Right now, if you want to get married with a complete and somewhat traditional setup, you may have to spend upwards of $30,000. That’s a pretty high cost for a one-day affair, memorable as you may want it to be.
Not everyone has that kind of money lying around, especially not in this economy. Fortunately, you can still have a fun and memorable wedding even if your budget is not that high. Consider these money saving tips for your wedding.
It’s easy to get carried away and invite everyone on your phonebook. Unless you have the budget, this is a bad idea. Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone at work or from your high school class. Invite only your closest friends and family members. A smaller crowd is easier to manage and less costly to feed.
Do you have a close friend or sibling who’s a good photographer? Ask them to take photos at your wedding instead of buying you a wedding gift. Your mom may be the best cook you know, and that will save you hundreds, if not thousands, from catering. It’s also OK to include a note on your invitations that you prefer cash gifts. Speaking of invitations, you might be able to design a simple one yourself on your computer. Don’t want to spend on printing? Send the invites through social media messages.
The best free venue is your home, of course, but if you don’t have space, look for a park where all you need to pay for is a permit. An outdoor venue for the wedding and reception is also easier and cheaper to decorate because the trees and flowers are a natural backdrop. Choose a theme that matches an outdoor wedding. Guests can come in summer attire, for example. Instead of worrying about a pricey menu, make it simple. Include gelato catering from bonbongelatoandicecream.com in Utah, which doesn’t cost much, so everyone gets ice cream, a welcome relief on a hot day. Put some disposable fans and colorful umbrellas in buckets right by the entrance. Bug lotion packets or cooled face towels are also a good idea.
You don’t have to spend too much money to make your wedding charming, memorable, and fun. Something simple may even be a welcome change for most of your guests.