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5 ways to cut down wedding costs
How to cut down wedding costs withoug ruining the occasion
Cost of organizing a wedding is on the rise and more and more people are looking for ways to cut down there weddings cost. If you have ever organized a wedding you will know that your initial estimations are usually off the mark. There are so many small things to take care of and cost of all these things tend to add up to a considerable amount. Having said that there are plenty of ways to do a budget wedding without taking the glamor off the occasion. One important thing to remember is that this is one of the most important days of your life so you should do your best to make it special, don't ruin it by trying to be cheap, but by cutting down on some unnecessary costs and by planning ahead you can save some money.
Bridal dressing and buying a dress
Bridal dressing is very expensive and so is a bride dress. These two are very important for the bride but you can cut down on the costs if you are a bit careful. A little known fact is that bridal dressers are given a commission from dress shops when one of there clients buy a dress from that shop. So usually when you go to a shop to buy a bridal dress they tend to say a raised price. This is especially true when it comes to bridal dressing in Sri Lanka and I guess it is pretty much the same all around the world. One thing you can do this is to go buy the dress yourself so you can get it at a lower cost. Another option that is becoming popular is to buy a relatively plain dress or sari and then give it to someone who does artwork etc on saris. This is becoming pretty common in Sri Lankan weddings and that way you have more control of how the sari and the dress looks like as well.
Picking a hotel and the date
Another area where you can cut down on the cost is the cost for hotel bookings. It is always a good idea to ask for a breakdown of the hotel costs so you can find out where you can make some cuts. For example serving liquor in a wedding reception can be quite expensive, especially if its a reputed hotel. Considering that only few people actually drink in a wedding reception this is one thing you might consider cutting down. You can always give a small party before the wedding for your drinking buddies, this way they can drink all they want and you will make a huge saving too. Another thing you can do to cut down on hotel costs is pick a date during the off season for your wedding, where the costs are relatively low. For example in Sri Lanka it is the wedding season during November, December and January and it is very hard to book a hotel and it is expensive as well. So if you can plan in advance then you can pick a good date and reduce some costs that way.
Planning the honeymoon in advance
There are great travel deals all year around and if you plan in advance you can enjoy your honeymoon at an exotic location for a very low cost. Sri Lanka is considered one of the top tourist destinations for weddings, with beach weddings getting increasingly popular among tourists. The advantage of planning in advance is then you can get the best deals from airlines , travel agents etc. All hotels and travel agents are looking for advanced bookings and to encourage this they give great discounts. This is where you can make use of the opportunity.
Borrow and rent
There are some things that you only need for the wedding and it might be a good idea to swallow your pride and borrow or rent those items. One of the obvious things you can borrow is the a wedding car, instead of paying a small fortune to rent a luxury car you can ask help from one of your friends. When it comes to renting a tuxedo might be worth renting if you don't normally wear them. All these little savings you make add up to be a huge savings.
One area where most people tend to overdo things is in wedding decorations. This will be especially costly if you are planning a church wedding as well. Wedding decorations are normally very expensive and if you are planning a wedding with flowers all around the church and the reception hall then be prepared to pay a hefty sum for it. If you are planning a wedding mass as well you can keep the decorations there to a bare minimum. Churches are anyway maintained well and you don't need to do a whole lot to make them beautiful. A few simple flower arrangements near the altar should be more than enough.
You can spend some money on the decorations in the reception hall. If you plan in advance you can collect some natural things to give that extra beauty and uniqueness to your tables. Sea shells with gold dust are a nice addition and in Sri Lanka you ca collect them for free. These simple things add color to your wedding while saving you money.