Weddings can be one of the most expensive events you will ever plan in your life. You need a ceremony venue, a reception venue, catering for all the guests, invitations for all the guests, and plenty more that adds up before you even know it. Here are the top 5 wedding budget tips to assist you in staying within your wedding budget.
Pick a wedding theme
Often when you pick a wedding theme, you can include items you might not usually be able to include in your wedding planning, but because they are within your theme, you can get away with it. The theme can be as simple or as complicated as you like. For example, choose colors like pink, white and/or gold, add hearts or flowers, since it’s all within the theme everything you do will tie it together, and give a much nicer feel to your whole wedding.
Call in favors
You may not like the idea of it but why not. You probably know plenty of people with a multitude of skills and it’s your big day. Call in favors, ask for help, surely people in your life are creative and can help you with décor, food, or anything else within a reasonable budget or free. If you had the opportunity to help your friend for her wedding, chances are you would say “yes.” So don’t feel embarrassed and ask for help where you can get it. Costs can run into thousands easily and if you save money at every chance you get you can use your budget in the best way possible.
Get people to help you out and handmake things. Handmade wedding invitations can give a great impression to your guests and can mean a lot more than a whole run of mass produced cards that you've printed off or just signed the inside of. Handmade wedding favors and place settings can also add a nice touch to your wedding with a little time. These things may take up your time but can save you plenty of money.
In some cases it can be cheaper to hire someone for certain tasks than try it yourself and risk additional cost. Check out prices for any services you need and see if it’s within your budget. Don't assume hiring someone is always the most expensive option take a proper look at what you can do and get.
Limit the guest list
No-one likes to tell people they aren't invited to their wedding, but for everyone you don't invite you are saving money on catering, gifts, invitations, travel, drinks, etc. Most of your budget will go towards catering since they charge per person, and it’s extremely hard to find a venue which lets you bring your own food. It might be a last option but possibly could be the best way to save a large chunk of money on your wedding.