What advice do you want for a frugal wedding on a budget? You are getting married this fall and want to explore as many cheap wedding ideas as we can because you can’t afford such high budget. As you both are in your early twenties and don’t have a lot to spend, you may hoping to keep our wedding as short and cheap as possible. Abide by the qualities you to do to do such kind of event.
Make your own invitations.
With a quality home printer and with some time, you can make very classy creations on your own. My wife and I picked up a simple blank invitation kit on sale at Staples and made our own invitations to decorate our wedding. No pictures or anything expensive – just a very classic font and simple text. It looked stylish and didn’t cost us much at all and it’ll do the same to you too.
Buy dresses off the rack – and on sale.
If you want to save on bridesmaid outfits, try to avoid ordering custom dresses altogether. Instead, head to a few stores with dresses on sale and see if you can all get something “off the rack.”
This works at the best if your colors are chosen ahead of time and if the store you’re shopping at carries plenty of sizes. To minimize spats within your wedding party, you can also shop ahead of time and only have them try on outfits you already approve of.
Avoid guest list bloat.
Although you might be tempted to invite everyone you know on your guest list, that isn’t always a great idea. With each addition you make, you’re adding additional costs while also making your wedding less special.
To a degree, this was a huge trap we fell into with our own wedding – our guest list grew and grew to the point where we invited people that we didn’t know well simply because we felt compelled.
To save money as much as you can, try inviting fewer guests and making the event more intimate. Start by rasp your list down by 20%, then another 20%. Then see if you are happy with it or not.
Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts.
We were lucky that several of our friends and family had musical talent, cooking talent and photography talent so they were able to provide musical accompaniment, some wedding dishes and lovely images for our ceremony. We also have a close friend who’s an extremely efficient as an amateur photographer, and he was willing to photograph our ceremony as our wedding present. Then, after the ceremony, he provided us some high-quality digital images of everything.
Asking family and friends to offer help or services that align with their talents in lieu of a gift is a great way to keep your wedding on a small budget.
Hold the ceremony at home, or outdoors.
Renting a building or function hall for your ceremony and reception can be very much expensive. Instead, consider using your own house or apartment or flat for your ceremony, or perhaps a public park with a beautiful view.
In each case, you can also have your reception outdoors, creating a picturesque, memorable ceremony while reducing the cost of renting a venue.
Do the catering yourself, or hire a family-owned restaurant.
For our wedding, we handled our own food preparation and catering with a lot of help from my brother’s family. This drastically removed the food costs for the ceremony.
If this isn’t your forte, look around your community for a family-owned restaurant and ask the owners directly to cater your function. Family-owned restaurants are always the first place to check – they will almost always go the extra mile to make your wedding day special and are generally more understanding of your particular budget it needs.
Go minimal with the flowers.
Instead of spending a lot of money on flowers that will die shortly after the reception for you, You should keep it simple but elegant — for instance, a single rose for each bridesmaid and a very small bouquet for the bride. If you know someone with a rose bush, you can actually prepare your own bouquets the day before the ceremony by cutting the roses by yourself and trimming away the thorns.
Another cheap wedding idea – go with fake flowers instead of real flowers. It’s more likely that no one will even notice, and you could save a bundle by making the arrangements yourself well ahead of time.