In an effort to save money on your wedding, you can easily arrange your own ceremony and reception without hired help. From the decorations to floral arrangements, there are certain details that you can cut back on or avoid altogether when planning your wedding. Although hiring a wedding planner and a few other specific items aren’t essential parts of a marital ceremony, there are a few things that are and shouldn’t be left out of your wedding. Couples who opt for a smaller wedding, especially, do not need to go to the extraordinary lengths to have the wedding of their dreams, nor do they have to be frugal about everything pertaining to their big day.
While there are minute details that you can skimp on, you must consider the most important elements before you begin to cut corners in your wedding plans. Although you must be diligent and well-organized in your wedding arrangements if you’re on a budget, you must also decide what items are must-haves and what things are you willing to go without, figure out where you can find the best deals and quality services, determine the maximum amount of guests you can afford, and establish the costs of the food and beverages you plan on serving. Here are a five wedding necessities that you shouldn’t be cheap about.
This isn’t a birthday party where your pictures are only going to appear on Facebook or Instagram—this is your wedding and these photos will be seen by all of friends and family members for years to come, so it’s best that you hire a professional photographer, not your friend who took photography class in university. Wedding receptions tend to be dark and chaotic, so it’s best to go with a professional who has the skills to correctly capture those memorable moments. If you want your guests to have fun and take some of their own candids, give all your guests disposable cameras and tell them to snap away.
Food and Beverages
While some people say that the food isn’t important at a wedding reception, they are quite mistaken. Although you don’t have to serve a five-course meal, you must serve your guests something other than hors d’ oeuvres. Buffets are a cheap way to cut catering costs, as well as having a cash bar instead of an open bar. If you still need to save, cut the number of guests, not on the food and beverages.
Wedding invitations are very significant as they leave the first and most meaningful impression of your matrimony. Do not email E-vites or homemade invitations, unless you use a professional wedding invitation kit. However, it’s best to shell out the money to have professional wedding invitations made.
Gifts for Your Bridal Party
You can trim expenses with bargain bridesmaid gifts, such as bath products and candles, however, not giving gifts to your bridesmaids is a major breach of wedding etiquette, after all, they shelled out money for those bridesmaids dresses from M&S, so the least you can do is show your appreciation If you absolutely cannot afford bridesmaid gifts, cut down on your bridal party or throw a bridal party dinner.
Every wedding needs some form of entertainment, so don’t scrimp when it comes to your band or DJ. Ask other married couples for referrals and shop around. Whatever you do, don’t rely on your iPod.WeddingBudget.co.uk is on twitter and Pinterest. If you really enjoyed reading this article, then do us a favour and share the link with your friends, and please get in touch if you have any budget ideas of your own to share with us. Thanks :)