Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, but the cost of the big day has grown steadily over the years, with the average cost now being around 20,000 dollars.
However, it is possible to make your special day one you will never forget, without starting your new life off in debt. Follow these five tips to plan a beautiful wedding on a budget. You can use the money you save to put towards the new home you will share together and make even more great memories in.
Keep your invitations to a minimal
The best way to limit your cost is by limiting the number of people you invite. Keep your wedding small and intimate. Not only will it be cheaper, but it will also create a more relaxing environment for you and your guests.
You won’t be overwhelmed with having to make small talk with countless acquaintances. Instead, you can focus on those that are closest to you. You can save even more money by making those invitations yourself. Choose a design that best suits your needs with these wedding planning printable.
Have your reception at home or outdoors
One of the most expensive aspects of a wedding is the venue. Rental halls can be very pricey and often have to be booked far in advance.
You can reduce your costs drastically by finding cheap or free venues for your ceremony and reception. Many churches do not charge members to have their ceremony at the church.
You may also consider having your wedding or reception at home or at a picturesque outdoor location, such as a park or beach.
You can save even more by decorating the location yourself. One of the hottest trends for weddings is providing photo booth props for your guests to use to commemorate the occasion by posting photos to social media. You can use these wedding planning printables to make your own props and decor.
Have a family member cater
Forget choosing between chicken or beef. How about mom’s home cooking? You can save a lot of money by having family members do all of the cooking.
Plus, you are guaranteed a meal you know you will enjoy. Having both families work together is also a fun way for the in-laws to bond before the wedding.
Skip the DJ
With modern technology, there is really no need for a DJ anymore. You can create your own wedding playlist on your iPod to ensure that all of your favorite dance songs will be part of the festivities.
You can place a few of your home audio speakers strategically around the dance floor to really get the party going. Check out this extensive list of the top 400 best wedding songs for inspiration.
Keep your wedding photos affordable
Utilize your friends’ talents. There is probably at least one person you know that is a photographer that would take affordable photos of the wedding party.
You can also contact local universities to see if they have a photography student they could recommend to take professional photos for a reasonable price in exchange for your permission to use the photos as part of their portfolio.
You can pass out disposable cameras to each guest as well. That way, you will get lots of different candid photos of the event, and they won’t all be of the same people.