You decided to tie the knot – congrats!! Your husband-to-be and you are probably super excited and looking forward to the big day. You have probably been dreaming about this day since you were a little girl. Everything is planned – from the style of dress, to who will be in the wedding, to what the bridesmaids will wear, and even to what your hair, centerpieces, and cake will look like.
However, many couples do not understand how much a wedding can cost, or the importance of a budget. Some couples do not know how much to budget for each category, how to categorize a budget, or where to even start with a budget. If you fall in one of those categories, that’s totally okay – you are not alone! To better help our excited couples, Stephanie from Amorous Weddings and Events is sharing her experience and helpful tips for planning a beautiful wedding while still maintaining your budget. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series here!
8. You do not need party favors or save-the-dates. Cut these out and invest in your invitations instead.
9. Rent out cabins or a house. You can have your wedding at the venue, and your guests can stay in there too! This saves time from figuring out which hotels are in the area of the venue and blocking out rooms. Plus, you don’t have to worry about renting a limo or other transportation!
10. Hold your reception at a restaurant. There are several nice restaurants that will block out a room for you and your guests. The food will be on-site, and you won’t have to worry about linen, centerpieces, chairs, tables or menu cards.
11. Arches are not necessary for the ceremony. Be creative and create your own backdrop, or pick a nice park and have your ceremony there with a beautiful background. Choose something uniquely “you,” that you’ll be delighted to see in your wedding photos for years to come.
12. Have a weekday wedding. Monday’s are a perfect alternative and may be more available at your venue than a weekend wedding. Weekdays in general are also typically less expensive than weekends.
13. Get married during off season. You will save on venue and wedding professionals. Bonus: most wedding professionals are eager to work during off season!
We hope these tips help you in your wedding adventures. Happy planning!
See Stephanie’s full article on planning a wedding on a budget here.
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