Have you ever imagined how your wedding would go? I mean, who hasn’t? Almost every bride has envisioned her dream wedding even before saying yes to the big question. Now, it’s no secret how costly hosting such an event can get. But don’t despair. Planning a budget-friendly wedding is within reach. You can still have a beautiful, memorable wedding that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
It may be tricky if you haven’t planned an event before. But a few tips here and there will guide you along this journey. So to help you get started, here are the things you need to consider when planning a wedding on a budget.
Determine the kind of wedding you want
If you’re still not decided on the kind of wedding you want to have, this will be the first thing you’ll have to tackle. Don’t focus on the details of the event yet but think about the overall feel of the wedding you picture yourself in.
Establish your wedding budget
Of course, budget is THE crucial part. Set a realistic wedding budget with your partner, and try not to go beyond that. Allocate your funds depending on both of your priorities. If you want to spend more on reception, then do so. If you really must have that wedding dress then you do you, honey.
Focus on the things you care about and let go of the things that don’t matter as much. Setting your priorities is key to planning a budget-friendly wedding.
Limit your guest list
Your guest list determines how much you’ll spend on the overall costs of your wedding. And the fewer guests you have, the more you save on expenses. So, only invite the people who matter to you and your fiancé.
Host your wedding somewhere affordable
No matter how intimate your wedding is, renting a venue will still eat up a big percentage of your wedding budget. If you don’t want to cough up so much money on this, you may want to consider using a place with a minimal cost. It can be your home, a public park, or an outdoor venue you’re fond of. In case you go the route of an outdoor venue, have a Plan B ready for when bad weather happens.
Ask for help
When planning a budget-friendly wedding, it doesn’t mean that you have to do all things by yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends for help. Ask your talented friends to do your make-up, or bake the wedding cookie favors. This division of labor helps take some burden off your shoulders and is definitely more affordable.
Stay true to yourselves
During your wedding planning process, you’ll likely receive some unsolicited comments from friends and family. You might even get some criticisms from entitled relatives who didn’t receive an invite. Don’t give it a second thought. Not their wedding, not their business. Just flip some hair and stay true to what you have planned.
After all, it’s you and your husband-to-be who will be enjoying the results of a debt-free wedding.