How to keep your wedding under budget
It’s wedding season again and brides are being swept up in the romance of their fairy-tale celebrations. But nothing brings a fairy tale to a grinding halt faster than bills in one hand and a shrinking budget in the other.
Location, location, location
- Get married out of town. Locations can be cheaper out of the city.
- Try a beautiful backyard instead.
- Ask the photographer for just digital images instead of print.
- Create your own wedding album instead of paying extra to have the photographer do it.
- Consider using a friend with photography skills.
- Go for in-season flowers. They’re often cheaper than out-of-season ones that have to be shipped.
- Go fake
- Make the bouquets yourself
- Get married in a natural location such as a garden or someone’s backyard. The backdrop will serve as décor.
Food and drinks
- Forgo the cake and serve small portions of the couple’s favourite dessert.
- Ask your family to make desserts and serve at a dessert buffet.
- Have a waiter serve a red and a white wine to each table. Don’t leave unopened bottles of wine as you will have to pay for them.
- Bring in your own alcohol.
Instead of buying your invitations, try:
- Downloading templates and creating your own invites.
- Go traditional, but limit the amount of inserts (maps, accommodations) and put that information on a website.
- Have a postcard RSVP or RSVP online via a wedding website.
- Make them yourself.
- Start a wedding blog, email the URL and put all relevant information on the blog.
Dresses and accessories
- Go with simple silhouettes – the less fabric, the cheaper the dress.
- Shop online. Brides can save up to 50 per cent on dresses online vs. in the stores.
- Buy samples or pre-owned.
- Rent your dress.
- Consider accessories from sites such as etsy.com.
- If you want live music, try universities for classical music students. They will often play weddings for a good price.
- www.greenkarat.com lets your friends and family donate their old gold to make your rings.
(Photo by Jason Gulledge)