18 ways to Plan a Wedding on a Budget!
1. Avoid excessive guest lists.
Although it’s tempting to invite everyone you know, that isn’t always the best idea. With each extra person, you’re adding additional costs while also making your wedding less intimate.
To a degree, this was a trap we fell into with our own wedding – our guest list grew and grew because we felt obligated to invite them.
To save as much as you can, try inviting fewer people and making the event more intimate. Start by whittling your list down to those you socialise with on a regular bases. Then see if you’re happy with it, if not this is only when you should add family or friends that you don’t see as much to the list.
2. Ask for wedding help over wedding gifts.
Some people are lucky that several of their friends and family had musical talents, creative artist or gifted in the crafting sections, so this could be a great option to explore with your friends.
Do you have anyone that would be able to provide musical accompaniment for your ceremony, Craft for your table and venue decorations etc?
Asking family and friends to offer help or services that align with their talents in lieu of a gift is a great way to keep your wedding on a budget, of course if your friends and family do those things for a business, you can’t expect to get it for free but maybe a reduced rate maybe offered, if you don’t ask you will never know… We at Petrie’s Photography do offer mates rates for close friends and family only, maybe your friends and family business people would do as well.
3. Hold the ceremony at home, or outdoors.
Hiring out a building or function room for your ceremony and reception can be very costly. Instead, consider using your own home (or the home of a parent) for your ceremony, or perhaps a public park with a beautiful view.
In each case, you can also have your reception outdoors, creating a picturesque, memorable ceremony while eliminating the cost of renting a venue.
If you do the outdoor option, it’s best to have a back-up plan in case of poor weather; you don’t want to get married in a downpour that leaves all your friends and family drenched. That might mean renting a sturdy tent or marquee if rain is forecast, or a few industrial fans if it’s an extremely hot day — or simply stuffing everyone inside the house to wait out a storm. Read More