The price tag of a typical wedding today can cost a small fortune. With so many things to consider – from the guests to invite to the gifts to give – it becomes a daunting task for the couple to keep up with expenses. So how can you have that perfect wedding that will be talked about for years to come, and still be on a budget?
The Guest List:
If you are fortunate or unfortunate to have a lot of family members and friends you can invite to the wedding, try to trim the list to a number you can really afford. There is no point in inviting acquaintances you’ve met only once before, when you can easily send a little gift to him or her later. Keeping a manageable guest list is the first big step in having a wedding you can afford.
Creative Invitation Cards:
You do not have to spend a fortune going to the printers to produce those exquisite fancy invitations. You can have fun and be creative with this by going to your local store like a Walmart and purchasing postcards (which costs as little as 33 cents each) you can insert your picture in and send to your friends and family. You can also go to the website MagnetStreet.com where you can find fun templates to create your own unique invitations.
The Joy of Cake:
The cost of a typical wedding cake can run in the thousands. However, you do not have to spend that much just to get that multilayered cake of your dreams. You can always order a beautiful medium-sized cake which you can both cut, and then purchase undecorated sheet cakes that can be served to the guests.
Locations on a Budget:
Depending on your city and its weather conditions, you do not always have to rent out the most expensive hall or ballroom for your wedding ceremony or reception. Outdoor locations like the beach, backyard or garden (with lots of space) are great options and cost considerably less than having wedding planners spend hours in a building.
Wedding Attires on a Budget:
Picking out the perfect wedding dress or suit can be a challenge especially if you’re on a budget. However, there are many ways to find and choose just what works best without breaking the bank. Try searching for sales in your local stores, online wedding sites or ebay.com. Consider going to local department stores to find gowns that you can transform into a wedding dress with a little creative imagination. You can also find out about renting wedding gowns, suits and bridesmaid dresses. Consider borrowing used wedding dresses from your mother, grandmother, sister or friend. You can never go wrong with vintage and there’s always the opportunity to make it your own.
Another great idea on cutting costs is going to Blurb.com where you can create your own photo album for less than fifteen dollars. It’s a great and inexpensive way to preserve the memories from your special day.