Weddings can be ridiculously expensive, but if you’re hoping to have one without ruining your finances, there’s no reason why you can’t have an amazing and special day while still being relatively frugal.
Here are some tips to help you plan an outdoor wedding on a budget:
Keep the Guest List Small
It can be tempting to invite everyone you know to help you celebrate your big day, however this isn’t always the best idea. For every person you add to your guest list, you’re adding more costs and also making your big day a little less intimate.
In order to save money, invite fewer people to make the event more intimate, try and whittle your list down by 10%, then another 10%, and keep going until you only have people you know very well.
Choose Help instead of Gifts
For many people who are getting married, they’ve been living together for a while and so already have all of the typical wedding gifts- the toasters, breadmakers, and casserole dishes are unnecessary.
Instead, let your wedding guests know that in the place of gifts, you’d love some help with the wedding itself. This could include musical accompaniment during the ceremony or a bank/DJ for the reception, the wedding photos, or even the food and drinks.
Have your Ceremony at Home
Renting a function hall or building for your ceremony can be an expensive choice, however using your own home, your parent’s home or even a public park can mean massive savings. The trick is to have a back-up plan in case you get hit with bad weather, since no one wants to be getting married while they’re getting rained on, and your guests will be miserable as well.
It’s a good idea to buy a Marquee, which will mean you and your guests will be protected from bad weather (and even bright sun).
One of the biggest expenses for any wedding is the food preparation and catering, which can cost big bugs. If you’re any good in the kitchen, handling your own catering can be the way to go and you’ll be surprised at how many people offer to help with certain aspects (you may have a friend who is experienced at making wedding cakes for example).
If this sounds like a nightmare, consider asking around and finding a family-owned restaurant. They’ll usually go the extra mile to ensure that your wedding is special, will be able to cater to your budget, and are usually much more willing to negotiate.
Ditch the Flowers
Flowers are another huge expense, and while they look pretty, they’re destined to die shortly after that reception ends. For those who need at least a few flowers, focus on simple elegance- consider a single rose for every bridesmaid or just a tiny bouquet for the bride.
Another interesting idea is to go with fake flowers- it’s unlikely that anyone notice and you can make the arrangements all by yourself.