The wedding ceremony and reception takes only a few hours but if you are not careful you will easily blow away thousands of dollars. Naturally you want the day to be perfect and full of great memories but you wouldn’t want to spend more than you can afford.
With the right approach you can manage your wedding on a small budget and this article will show you how to plan a cheap wedding. But remember, just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it won’t be fun and exciting. With the right wedding reception ideas your wedding could be the envy of everyone.
Choose The Venue
Luxurious hotels and lounges cost a lot of money and will have no place in your plan for a cheap wedding. Ask your local park authorities to allow you to arrange your wedding party at the park for a small fee. Find one with a patio area where you can hold the wedding ceremony.
Other possible venues that do not cost much are church halls, community or social clubs, your college, museums, and galleries. You can also hold the reception at the home of friends or family. Select a place that can accommodate all your guests. Be prepared for rain or adverse weather conditions.
Unleash your creativity and get wedding decoration ideas for a beautiful wedding. A florist can help you choose floral arrangements that are affordable. Use a variety of unique materials for the centerpiece. If you hold your wedding in a park or garden you may not need a lot of floral decorations.
You don’t have to send wedding invitations to everyone, only to a selected few. This will help you cut down on expenses.
Food and drink will take a large part of the wedding budget. Plan the food and wine that you will serve to make this task simple. Make arrangements to purchase local vegetables and other materials at wholesale prices. Perhaps some of your friends who are good at cooking can help you out. Look for wedding cakes that are affordable.
Every girl wants the most beautiful wedding gown in the world but if you can’t afford an expensive one there’s no need to feel bad about it. Many shops offer wedding gowns on a rental basis. Guys can rent suits, too. You can also shop around and try some simple wedding dresses that you can buy at affordable prices from local shops.
When you plan a wedding on a limited budget it doesn’t mean that the wedding has to be boring. Provide background music to entertain your guests. Download your favorite songs and play them on your wedding day. Have some instrumental music playing in the background while guests are dining or having drinks. Keep pop and hip-hop music for the wedding dance ceremony.
Professional videographers and photographers will only ruin your budget. When planning your budget wedding ask some friends to take pictures of the wedding ceremony and reception. If you have a friend who is a DJ ask him or her to take care of the music.
You may discover that it’s more fun to plan a wedding that is inexpensive than a luxurious one. Use the money you save for an exotic honeymoon.