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Ideas On How to Have a Minimalist Wedding - Save Money But Still Have the "Wow"
How much are weddings in your area?
I make wedding cakes as a hobby and became intrigued with the minimalist wedding once I saw how clean the wedding photos were. I have always felt that like planning for your wedding cake, planning for your wedding can be as complicated and costly as you want it to be. The more you save on the planning, the more you have for planning a honeymoon, or even putting a down payment on a new home or car.
According to the link above, the average cost for a wedding where I live is between $16,922 and $28,203. If you have a budget you want to stick to and you are creative or you have creative minds in your family, there are ways to save money and still have a wow wedding and reception, the latter of which can be most of your expense. The link above includes interesting tools to help you determine what your cost might be. You begin by plugging in your zip code and the average cost associated with where you live returns.
Basically, less does not necessarily mean your wedding or reception event will be any less beautiful and memorable. Your list can be as minimal and functional as you want it to be or you can explode with details. It all comes down to your plan, and if you don't want to go crazy, start out simple. You can fine tune it later.
An example of an urban art studio for a reception.
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Your Wedding/Reception Venue
Try to avoid larger common venues like the top suite of a hotel or the more expensive sites. Look for unique venues that will contain the number of guests you plan to invite. Also, there are some facilities that will house your wedding and your reception. Sometimes this choice can save money also. If you book your wedding on a non-traditional day like Friday or even Sunday, there are cost savings. Also, think about booking your wedding outside of the summer months--perhaps consider the fall months. Consider having your wedding at a museum garden or a park loaded with great landscaping and flowers. Decide what you value the most on your wedding checklist and remove things that just aren't necessary.
Also noteworthy is if you choose a venue that doesn't come with tables and chairs, then you will be adding to your budget by having to rent tables and chairs. The tables may appear to be reasonable, but the cost of the chairs might be more than you anticipated. That is probably the most expensive item we had for my daughter's wedding.
Through helping with the planning of my daughter's wedding, the best advice would be to shop around just like you would for other vendors. If you have a set budget in mind, stick with your budget. However, that being said, if you are going to splurge on one aspect, let it be the photographer expense. Try to find one who might charge you the same as one, but comes with two photographers like a husband and wife team, for example. Also, since it's common to be provided with a CD of your images, make sure the CD you're provided with is one containing high resolution photos--that way, you can print off any size photo you want. If you are provided one with low resolution, your best option will only be to have 4x6 size prints. If you get lucky, like we did, you can save a little bit of money and feel like you hit a bonus if you can find a team who works together and one who can present their images as though they all tell a story.
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An ideal wedding bouquet for a minimalistic wedding is one comprised of only one varietal, like tulips.