Creating a memorable wedding on a budget is possible without making it appear cheap! Follow these excellent tips that will pave the way to a day to cherish.
For most of us, our wedding is one of the highlights of our life. We spend years daydreaming about the perfect day, with a Disney style princess dress, string quartet, rose petal carpets and a dashing man to say ‘I do’.
With some clever planning, second hand jewellery and some crafty cost cutting, you can create a memorable wedding day that will be the envy of your friends and be remembered for years to come.
Time of Year
There are 12 months in a year and any of them can be the perfect time to hold your wedding. If the date falls in the middle of summer, why not embrace the season and have a summer themed reception?
The same goes for winter, which would be our preference due to the romantic elements that can be incorporated into the day – such as log fires and mulled wine.
Venues For Ceremony and Reception
At least half of your budget should go to the venue, food and drink for your wedding guests. By being careful, you can change this rule to save money.
Hold the ceremony and reception at the same venue. This will save money and remove the need to travel between two different places. The guests will appreciate this just as much as the wedding party.
Consider having the wedding on a weeknight or mid afternoon on weekends. This will be cheaper than the popular time slots which are Friday and Saturday nights. Another benefit is that your guests will be more likely to have free time during off-peak periods.
A beautiful wedding dress can cost thousands, and in the grand scheme of things this is really poor money management. Why spend that much cash on a dress that you will only wear once? Sure, you may pass it on to your daughter in the future, but they will probably be having holographic weddings or something by then.
Perhaps your mother has kept her wedding dress to bestow upon you for your happy day? Wedding dresses are surprisingly timeless, and paying for a dry clean instead of buying a new dress will save you some serious moolah.
Buy shoes that you will wear again in the future. Not only will this be smarter, but you will remember your special day whenever you put them on.
Engagement Ring and Bridal Jewellery
This is an area that you really don’t want to be too cheap about. We all love our bling, and the engagement rings and wedding rings should be the pride of our collection. Don’t despair, there are ways to save money on second hand jewellery and still end up with some gorgeous pieces.
You don’t have to compromise when it comes to jewellery, because these days there are options available such as buying reconditioned items of used jewellery that can drastically reduce your costs. Get some friends together and make a day of it; find an antique auction in your local area or go to a second hand market or pawn store to find the perfect ring. There are even online retailers that specialise in second hand jewellery.
Buying reconditioned jewellery can be a rewarding experience. Done correctly it can be a fantastic way of grabbing a bargain. By using a bit of common sense buying used jewellery without being conned is easily possible. DeBretts Jewellery have an excellent buyers guide on this very subject.
If you decide not to buy from a jeweller and opt for ebay or a pawn shop then once you have bought your jewellery, take it to a professional to have the piece reconditioned. You will get them back looking brand new, and you will have saved a remarkable amount of money compared to buying the same item new.
Take a deep breath and prepare to get serious when deciding who gets an invite to your special day and who gets left out. For a start, remove any work colleagues and children from your list. Your coworkers will get over it, and kids can turn a wonderful adult-oriented day into a total disaster without incurring extra costs.
There are many affordable honeymoon options available to tech-savvy travellers. Use your google-fu to find a discount travel site in your area. Many of them offer package holidays at big discounts.
If your budget permits, consider a cruise holiday which usually includes all meals, entertainment and activities in the ticket price. This is a great way to stick to a budget and still enjoy a memorable trip with your dearly beloved.
Most guests state that the entertainment at the event is the most memorable aspect of a great wedding. You can get creative and deliver a great show while saving money at the same time.
Most music colleges and universities that have music courses will have eager students that will perform at your event at a very low cost. If they charge by the hour, manage your wedding schedule to get the best value for money. At the very least, you should use the band to play the bridal march and background music during the signing ceremony.
A simple way to create colour at your reception and also give guests a gift to take home, is to provide potted flowers instead of floral arrangements. Wrap coloured fabric around the pots to match the reception decor.
If you are careful and save money on engagement rings and other big ticket items for your wedding, you will be able to devote more of your budget to things that people will remember, such as the food and entertainment on offer.