Weddings are milestones in the lives of families. Many people think the more you spend, the classier the wedding is. That is not true. You don’t have to go into debt in order to have a beautiful wedding. With some creativity and planning, you can have a gorgeous wedding at a bargain price.
An excellent way to save money on your wedding is not paying for a photographer. That doesn’t mean you can’t have video and still photos, it just means you need to be creative! Ask the best photographer in your family to do the photography for you, and then drop some hints that it would be great to get a photo album as a wedding gift. It worked for me!
Do not avoid eating just so your wedding dress will fit. You may end up being dehydrated and maybe even light-headed. You want to stay on your feet during the ceremony and reception. Get a dress that has a corset-like back that is removable.
Make your wedding child-friendly. Chances are you’ve invited some guests who are going to bring their kids, and it will only benefit you to make some small accommodations that will keep them happy. Have the caterer to bring some kid-friendly cuisine and supply a few little parties favors to keep the children busy and well behaved on your special day.
If you would like to save money on your wedding, you may want to consider having the ceremony and reception in your own home or a family member’s home. In addition to saving money, your wedding will feel more personal this way. For summer weddings, you could have it in a large backyard.
Here’s a fun tip – practice your wedding kiss! You want to make it sincere and not sexy, not too short but not too long. NO TONGUE! Practice how you’ll hold your partner’s face, if you choose to, or where your hands will be otherwise. You only get one shot, so you’ll need LOTS of practice beforehand!
If you are attending a wedding, make sure to bring a gift or a card and arrive on time. Once the processional has started, you won’t be able to be seated until after it has finished, and unless you are a close personal friend, it may be awkward to have you standing in the foyer watching the bridal party as they prepare to walk down the aisle.
If your heart is set on a destination wedding, talk to a travel agent to see if you can get a deal for everyone who is attending at a group rate. They are likely to have planned many wedding trips before yours, and will know exactly how to get the best deals possible.
For an outdoor reception, make sure you keep your guests hydrated. Drinking alcohol in the heat is not a healthy thing. You can serve ice water, juices or fancy cocktails. Make sure you have a way to keep your drinks cold. Hire some server to walk around with cold drinks if you have a lot of guests.
A great way to save money on your wedding is by using other alternatives to flower arrangements. But you can get creative with ribbon, silk flowers and other decorative items to cut costs. Another way to save money is to purchase silk flowers rather than real flowers. Not only will this save you some money, but you will have them forever. You can also reuse the flowers at the reception, if you have someone that can move them.
It will take a bit of effort and research, but in the end, a wonderful wedding doe snot have to be expensive. Use all the ideas and tips above, and you are sure to have the kind of wedding day you want!