Your wedding is probably one of the most stressful days of your entire life, so naturally you will feel pressure to arrange an extravagant party. But then again, there is no need to get into serious debt just to have a great wedding. You can still have a wonderful, meaningful wedding even with a small budget. Just follow these tips to save money on your wedding.
Consider having the wedding reception in another room of your home. This way you don’t have to pay for a large wedding reception hall, and you also don’t have to pay for your guests to travel to another city for the ceremony. If you got married a few years ago, it may be worth it to upgrade your reception venue to something nicer. It’s not necessary to spend lots of money on the location; just make some smaller changes that will enhance the atmosphere of the reception. The smaller elements will more easily add up to a big difference.
Have a small wedding party: If you’re having a small wedding party (and you should), then it’s much easier to plan a budget for the event. In addition, it’s much cheaper to book a DJ to play music instead of hiring a live band. Many venues offer great packages that include hiring a DJ as well as a photographer, but you can also save a lot of money by booking a DJ on your own and arranging other details yourself.
Look for a wedding party that offers discounted prices for its services. Hiring a DJ is one option, but remember that the DJ will be playing music for your wedding party. Therefore, consider either hiring a band or setting up a children’s tent in the backyard of the house where you have your reception. The tents can usually be decorated for a fraction of the hourly rate charged by a full-service DJ.
Make your own invitations: Sometimes it’s easy to find a venue that offers a discount for pre-made invites. However, you can still make your own inexpensive invitations that will save money. Buy cardstock at a craft store and use a template to print your special words. Consider giving each guest an invite with a special purpose (such as your wedding date) on the front and a map to your venue on the back. Also, consider giving each guest two drink tickets (the same price per drink) to make the cost effective wedding invitation. These simple ideas will help you save money on your wedding invitations.
There are other ways to cut costs when you get married, such as hiring a wedding planner. However, if you already have a venue booked, there are things like catering that you’ll need to take care of on your own. One option is to hire a caterer separately, like at a restaurant. In that case, you might want to look at some of the online catering companies to see what kind of prices they offer.