When it comes to wedding planning, couples are often bombarded with tales and pictures of what makes a perfect day but you don’t need to break the bank to make your day memorable. We’ve put together a dozen ways you can save on your wedding on a budget and still make your guests go ‘wow’.
1. Start Planning Early
When you’re trying to have a wedding on a budget, it’s important to plan ahead. Starting your wedding planning from 9-12 months before your wedding would help you save some bucks. Use a wedding checklist and list everything you can think of. The earlier you get started, the less “last-minute stress” you’ll have, and the more time you’ll have to research good ideas and find sales and discounts.
2. Avoid “Hot Cake” Dates
If you or your family is not fixed on a “third Saturday in December” wedding, you may find that some dates are better priced than others. Venues and other vendors are also more likely to be cheaper and available if you choose an off season date.
3. Know Your Figures
You may think you want to achieve a wedding-on-a-budget but you don’t actually have a ‘figure’ for your wedding items on the top of your head or written in your planner or journal. Knowing your budget for each item would help you negotiate when interacting with vendors; and it’s not a bad idea to get a quote lower than your budget you could use the money towards other things like your honeymoon!
4. Use A Guest List, Be Strict With It And Collect RSVP’s
Yes, you might be tempted to send invites to everyone you know, old and new friends and maybe even acquaintances! But that isn’t always a great idea when you are trying to save money on your wedding. Create a minimal guest list and ask them to RSVP; so that you can know who is coming. Bear in mind that with each guest you add on your list, you’re adding extra costs while also making your wedding less intimate.
5. Pick a Location Or Destination That Has A Wedding Package
There are many hotels and resorts out there like Four Points by Sheraton in Lagos that have wedding packages including food, venue, cake, hotel rooms and so on. Ask if you can customize one of the basic packages by adding on a few elements to make it special.
6. Rent or Trade Your Wedding Dress
Unless you have a specific reason for owning a wedding dress, you really should consider renting one. However, if you want your unique design made or purchased, you could buy and sell back to your supplier or designer after the wedding.
7. Be a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Bride
If you are a creative, hands-on kind of bride, you could DIY as many of the details as you can. You could make table centre pieces, create handmade wedding invitations, arrange your bouquet, create sweetie tables; you could even bake cupcakes for a cupcake tower or make photo booth props,
8. Try Not To Mention The ‘W-Word’ At First When Hiring A Vendor.
Many vendors mark up their services just for weddings; majorly because of the added pressure and preparation it involves, or maybe just because they can. Try as much as you can to get an estimate for the services you need before revealing that it’s actually for your big day. You might be able to negotiate better when they suddenly try to hike up the price for the exact same service
9. Hire A Wedding-Day Coordinator
Hiring a coordinator or a planner should not be considered as an unnecessary additional cost. On the contrary, it may be a very necessary one, especially if you don’t have much time or if you are not so good with negotiation. You may be better off paying someone to take care of things like calling vendors, asking the questions you’d forget about, keeping you to a schedule, helping you stay on budget and so on.
10. Get Married On a Weekday
We all know most weddings take place on Saturdays. But choosing a less popular day like Monday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday—basically, any other day of the week—you’ll likely be able to score your ideal venue for a steal.
11. Go Minimal With Florals
Instead of spending lots of money on natural flowers (that have short lifespan) for decor and accessories, keep it simple but elegant. You could, alternatively go with artificial flowers instead. It’s likely that no one will notice.
12. Go Digital
Ditch paper invitations for online IV’s and save the dates. Create a wedding website that would let your guests get the wedding information and RSVP online. You could even collect your guests meal preferences online so you don’t waste money on excess food.