After the initial shock and joy of being engaged, you are slowly coming to the realization that you are indeed getting married. As you go through your wedding planning and look at the price ranges of various wedding suppliers, you probably cannot help but think, “How will we be able to afford this?”. Weddings do cost a lot of money but there are several ways you can save on expenses.
The Wedding Reception
Your wedding is a major event and undoubtedly, you want to share the special occasion with your loved ones. Unfortunately, one of the priciest things on your list is the wedding reception venue because you have to spend a lot of money to feed your guests. Keep in mind that the price doubles when you are having your wedding during peak season.
To reduce your wedding reception expenses, opt for a buffet-style feast for your wedding guests rather than a sit-down dinner with several courses. This way, your guests will be able to enjoy the food while socializing with one another in the buffet line. Another way to save one money is to have the reception in a less expensive place like a park or your home. Booking a hotel or restaurant requires a big budget that you might not have. You can your meals catered or you can ask your relatives to pitch in and provide the food.
The Wedding Dress
You might want to say that your dress is off limits in terms of budgeting but you have to face the reality that a designer wedding dress costs a lot of money. If you are not too finicky about it, you can shop for second-hand wedding dresses online. You can also try looking for your wedding dress in factory outlets where clothes are less pricier compared to the ones in the main shops. However, if you or a family member has excellent sewing skills, you can ask that relative to make your dress. You can also hire a dressmaker to sew your dress. You just have to provide the material and the design and you are good to go.
Fancy wedding invitations, especially those that are printed on thick parchment, are very expensive. Before you hire a printer, think about its worthiness. Is it really worth spending a lot of money on something that you can make yourself? Instead of getting a professional to print out your wedding invites, treat it as a do-it-yourself project and enlist the help of your wedding party to get the job done on time. This way, you can add a personal touch to your invitations that will make a lasting impression more than printed curlicues and fancy paper.
Photos and Videos
One of the things that you and your loved one will not want to scrimp on are photographers and videographers because you want to have quality pictures and videos of your special day. However, their services are quite expensive. To save money, hire their services only for a few hours instead of the whole day. You can also ask a friend or family member who dabbles in photography and videography to lend you a hand. Often, friends and family are more than happy to help you out on your special day.
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This article was written by Ericka who enjoys writing for Northern Star Music a Wedding Band in Scotland. They are one of the most sought-after Scottish wedding bands, playing all over the country.