Many couples who are planning a wedding on a budget mistakenly put the emphasis on “budget” when it actually should be on “planning”. Planning is the key because it can reduce costs and headaches. Having a concrete idea of what you want – compared to the funds you’re willing or able to put up – will increase your chances of having the kind of wedding you and your betrothed would like to have. Following are a few simple steps that should help the wedding planner focus realistically on what must be acquired, what beyond that is desired, and how much funds are at one’s disposal.
First of all, if saving money is your priority, consider having the wedding and reception on some day of the week besides Saturday. If you do, you might find yourself cashing in on some very substantial savings. Many of the services geared towards the wedding industry understandably offer tempting discounts on these “off-days”, which can free up large chunks of your cash for other purposes. These lower rates are offered by florists, caterers, venues…you name it. Because business is slower on these days, you might actually receive a more personalized and more attentive service than you would on a busy weekend. If you do decide to marry during the week, you might find that Friday is the best day because most of your guests will be free from work or will be able to get off early without too much fuss.
Planning a Wedding on a budget is not easy. Sit down and decide how much money you are willing to spend. Keep in mind that, despite your best efforts, expenses will probably outstrip this estimate by a considerable amount, so try to be realistic in your calculation. Once you have that maximum amount written down on paper, you will have a better idea of what you can afford and, more importantly, what you can’t.
Next, make a list of everything you think you will need at your wedding. Try to include everything, big or small. Then, sit down and prioritize those things. You will find that some of the items on your list are much more important to you than others. Ask yourself what things are actually necessary, and what things you would simply like to have, if possible. Allocate your money accordingly! Entertainment and catering are two of the most important factors, which can be pared down in one category.
After that, consider who to invite. Keep in mind that every guest in attendance will necessarily raise the total cost of the wedding. Family and close friends are indispensable, of course, but beyond them, it is advisable to limit the number of invitations in accordance with your budget.
Don’t feel discouraged if you’re planning a wedding on a budget. Statistics show that 92% of couples getting married plan their wedding on a budget. Don’t think for a minute that your wedding has to be very expensive in order to be exciting or entertaining for those in attendance. Look at the occasion as a unique opportunity to take this once-in-a-lifetime event, your wedding, and create the most marvelous, memorable experience of your entire life – all within a very reasonable budget!