Planning a wedding on a budget is no easy feat. There are bills for the wedding venue, the caterer, the band and other expenses that can really add up. Prospective brides and grooms probably want to save money and cut corners where it’s necessary, but without making their wedding seem tacky and cheap.
Here are some innovative ways to save money on your big day without making it feel any less special.
Wedding Ceremony Indoors
· Use your venue’s decorations. You don’t have to leave it at that, but definitely incorporate their décor into yours. They may have candelabras to add a little bit of sophistication and if you get married around the holidays, they will even have flower arrangements.
· Substitute candles instead of flowers. Flowers can be very pricey and will die after a few days. Candles don’t have to end when the wedding does. They can be reused.
· Potted plants. Similar to candles, potted plants have multiple uses. You can use them to line the isle, bring them to the reception and then cart them back home to be planted. That’s a win-win-win!
· Decorate the altar only. If you play it smart and find a venue that is already gorgeous on its own, then you will only need minimal effort to beautify the altar.
Wedding Ceremony Outdoors
· The setting is everything. If you pick a location that is well maintained and perfect on its own, then most of the work is done for you. You can add pops of color to the aisle and chairs by adding tulle or ribbons.
· Tie the knot at the park. This option could be free or with a minimal fee with the city or county where the park is located. Use one of their gazebos as to alter/focal point or rent one for the day of.
· Lighting is key. Dust off those white Christmas lights and hang them around the arc and in the trees if you’re planning an evening or night wedding. If you need more, just ask your family members and friends to loan theirs out for the special day. No need to pay for lighting.
· Plan the wedding ceremony and reception at the same location. By only having to decorate one space and not having to move anything from location to location, you’ll save a lot of money and work.
· Do the planning yourself. Paying a wedding coordinator can be pricey and with Pinterest handy for the ideas and your friends and family who you can solicit for help, you can totally pull off a DIY wedding. Just be prepared for the amount of prep, crafting and day-of work you’re signing up for.
· Display your photos. You can fill up some of the empty table space with your engagement photos, baby pictures and even snapshots of deceased relatives who you want to honor. Use frames that you’ll be able to reuse in your home. It’s okay to have a mismatch of styles.
· Use non-floral centerpieces. Decorate your tables with sea shells or a water feature. Having a flower centerpiece on each table can get pricey.
· Rent colored glassware. Looking for that pop of color without going overboard on flowers? Have your guests sip out of colored glassware.
With proper planning and a bit of thinking outside of the box, couples can pull off beautiful weddings that are incredibly affordable. How are you planning to keep costs down for your upcoming wedding?
– By Stephen Reynolds, Editor