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Wedding On A Budget - Saving Money On A Wedding

Updated on July 5, 2011

How To Make Wedding Invites And Favors - DIY Budget Wedding Guide

If you are planning to get united in a wedlock and you are on a tight budget, then you must be searching about the best ways to save money on your wedding. It makes it hard to have your dream wedding since that can cost like a katrillion dollars. I got married 4 years ago and have attended several weddings of close relatives and friends in my lifetime till now. I know about the big fat Indian weddings where people spend thousands of dollars for engagement and wedding functions, buying expensive dresses, expensive jewelry, spending 100s of dollars in beauty saloons, etc. and in weddings where most of the things are done to show your status. Instead this extensive amount of money can be spent on planning retirement or securing your future buying insurance but people do it not as a tradition anymore but just as a status symbol.

Also, I have been to simple court marriages with a small reception party after wards, but today I am writing this hub for people who want to choose the way in between that means, neither too costly, nor too cheap wedding, and I will show you the way from where you can start:

Ask your friends, they are actually better than relatives and will always help you

Think of your friends who have talents. Among our friends, we found DJs (I have one (Amit Luthra at hubpages) and he played free on my cocktail a day before my marriage), decorators, hosts of the rehearsal dinner, a semi-pro photographer, jewelers, and many other people wanting to help us, however, they can. It is really going to help us keep the costs down and make our wedding much more personal by doing this.

A beautiful American wedding picture shot by my friend, Bunty Kumar, in US.
A beautiful American wedding picture shot by my friend, Bunty Kumar, in US.

Choose a budget friendly location for the wedding occasion

Another good idea is to try to have your reception somewhere non-traditional: a church, a small restaurant, near a beach, a historic building – these places will often be happy to help you, and they will cost a lot less than a reception hall or country club.

You can also consider a public park or community center as budget friendly wedding locations.

Wedding on a budget - A bride from Bali Beach - Wedding alongside the beach is a nice idea for budget wedding with a unique style.
Wedding on a budget - A bride from Bali Beach - Wedding alongside the beach is a nice idea for budget wedding with a unique style.
Excellent wedding photography by my friend Dawinder in UK.
Excellent wedding photography by my friend Dawinder in UK.

Start in advance - Do things on your own

The best way to save money on a wedding is to do things yourself or to have friends and family do things for you. Call your friends for a get together a few days before your wedding date and tell them about your plans. Let them give you some ideas and plan your wedding occasion. Make the favors, invites, centerpieces.

Bargain hunt for a dress. Check with your colleagues and other friends about where to get best bride and groom dresses at affordable prices.

As mentioned above, take help of friends and family in arranging flowers and other small decorative items.

Beautiful wedding centerpiece.
Beautiful wedding centerpiece.

Bridal Bargain Book: Secrets to an Inexpensive Wedding on a Realistic Budget - Invest Money In This Book:

Bridal Bargains by Denise Fields

This book in Kindle Edition costs $11.99 and $10.17 in paperback at Amazon. Anyhow, this book talks about all kinds of money savings for wedding that you can do. If you do not find the best deal here or if you don’t want to buy the book at all, just go to Borders from time to time and read it. Whatever you want to do is up to you. The idea is to derive the benefits from this book, whether you buy or not.

The wedding couple - Brett and Maria
The wedding couple - Brett and Maria

Book your honeymoon air tickets in advance

You will save a good amount of money if you will start planning your personal finances in advance and book your air tickets at least three months in advance of your honeymoon date. I did this for my wedding and got 50% discount from SpiceJet Airlines for a honeymoon in Srinagar.

Least but not last for some, it is a matter of figuring out what is important to you (your dress, photography, flowers) and putting your money there and not spending money on things that are not important to you like expensive invites, videographer, live band, etc. it is you who has to take the right decision.

Also, it is not only that a person who has no money or less money should go for a budget wedding but people who have good amount of money also opt for a budget wedding as the money which they are saving right now can be used afterwards for buying term life insurance, retirement planning, funding child education, buying a house, buying a car, or simply multiplying your saved money with investments.

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Shronika and me in my cousin's wedding.
Shronika and me in my cousin's wedding.
Centerpiece bouquet
Centerpiece bouquet
Big Fat Indian Wedding
Big Fat Indian Wedding
Shronika Soni (my daughter) at my cousins engagement party.
Shronika Soni (my daughter) at my cousins engagement party.


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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much thesailor ssaul, and Simone for your comments and feedback on this hub.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      These are excellent ideas for saving money or weddings, and the photos are great too!

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      7 years ago

      this hub could have come in handy before i got marry, thanks

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      7 years ago from Seven Seas

      "Do things on your own"---this phrase would be a good start to plan for a wedding on a budget. Thanks, soni and loved your personal photos, too! And Shronika. Give my regards, please. This should win, too!


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