When you hear those words, low budget wedding, they may turn you off as the words can be deceiving. I’ve had conversations that begin with low budget , cheap or frugal and automatically people think negatively. They are not bad words and you need to get out of that mind set right away. We are not referring to a low class or trashy wedding. We are just going to plan your wedding without spending a lot of money.
Times are tough for everyone and it is a scary time to be planning a wedding, but it can be done. My sister-in-law recently got married and she was on an extremely tight budget. Fortunately we were able to come up with some really great and inexpensive ways to cut corners. Their wedding was fabulous, everyone had an amazing time and no one cared that it wasn’t the traditional wedding in a reception hall. There are many areas you can save in. Make your own invitations, use a DJ instead of a band, buy less expensive favors, the list goes on and on. You get to pick and choose where you want to spend your money and what areas you are willing to cut back in.
The first thing you need to do is figure out how much money you have to work with and set your budget. You will have to decide what things are the most important to you and set a budget for each item. Would you rather have more guests, or spend more money per person on a fancier dinner? Do you want a formal wedding reception hall, or can you save by having an outdoor wedding at a relatives house? Do you need to spend $ 1,000’s on a dress, or can you shop smarter? These are questions that only you and your fiance can answer and the answers will be different for each couple.
When working with a low budget you can still have an amazing wedding. You just have to work a little harder and search a little longer to get the best deals. I have spent a lot of time finding ways to save money, and there are many ways to do it. I mentioned making your own invitations earlier and that is a great, easy way to start. All you need is a computer and printer. You can pick up beautiful invitation paper at a variety of stores. They cost a fraction of what invitations will cost you if you order them. Print them out and add your own touches. Ribbon, glitter, double layer of vellum, it is entirely up to you.
Remember that hard economic times can work in your favor. Many businesses are slow and willing to discount their regular prices and deals to get get your business. Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate and don’t let anyone bully you.
Hard economic times can also hurt you so be careful! While you want to get the best deal you can, if something seems to good to be true it just might be. Do not put too much money down as many places go out of business when times are tough. If you pay too much ahead of time and they walk away with your money you will have very little recourse and most likely will lose that money. Protect yourself and don’t do anything you have a bad feeling about. Instincts are always right.
Shopping for your wedding dress is another great way to see how easy it can be to save. I know how hard it can be to plan your wedding, especially when you are on a budget. I’ve been there myself. It is very stressful when you find out how expensive items really are. But don’t despair, there are so many money saving options available. I have found lots of them for you, visit WeddingPlannerOnline for more ideas and tips on ways to save and still have a fabulous wedding.