Planning A Budget Wedding: Things To Consider
A wedding is a symbol of unification with your loved one under oath and in front of family and friends. It is a wonderful occasion that always has to live up to expectations. Unfortunately planning a wedding is not a stroll in the park nor is it child’s play.
It is an event that is coupled with hassles and throbs which normally leave many frustrated. Arguments erupt hours towards the wedding and more often than not some couples consider calling it off. It’s a costly affair and one likely to leave you in debt soon after, but it doesn’t have to be so. Planning a budget wedding means you can still have the best day of your life and enjoy your honeymoon and everything that comes with your life afterwards.
Here’s how to get started:
Determine the Host
A wedding host can be costly, but if you are planning a budget wedding you could always ask friends or relatives that you believe will do a great job. This will cut a couple of thousands from your pre-budget.
Set a Budget
Despite being on minimal budget you still need to determine how much you are prepared to spend on your wedding. Minimize expenses on your engagement party so you can have more for the wedding and afterwards. You can always do away with a wedding planner and get your closest friends and family to help you plan.
Determine the Number of Guests
Have an initial list of guests before determining where the wedding will be held. This will help you get the right amount of food and other catering options, as well as choose the right size venue.
Determine the Meals and Beverages to Be served
Choose a venue that provides catering. Consult with various caters who work with different venues and ask for the prices, quotes and menus.
Also consider the bartending department and whether you’ll need a full bar or not. You can simplify things by offering wine and beer, and perhaps Champaign for exquisite guests.
Consult With Various DJs
Find out if your DJ chargers per hour or per session. The ideal DJ for your budget wedding will have a fixed price for the number of hours he or she will play. Also find out if they will provide their own equipment and if the charge will include that, or you’ll be required to hire. A DJ with their own equipment will be cheaper.
Bridal Clothes and Makeup
These can be costly, but if you buy them together in advance when a sale is on you’ll save yourself a lot. Ask your makeup artists and hairdressers if they’ll give a discount for several people.
Gifts For Attendees
These you can also get while on sale before your wedding date. Gifts don’t have to be costly, but just a token of appreciation.
Flowers and Décor
You can simply ask your friends and family to help you with flowers and décor. Buy your flowers from a boutique that sells fresh flowers or from nearby nurseries. You’ll save more bucks. Alternatively you can ask a potential décor company if they include flowers and compare the costs.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jason Kassel, PhD is owner and operator of Brie on a Budget a website that provides useful information for brides looking to hold fabulous budget weddings. Full of articles, the site provides well-researched and up-to-date knowledge on all types of budget wedding ideas. Read this to learn more about budget weddings.