Planning a wedding is an exciting time. From the moment a couple get engaged, it’s the first thing they think about – and they often get carried away! I know when I got engaged, I had all sorts of huge plans for my big day. Sadly, most of us can’t have everything we dream of, unless we get clever with budgeting.
Plan a Wedding Without Spending a Fortune
It is entirely possible to have an amazing hen party and a beautiful wedding without going way over budget. The best way to get the most out of your money is to see where you can do things yourself, and search out those money saving hacks. From photo booth rental Fort Worth to saying yes to the dress. This post has you covered.
The Hen Party
You can’t get married without first having a hen party. It’s a great chance to have a big celebration with all the best ladies in your life. Whether you’ve got a party of 13 or 30, there are still ways to do things on a budget.
Lots of people opt to spend a weekend at a hen party house, that way you’ve got all your favourite people in one place and you can split the bill. Even if you don’t want to go away, you can still have a great time. Play hen party games wherever you choose to celebrate to help get into the wedding spirit.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure everyone can afford it. The most important thing is celebrating with those you love, so make sure everyone can be included. For budget hen party ideas, search Pinterest for some inspiration then put it to the vote.
Wedding favours are one of the easiest things to save money on, whilst still looking impressive. It’s possible to make your own, or even get a good deal when you bulk buy. You’d be amazed at what you can get for around £1 each when you bulk buy.
I’m a sucker for a rustic theme, so things like packs of wildflower seeds, wooden initial gift tags and anything written on brown card or paper (like personalised mix CD sleeves) are right up my street. I always think rustic is the easiest thing to do on a budget.
If you love the vintage look, then you don’t need to spend a fortune on a brand new dress. The best places to search for a beautiful second hand dress are charity shops, Etsy and even Facebook Marketplace.
It might be easier and cheaper to get exactly what you want by choosing something vintage and having it altered. A good seamstress can do more than just take the dress in. They should be able to alter the neckline, adjust or remove sleeves if that’s what you want, and take it up if it’s too long.
Wedding dresses can be costly when they’re bought brand new, but there is such a huge market for second hand wedding dresses that there is no need to buy new. The same can be said for bridesmaids’ dresses too.
Flowers are another area that can get expensive. Arranging wedding flowers is a big job, and of course, florists need to charge accordingly – but there are ways around it. For example, you could buy your own mason jars, fill them with freshly picked wild flowers and use them as centrepieces and decorations.
For your own bouquet, you could opt for realistic silk flowers or a dried flower bouquet. This means that whatever you choose, you can keep it forever.
Don’t Get Drawn in By Traditions
Although weddings themselves are steeped in tradition, it’s important not to get drawn in to participating in too many. Some traditions can be extremely costly and if it’s not your bag, it’s only going to waste your budget.
Church weddings make for a beautiful setting, but if you’re not a religious person, they can set you back more than a wedding package at a hotel might. Think about where you want your wedding to be and if family members are pushing you to uphold a tradition that they value more than you.
There is a modern trend now for renting land and having a wedding in a gazebo. This can save thousands compared to both a church wedding and a hotel package. A summer wedding in a gazebo will be a memorable occasion for you and all your guest. It’s possible to rent everything to fill the gazebo too, such as chairs, tables and even a dance floor.
Arranging caterers to provide a hot buffet or a hog roast means you can put on an impressive feast without the expense or formalities of a formal meal.
If you can think outside the box, it’ll be easy to host a beautiful wedding at a reasonable price. Paying less money will help you set up your future, and it doesn’t mean your big day will be anything less than perfect!
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