Just because you want a beautiful wedding, doesn’t mean you’re going to have to clean out your savings. It’s totally possible to have a dream come true wedding without cutting corners and still keeping money in the bank. The trick is in knowing where you should skimp and save and where you shouldn’t; and there are a few ways to do that.
First of all, keep in mind that everything will be documented in photographs, so realize that what you want to remember should look elegant, and true to your overall vision. That being said, priority areas for investment will definitely need to include photography. If you want to have a friend or family member do your photos, that’s totally fine, but check through their portfolio to make sure they have the skills to create a great photo, as well as the eye to capture a perfect moment.
Keep your guest list small. You’ll naturally 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.
Make your invitations. There’s no need to invest a fortune on 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.
Ask for acts of service before, during and after the wedding instead of a gift. It’s 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.
Go with a garden, park, 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.
Create your own bouquet. 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.
Create an exclusive buffet table. 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!
Choose a local bakery for your cake or have a trusted friend or family member 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.
In the end, think about what matters most to you, what you want to remember and which details you’re likely to forget. Carefully placed sprigs of lavender will be more appealing in the memory than expensive gold centerpieces, for example.
You know best what you want for your special day.
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