Your wedding is perhaps going to be one of the most important, beautiful and memorable occasions in your life. This is the day when you start a new life with the love of your life and more often than not, it is a once in a lifetime moment. As such, it is important that you plan your wedding properly in order to ensure that everything runs perfectly and on budget. Here are a few cost cutting measures that can help you weed out unnecessary expenditures when planning your wedding.
- Have an off-season wedding
The peak seasons for weddings are usually April, August and December. This is the time when wedding service providers will charge you higher for their services. Avoid these peak seasons and you will most certainly save big on your wedding budget. Additionally, you will not have the tension of jostling for a wedding venue with a hundred other brides. Naturally, off season weddings tend to be way cheaper than peak season ones and you are guaranteed to get more attention and favors from your vendors.
- Choose in-season flowers
For obvious reasons, florists tend to charge exorbitantly for off-season flowers as they are out of supply during these times. Choosing flowers that are in season will not only save you money but also help you get fresh flowers for your big day. It is also advisable to get a décor vendor who knows their way around flowers to avoid overestimating on the quantity needed on the day.
- Go for a non-designer wedding dress
Every bride wants to walk down the aisle in a designer wedding dress. They are really cool. However, we all know those designer wedding dresses can cost an arm and a leg, two of both for that matter. Instead, why not opt for a replica dress from a local bridal store or a custom design from a dressmaker? Both options are guaranteed to keep your pocket happy and you never know what gem you will unearth at a fraction of the designer dress cost.
- Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
Yes, some wedding vendors like photographers and caterers cannot be avoided but when it comes to décor, flowers, centerpieces and place-cards you can channel your inner artist and get creative. You will find that this will save you a fair chunk of money and who knows, it might inspire you to start your own décor business.
- Trim your guest-list
Your wedding will certainly be one of the most intimate ceremonies in your life. If you are operating on a tight budget, then consider trimming your wedding guest-list to only close friends and family. Of all the tips, this is the hardest to do but it is also the surest way to cut your wedding costs significantly.
Let no one lie to you that lavish spending makes for the perfect wedding. Penny pinching goes a long way and will also help you get started off on your married life debt-free. All you have to do is beware of budget overruns and more importantly differentiate between the needs and the wants of the day.