How to Plan a Cheap Wedding on a Small Budget - Inexpensive Wedding Planning Tips
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Cheap Wedding, Anyone?
Most weddings (nearly 2/3rds at present) end in divorce, so why spend so much on something that might not last? Okay, nobody wants to hear that. But at least now I have your attention.
Forget the statistics. Nobody gets married expecting for the relationship to sour, so the bride and groom should expect to last forever. But that forever will be much more pleasant if the couple has some money in the budget to get that new life started.
I'm a realist. For even the strongest marriage ever, why spend so much money on a wedding rather than investing it in life after the big event? Especially when there are so many ways to save and have just as beautiful a wedding.
Here are some ideas on how to have a beautiful, yet inexpensive wedding.
Vintage Wedding Dress
Vintage Wedding Veil
Save on the Wedding Dress
It's easy to save money on the wedding dress. So many brides spend several hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a wedding dress they will wear only once. Why? Why be like every other bride who does the same thing, spending tons of money on something that will end up in a box or closet to attract moths?
Instead, brides can be unique and save a ton of money. It's possible to find a dress in a style that fits a bride's uniqueness without paying half a year's salary. Brides may even be able to wear their mothers' or grandmothers' dresses. The vintage style is popular right now, so buying a used dress is really in vogue. Many romantic, gorgeous, gently used dresses can be found in resale shops and thrift stores.
See my picture of a beautiful vintage dress that I found at a resale shop for $35. I got it years ago, thinking that, if I ever got married, I would want something old and romantic like that dress and veil. If I never use it, at least it's a beautiful decoration, hanging in my sewing/craft room.
Save on Wedding Decor
It really shouldn't cost much to decorate for a wedding. Depending on the time of year, there are different wildflowers or garden flowers that can be picked to decorate the church or other wedding venue. Daisies, daffodils, and roses are a beautiful decor for any event locale. Ribbons can be wrapped around the ends of pews or benches. It doesn't take much in the way of decor to dress up a place.
Hand-picked flowers can also be tied together with ribbons and used for the bride's and attendants' bouquets.
Homemade Wedding Cake
Save on Wedding Cake and Food
Why anyone would spend hundred of dollars on a cake I don't know. Many grocery stores make beautiful cakes for a fraction of the cost charged by bakeries. Perhaps there is even someone in the family--or a friend--who has a knack for baking and decorating cakes.
Couples should not feel compelled to feed everyone dinner, either. That could cost thousands of dollars. Instead, light appetizers can be served when the wedding is at a time of day that doesn't require a meal, such as the afternoon. Heavier appetizers can be served for evening weddings.
A number of tasty appetizers can be made by family and friends. Here are some easy and inexpensive appetizers that I use for many occasions.
Party Favors and Gifts
Gifts, too, don't have to be expensive. Consider unique dollar store items for wedding party gifts and party favors. There are great deals online for cheap party favors and wedding gifts, too!
Save on Wedding Photography
Thousands of dollars are often spent on photographers for photos that will be put in a wedding album and rarely looked at. How much further that money could go on other wedding expenses or for the life after the wedding. Even the honeymoon!
Why not get a friend, or even an amateur photographer who needs experience, who is sure to take some really awesome photos? With digital cameras, it's easy to see if the pictures are turning out well or not.
It seems like such a waste to spend a lot of money on pictures that could be made for next to nothing. Looking at cheaper options for the photos alone could save thousands on a wedding.
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- Tips for Wedding Planning on a Budget
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Save on Bridesmaids Dresses
Have you been to weddings before where the bridesmaids choose their own dresses? I have, and it looks really cool. I don't agree with asking the wedding party to pay for their own attire If they must, it should be something affordable that they can wear again.
Whatever the color theme is, bridesmaids can be asked to wear a dress of that color, choosing a style that fits their own body type. Gone is the day of matching pastel ball gowns that will never be worn again. If the gals have dresses in their own closets that will work,why not wear them? If they don't have anything suitable, buying them inexpensive dresses that fit the theme is an option.
The same goes with the groomsmen. When did a suit become not good enough? Why rent a tux when a suit will do just fine? Dress the groom and groomsmen up with a tie that matches the wedding's color scheme, and that should do.
Shopping online is always an option for saving money. You can find some steals of a deal on wedding dresses and attire for the whole bridal party at online stores.
Save on the Wedding Reception
Okay, so the wedding is over. Now what to do for the reception? If I were the bride, I would spend the most on the reception, as it can be a super fun party that the bride and groom, along with the guests, will remember for a long time to come.
As I mentioned before, it's not necessary to have a sit-down meal, but heavy appetizers would be appropriate. When opting for alcoholic beverages, a cash bar where guests pay for their own drinks is totally acceptable.
Some inexpensive champagne to pass out in plastic glasses for the first toast to the happy couple is another nice touch.
Of course, it might be important to some to spend money on certain things, such as food or even photos. For me, a simple--yet attractive--wedding with a nice reception and an awesome DJ who joins everyone in a fun after-party sounds pretty perfect.
Save on the Honeymoon
Finally, it's even possible to save on the honeymoon. Check out these deals on lingerie, luggage, and other clothing appropriate for the honeymoon trip.
Before that trip is booked, it's worth the time to look around for the best deals. Expedia and other travel agencies offer some weekend and other packages on romantic destinations, whether looking for a sandy beach or a cozy cabin.
A wedding can be simple yet wonderful at a low cost. Brides (and grooms) can have an inexpensive but beautiful wedding while staying within a small budget.
© 2014 Vicki L Hodges
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