive it is. It is about the people who will spend it with you and being able to say your vows with the person you love. Everything else is secondary.