Although it may seem hard to believe, weddings are becoming more expensive each year; an average wedding can now cost tens of thousands of dollars so so you surprised many couples find it financial challenging? There is no need for you to spend this amount on your wedding when other options exist; you can still have a great day even if you plan to have a cheap wedding. Here are a few suggestions to help you save some money on the more expensive areas; perhaps using the savings on something more worthwhile.
Hand Me Down Bridal Gown
A hand made wedding dress which is the norm these days comes at a cost; other options are available, including buying a previously owned dress. The huge cost of a new wedding dress can not always be justified these days; Many bridal shops carry a large number of previously owned dresses that can be rented or bought for considerably less than new.
The Wedding Reception
The best place to make significant cost savings is the reception; planning is crucial but with some clever re-thinking, this is where your cheap wedding will save the most. Do not invite everyone you know, in particular relatives you have not seen since you were a child; as far as the meal is concerned why not have a buffet instead of a full, waited on, three course meal.
If you intend holding the wedding reception in an expensive hotel then stop and look at the available options; consider holding it at a club sometimes or even book a restaurant where you can keep an open bar to a minimum by only serving beer, wine and soft drinks.
Images of the Wedding
The obvious choice is to shop around for the best rates, but look at hiring the photographer just for the service; ask family members and friends to take photos of the reception – most will be more than happy to do this. If you really want to be 'avant guard', why pay for a photographer at all; these days most people know someone who is a keen, capable amateur photographer, and there is nothing wrong with asking them to take photos through the whole day.
Home Made Original Stationary
When looking at other areas where money can be saved, do not overlook wedding stationery; invitations for example, do not have to be taken to a printer when they can be produced by anyone reasonably competent with a home computer. Many people are now competent enough to produce near professional quality work; problems and errors can be corrected quickly without regular visits to the printers.With sophisticated customization tools you'll be able to enter your own text and preview it before you print; so as not to make any costly mistakes, all from the benefit of your probably underused PC.
The Wedding Flowers
There are also savings to be made with the flower displays; there is no reason why the flowers can not be purchased from a wholesaler just as florists do. If possible, try and get a friend to make your wedding cake for you; cakes do not have to be the traditional fruit so try a sponge cake with a chocolate flavor filling for example.
Transportation for the Wedding Day
Most people, when asked, feel proud if their car can be used as wedding transport; it is surprising how impressive this can look when done properly.
It is possible to plan a cheap wedding without necessarily cutting back on the services; you can save money at the same time!