You’ve probably dreamed about your wedding day as something out of a fairytale – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Celine Dion had one of the most extravagant weddings of the century, but let’s face it, she could afford it. So what do ordinary folks do when they want to a lavish wedding, but don’t have the thousands and of dollars needed to create a fairy tale occasion? Don’t despair. There are ways to make your special day a day to remember.
Here are five great tips to make your wedding day a successful and special one, on a budget:
- The Venue
The venue is at the top of this list because it holds the most important elements for your wedding, and is potentially the most expensive. We suggest shopping around in good time for the best venue, because if you book it well ahead, you’re likely to get it at a lower cost. Some venue rates are cheaper on Fridays than on Saturdays. Also, ask the venue if they include catering and the decorations. This will help your budget immensely.
- The Planning Tools
If you are unsure what to do, there are great online tools you can check out, which give you proper planning spreadsheets in which you can add all the items you need to make sure you stay within budget. One good tool is Hitched, which allows you to both plan and book your wedding online.
- The Guest List
Sit down with your spouse-to-be and write down a list of the most important guests. Then review the list and start negotiating which of these people you really want/need at your wedding. Don’t feel compelled to invite the entire extended family, especially when one invitee may lead to another dozen or so. Invite those who you believe will truly be happy to see you get married.
- The Wedding Attire and Flowers
South Yarra or Prahran boutiques are where those without a budget go to buy their wedding dresses. This doesn’t have to be you. You can shop around for a great deal especially when getting your bridesmaids dresses as well. Second-hand stores are not to be looked down upon either – a lot of women, after their wedding day have no more use for their accessories, decorations and even their dresses. Look where you can and try to save as much as you can. For flowers, keep it simple. Speak to your local florist and try to come up with a bargain.
- The Music / Entertainment
A live band brings a wedding alive and keeps guests entertained the whole night long. It’s attractive, alluring and entertaining. However, bands cost money. The equipment they bring, the musicians they must pay – all of these things will come out of your budget. We suggest sticking to a DJ that is most suitable to your budget needs.
With these great tips, you can be sure of having a successful wedding without breaking the bank. In the end, you’ll save the money for better things such as a great honeymoon or a down payment on an apartment or house. What’s more, no one will even realise you planned your wedding on a strict budget.