You may have committed to the essentials of your wedding, such as the venue and the date. This is great, but if you need to save then it’s possible for you to cut back on other parts of your big day and most of the time, this can be done with very little compromise.
Sending out printed wedding invitations can be expensive. If you want to save money here, why not think about creating your own? You can also send out e-invites instead. When you do, you will be able to customise your invitations much more and you won’t have to worry about the cost either.
When buying your dress, you have to make sure that you don’t go to the first place that you see. If you do, you may end up spending way more and you may also find that you aren’t entirely happy with the end result too. There are plenty of options available online and when you search for designer wedding dress collections, you’ll see that there’s truly something for every bride.
Buy Less Flowers
If you need to keep the cost of your wedding down, opt for table decorations that don’t revolve around flowers. Again, it’s more than possible for you to make them yourself. If you don’t have time for this then candles are another great option here. They’re cheaper too, and the main reason for this is because the vendor can use them for other weddings and they also add a lot of colour. You can also add a single flower to the display, as this will make a big impact without costing a huge amount.
Ask Your Guests to Take Photos
Paying a photographer to capture your special day can be expensive. If you want to cut down on the cost of your photographs, then send your photographer home early and ask your guests to take some photos instead. Put a disposable camera on each table with a series of challenges. This could be to pull a funny face or to even take a picture of someone smiling. When you do, you will soon find that you end up with a series of natural photos and the best thing is that you’ll be well under your budget too.
Opt for a Buffet
A buffet can cut down on the cost of catering by over 30%. This is a fantastic way for you to save money and you would be surprised at how much your guests will love it. If you want to do something a bit more creative, you might want to think about having a hog roast outside instead. This can feed up to 150 people and you can serve a huge range of sides too. If you do decide to go ahead with this idea, then you have to make sure that you have a vegetarian or vegan option available too because if you don’t, you may find that you end up leaving some guests hungry.
Hire Amateur Musicians
You would be surprised at how much a professional wedding band can cost. At the end of the day, you don’t need to pay for a huge band to play your wedding. Instead, you could opt for an amateur musician. You’d be surprised at how many local bands are waiting for their big break, and you could be the person to give it to them.
Book a DJ
Hiring a DJ can also help you to cut back on cost. Sometimes you can get someone who plays music from their iPad or mobile and this can save you a huge amount of money. The venue will usually provide the speakers, and this is a great way for you to make sure that all of your guests are entertained long into the night.
Have Everything at One Venue
If you are having to transport your guests from venue to venue, this will really impact your budget. If you host everything with the same hotel or venue, then this can significantly lower the overall cost and you can also save time too. A lot of hotels will give you a discount if you have the whole day with them, and this is another way for you to free up more room in your budget. If you want to get the best result out of this then it does help to hire a wedding planner. When you do you will be able to relieve some of the stress you are under and you will also be able to relax knowing that everything is going to run smoothly.