Though a wedding is a joyous celebration for the new couple and their parents or family members and friends, it is a highly expensive event that can even become a financial burden for both the families. Hence, it is essential that the wedding expenses are properly checked and any extravagance need to be cut off, so that the total wedding ceremony remains a memorable but a remarkably personal affair for the families and friends of the bride and groom, rather than just a superfluous lavish incident.
It is wisest to adopt a definite strategy to plan a wedding and decide the budget for each section of the wedding preparation.
Decide on the guest list – It is always advisable to invite only the closest relatives and friends of the couple, so that the list of invitees can be made as brief as possible, to avoid all the extra expenditures of attending more guests in the wedding party.
Fix the venue of wedding ceremony and reception – It is cost-saving if the wedding ceremony and the party can be held at the same venue; else these two events should be arranged at sites that are in close proximity, to avoid large transport costs. The wedding can be held in a private garden or beach, instead of a 5-Star Hotel or a costly lodge, which will save much money. The decoration can be done with seasonal flowers, rather than costly orchids or lights.
Select the service providers to be hired for every task – Both the bride and the groom should together decide the wedding planner, dress designer, florist and DJ for their wedding; according to the quality, availability and the price of each of these service providers. They can also opt for any cheaper alternative, as per their budget, so that they can save some money and spend it for other important purposes. The DJ players are lesser expensive than bands, but playing MP3 players with loud speakers may be the cheapest option.
Select for cheaper, but tasty cuisine – The arrangement of the foods at the reception party is of vital importance and demand a large share of the wedding budget. Hence, it is better to find out ways to lessen this expenditure. The full-course meal may be replaced by a high tea party or a simple dessert meal, to avoid the expenses of various costly cuisines. For the drinks, the expensive champagne can be replaced by beer or a tasty cocktail; while snacks like barbecue chicken or Mac n cheese can be served to please the appetite of the guests, which will cut short the expense of this field. Even the wedding cake can be chosen from a simpler form, rather than two or three-tier cakes, which are costlier than the usual ones.
Fix the wedding date on working days – Normally, people prefer to keep the wedding dates on weekends, as the guests find it easier to attend the ceremony on Saturdays and Sundays, for being off from their regular works of weekdays. Hence, the wedding venues charge more fees on these days, making the wedding costlier. So it is better to organize the wedding in the evening of any working day, so that the guests can rejoice at this special occasion of the new couple, while maintaining the affordable budget of the wedding.
Go for traditional or inexpensive wedding dresses – A gorgeous wedding dress usually cost a good amount of fortune, increasing the total wedding budget. But the bride may opt to wear the wedding gown, previously used by her mother or grandmother, after redesigning it a bit, if needed, which will be much cheaper. The wedding dresses can also be bought from stores, where certain discounts are offered on these types of items.