As any engaged couple knows, weddings can be expensive. From venue deposits and wedding gowns, bridal showers, and honeymoons, tying the knot is no small feat. But, it doesn’t have to be a budget buster. Creative couples can plan an unforgettable wedding that won’t break the bank.
The largest expense when it comes to planning a wedding is typically the venue. Rather than investing in a pricey reception hall, consider bringing your celebration outdoors. Rent a beautiful covered space in a local park and make your guests feel comfortable with tables, chairs, and linens. This can be an inexpensive alternative to banquet halls, and you can help reduce rental costs by having your wedding during the summer months.
Invitations are a necessary piece of the planning puzzle, and you don’t have to invest in expensive custom-printed cards, provided you budget properly. Select contemporary invites with interesting designs that will appeal to your guests and still express your unique style, or check out online services for custom invites at a fraction the cost of physical cards.
On the day of the wedding, you can save money by selecting an off-season day (from November to April) and avoiding weekends. Venues and vendors usually offer discounts on weekdays and Fridays in particular. You can also save on photographers and DJs by asking friends and family to help with the music and photography if they are skilled and can provide a camera for photos.
Honeymoons are another pricey part of the wedding and the festivities, but luckily there are plenty of options for couples on a budget. Research vacation packages to save money on flights, resorts, and car rentals, or consider travelling in the winter or during the off-season. Instead of jetting off to the Bahamas, explore local gems or drive away for a weekend getaway.
As a final tip, remember that the best weddings are about honoring your commitment to each other, not about spending the most money. Focus on the relationship you’re creating rather than how much you can afford to spend. With some creative thinking and a bit of effort, you can throw an amazing wedding that won’t break your budget.
Happy planning, and congratulations on your engagement!