Wedding receptions can be both expensive and overwhelming to plan, but they do not have to be. If you set a budget and commit to it, you've already started yourself on the right path to avoiding both debt and stress. There are nine key elements to planning and executing your budget-friendly nuptials.
1. DIY, DIY, DIY
When it comes to weddings, choosing to do it yourself can be a lifesaver while adding a special, personal touch to your day. There are different levels of DIY for you to choose from, so do whatever you're comfortable with and make sure you have a trial run before the big event. Many brides, for instance, choose to do their own flower arrangements for the reception tables.
2. Know your alternatives
Knowing what alternatives you have can also be a huge fund-saver. For instance, you can use silk flowers in your arrangements as opposed to live ones, this allows you to research and compare flowers ahead of time while also saving you time and stress when designing and putting the arrangements together.
3. Know the common hidden costs
Do not let hidden costs catch you by surprise. Research every aspect of what you're paying for and what you'll be receiving when it comes to your day. Things like taxes and gratuities can really add up the larger your party is, so make sure you know what's customary and what's expected at your venue.
4. Organize and prioritize
Organization and priority will save you both money and stress. What about your reception is most important and what can you do without? The key is knowing where you can cut costs before you make a decision. That way when the decision needs to be made, you're informed and harder to sway.
5. Stick to your guns, and your budget
Be an advocate for your budget, and know where each dollar is going. Although it may seem daunting, the more you keep track of each dollar spent, the better perspective you'll have. While you should not overspend, you also should not have to settle on your big day, so make sure you know where your middle ground is.
6. Remain flexible
Remaining flexible will open a lot of doors. If people feel you're willing to bend, they're more likely to be willing to bend in return.
7. Keep it simple
Simplicity is also key. This will keep your reception elegant, refreshing, and beautiful. Do not write off something simple when it can really make or break your style.
8. Research and compare
Doing your research is probably the largest budget saver. When you know the ins and outs of each option, you're better able to make informed comparisons. If you go into each big decision informed, you're more likely to get the best of what you want for the least dough.
9. Ask for help
When in doubt, ask for help, whether it's from professionals, family, or other brides, another opinion or new insight can be a huge help when planning wedding receptions.
Follow these tips, and your event is sure to go off without a hitch! Being prepared will not only allow your wedding to flow smoothly, but it will also decrease your stress level. Your big day will always be remembered fondly.