There seems to be some sort of unwritten rule that dream weddings have to be expensive, elaborate affairs. However, this really does not have to be the case. There are plenty of ways that you can stick to a budget while still making sure that your wedding is everything that you want it to be. The following tips will help you get your ideal wedding on a budget.
Know What Your Budget Is
The first step in planning a wedding is to know what your budget is. A good place to start it by making a list of everything that you will need to pay for. You then need to work out how much money you have available and how much you are prepared to pay for each aspect of the wedding. Make sure you have a complete list before you start allocating your budget. You may immediately think of the obvious things like the dress and the cake but there are other things to consider such as wedding videography services.
Choose A Season Other Than Summer
Summer is undoubtedly the most popular season to get married and as such it is a lot more expensive compared to other times of the year. This does not mean that you have get married when it is freezing cold or pouring with rain. Early spring is often a good choice as you can still get some nice weather. There are also some beautiful colours on the trees during Autumn which can make a good backdrop for your wedding photos.
Keep Your Options Open Regarding Venue
If a venue has just started offering wedding packages then you may find that their prices are cheaper than more established venues. There are many more places now that offer wedding packages than just hotels and this means that you can get something really unique. Some of these places may be the up and coming places to get married and you will be among the first to experience it.
Make Things Personal
Planning a wedding on a budget does not mean that you can not have a day that reflects your personality. In fact, the opposite is probably true. You can save a lot of money by making your own table decorations and invitations and you will have complete control over how these will look. It can also help build the anticipation towards the event as you and your partner make these things together.
Make Your Own Playlist
If you do not want to have the expense of a DJ then you can create your own playlist. All you need to do is hook your phone or tablet up to the PA system and the music will play just as loudly as it would if you had a DJ. If you are worried about not having anyone to announce things such as the first dance and when the buffet is open, then you may be surprised at how many people are prepared to get on the mic when they have had a drink.