My husband and I got married on Monday November 12, 2012. Why on a Monday? It was cheaper and it didn’t really matter what day of the week we had it on. Since we were paying for the wedding and honeymoon ourselves, we did everything we could to cut back on costs. In total we spent $5000 on our wedding, not including the rings, dress or honeymoon. If you or someone you know is planning a wedding and you need to stay within a budget, I have some advice.
The biggest thing to remember: this is your day, it’s going to be beautiful and unique no matter what so just go with what feels right to you and your partner.
8 Tips For A Wedding On A Budget
1. Find a local beautiful place that works with your personalities.
My husband and I love Key West so when we found this gorgeous outdoor venue complete with a tikki bar and beach side fire pit, we knew we hit the jackpot. Since it was a small local venue, it was much cheaper than some grand hall or a golf course.
2. Have the wedding on a weekday if possible.
I found that most venues and vendors offered cheaper rates on the weekdays.
3. Cut back on your guest list.
I know this one is difficult but trust me, it can be and needs to be done. When we first got engaged, I told EVERYONE they were invited and soon had a guest list of over 150. Once we started looking at venues and food, we realized we had to cut back. I narrowed it down to just family and close friends. We ended up with under 50. The venue was cheaper as well as the total cost of food and drinks.
4. Make the decor yourselves and enlist help.
Every chance I got, I was with my friends and family creating the centerpieces or stuffing the stockings (Christmas theme) It was much cheaper than buying predone decorations. We also decorated the arch we stood under during the ceremony with dollar tree ribbon and glittered letters.
5. Forgo the photographer.
Nowadays everyone has amazing cameras on their phones, just ask everyone to take as many photos as they can and send them all to you after the wedding. Pinterest has tons of ideas for cute picture requests you can leave on the tables. This way the guests can be involved and help capture candid photos. We also ask a couple people with video recorders to bring them and we set them up in the isle to capture the whole ceremony.
6. Find friends or family that have special skills or equipment.
I am lucky that my dad worked for an amusement park and had professional sound equipment. He brought it all to the reception, hooked it up and we plugged our phone in to play our wedding playlist we made. I also have a friend who is a cake decorator. She made our little cake to cut and we got a big sheet cake from publix for the guests.
We hired a bartending service that would just come serve the alcohol that we brought. Find out what they supply then you bring the rest. We took a survey from our guests to find out what the majority would be drinking and stocked up on that. We also created our own specialty cocktail that we had the bartender serve.
8. Utilize your time in a way that suits you.
The package we got included 4 hours of space usage. Since neither of us are very religious, we had a very quick, maybe 15 minute ceremony then spent the rest of the time dancing and celebrating with friends.