Planning the perfect beautiful wedding doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. You should feel good about your planning and not spend the whole time worrying about your finances. We’ve helped many people plan their weddings and want to pass on some valuable tips to you on how to plan a beautiful wedding on a budget.
It’s totally possible. Here are our top tips:
Keep your invite list small
Although you might be tempted to throw everyone you know on your guest list, that isn’t always a great idea. With each addition you make, you’re adding additional costs while also making your wedding less intimate. Write down your list. Then cross off who you can. Then do it once more. When crossing off, think of people that you’re only inviting because you feel obligated, or the ones you know for sure wouldn’t come anyway.
Ask for help instead of gifts
Asking family and friends to offer help or services that align with their talents in lieu of a gift is a great way to keep your wedding on a budget. Think of the services you need but can’t afford to pay for and lovingly ask your talented friends and family to serve you in that helpful and memorable way.
Have an outdoor or in-home ceremony
Renting a building or event room for your wedding and reception can be very expensive. Instead, think about having your wedding in your own or someone else’s home or perhaps a park with a beautiful view. Keep in mind that weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared with an all weather tent that will fit all of your guests and wedding party.
Family style eating
Instead of paying for catering, go back to the idea of asking for help. Who’s a great cook? See if that person (people) would be willing to prepare a simple meal or snacks for the reception. Home cooked tastes best anyway!
Don’t pay for flowers that will just die. Gather simple wildflowers native to your area and decorate simply. Accent with affordable picks like queen anne’s lace and lavender or pine, and you’re sure to have a beautiful and fragrant addition to your day.
Make your own invites
Why spend a fortune for cards that people are likely not to keep? Instead, handwrite a lovely note, and include a useable photo your guest can keep for themselves. If you want to go a little further, sprinkle some gold and silver glitter or confetti in the card and envelope. Simple is best.
For the cake, either have a friend or family bake your cake for you, or go with a trusted local bakery to do the job. If you want multiple tiers, think of going with less flowers and designs to keep the costs down. The more simple the design, the better.
The truth is, it’s easy to cut corners on the unnecessary but make sure you go with value and detail where it matters. Choose your favorite song to walk down the aisle with. Love your dress. Invite those you love the most. And when choosing to go with a professional for your catering, photography or cake, be sure to research their customer satisfaction and go with quality and good reputation.
Ontario Bakery is a family owned and operated bakery in Southern California that specializes in custom designed cakes and sweets for all occasions. If you would like more information on what we can do for you, please contact us today!