The times we live in demand frugality in almost every undertaking and this is also the case when it comes to wedding expenses. This will probably be a cause for gloom on many a prospective brides’ faces but there are ways to get married on a very tight budget that will be the source of many pleasant memories later down the road. Tying the knot on a very tight budget need not compromise on style – it won’t if you know what to do, where to go, and what your priorities are.
In short, you need to do some really meticulous planning, taking the time to infuse and incorporate lots of creativity into the effort - a joint one at that - and ensuring that you don’t exceed the limits of your budget.
In making your plans for a tightly-budgeted nuptials ceremony you will need to consider most of the following:
1Determine the Number of People you will Invite
To wed on a very tight budget can only be possible if the number of guests invited is kept to an absolute minimum. For this matter you should only invite the people who matter most in your life, immediate family, some extended family members and very close acquaintances. Your list of invitees can also be based on people you can call upon to get involved in ways as diverse as driving the wedding car, handling the photography, etc. This will certainly add more camaraderie to the occasion. It is also a very cost-effective way to avoid hiring a wedding planner.
2Make a Prudent Choice of Venue
An assessment of the conventional wedding costs indicates that hiring a venue is the biggest expense, up there with food and drinks. Getting married on a very tight budget, therefore, calls for smart thinking when choosing the perfect venue. Wherever applicable it may be worth considering a venue that can host both the ceremony and the reception thereafter.
Rather than having the venue in a fancy hotel and parting with thousands of dollars you can always inquire about using a local hall, public spaces, or indeed the quaint hotels and pubs found in the countryside. If you have the right contacts you can even host the reception in a local school hall where you won’t have to worry about seating arrangements, toilet arrangements, accessibility worries, etc.
3The Food and Drink Costs Must be Kept at a Manageable Low
In a bid to make an impression on your expected guests you may be tempted to select some really expensive culinary delights like lobster and steak. This is okay if you can manage it but impressive doesn’t really have to be expensive. How about making the most of your cooking skills and serving the guests with fried chicken that you had bought pre-cooked from the local chicken joint? How about baking your own cake and making sure to apply fondant icing to make it look really grand? Oth...