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7 Great Tips For Planning A Dream Wedding On A Small Budget

Are you in the process of planning your dream wedding? Are you in sticker shock at the cost? Many couples who decide to tie the knot are surprised at how quickly wedding expenses can add up. If you are frustrated that your dream wedding may be out of your reach due to financial restraints, or you just don’t want to spend your entire life savings all in one day, you will be happy to know that you can have your dream wedding even on a tight budget. Read on for some great wedding budget tips that will help make your dream wedding become a reality.

1) Set A Budget: The first step to planning a dream wedding with limited funds is to determine your budget. As you and your fiancé make your budget it is also a good idea to discuss what you would like your wedding to look like. What are your dreams and aspirations for the big day? Once you have your wedding budget worksheet complete and have a vision of what your wedding will look like it is time to dig into the details.

2) The Guest List: One of the easiest ways to trim the cost of your wedding is to keep the guest list small. For example, you don’t need to invite your third cousin who you have only met once in your lifetime. Small weddings are also more intimate and are easier to plan.

3) Food And Alcohol: Depending on what you decide to serve you guests in terms of food and alcohol, you could be looking at a small fortune. Be creative in order to keep costs down. Some ideas include skipping the hard alcohol and instead going with a nice variety of wine and beer. Consider a morning wedding with a brunch reception or have a late evening wedding with just a dessert and dance reception.

4) The Wedding Dress: Of course, what you wear on your special day is very personal, but in the same sense it does not need to break your pocketbook. Do you know someone who is a seamstress and can help you make your own dress? Can you wear your mom’s dress, grandmother’s dress or a friend’s dress? You may also consider renting a dress, buying one second hand or buying directly off the rack.

5) The Cake: Having the perfect cake is important to many brides and grooms to be, and of course you will want to make sure that yours is special. Do you have a friend who is a baker that could make the cake as a wedding gift to you? If not, consider a small specialty cake for the cake table and photographs, but have the same cake baked into less-expensive sheet cakes to serve to your guests.

6) Flowers: Flowers are a big part of weddings and help to set the mood and ambiance. While having a ton of costly flowers may look nice, when you need to keep costs down, instead think simple and elegant. Having the bridesmaids carry just a single stemmed rose is a great cost savings tip. Other saving ideas include buying from a floral warehouse and making our own arrangements.

7) Do It Yourself Centerpieces And Favors. A final great saving tip is to make your own centerpieces and favors. Call on your friends to help, brainstorm ideas, visit your local craft store to purchase what you need and then pick a day to assemble your creations.

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  • The wedding day is full of so many special moments you will want to remember years down the road. I’ve had many brides come up to me after the wedding and say “Wow, that went by fast.’
    I agree that you should not spend you life savings for you wedding day. But there are a few things that you want to keep in mind.

    A month after your wedding you have three thing form the wedding, other than being married to the love of you life.

    You have the rings, the wedding dress, and your photographs.
    Please remember to get the very best photographer you can afford. I’m not saying this just because my wife and I are wedding photographers. I’m telling you this because we didn’t put photography as high of a priority for our wedding as we should.

    If you want to get a deal from your wedding photographer, try setting your wedding day for Friday. And feel fee to ask them if their a open to lower the price if you book them during the week.

    Happy Planning,

  • Ken – thank you for this great advice. I agree that one of your priorities is to invest in a great photographer. These pictures are going to be what you refer back to, to relive your wedding day. Your wedding day goes by so fast ladies that you are going to want great, detailed photos to look back at and remember your special day. Thanks again Ken – perhaps you should guest post for us sometime on the art of wedding photography!

  • I agree the photographer should be a priority. But, what can you do if you have prepaid and the pictures are much less than what you expected?

  • Gary – you need to have a contract agreement in place. I would hope though that the bride and groom do a lot of research and call referrals. After all, you only get one chance to have your wedding day photographed. 🙂

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