Planning a wedding is both an exciting adventure and a frustrating experience. Too often, Bride and Grooms feel as if they have to spend a ton of money to have a proper wedding. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Any wedding, no matter how big or small or how much you spent on it, is proper as long as you are marrying the person you love. That doesn’t mean you should skip the ceremony and go straight to the justice of the peace if you have your hearts set on a wedding. With the following tips, you can have the wedding of your dreams without going over a modest budget.
Tackle the Food Yourself
The food can be a large chunk of your wedding budget but you can cut this cost by choosing to forgo the expensive catering and instead tackle the food yourself. Of course you should seek the help of family and friends, who can contribute by making a dish and bringing it to the reception.
Trim the Guest List
It’s no secret that the more people you invite the more costly the event becomes. Because of this, you should take care to only invite the essential people in your life. While you may feel guilty about not inviting that second cousin that you have only met a few times in your life, will it really matter in the long run? If you are having trouble dwindling the list down, try reducing the amount by 20-percent first and then another 20-percent.
Consider Destination Wedding Packages
Destination weddings may sound expensive but, if your wedding is a small affair with only a few close family and friends, it can actually be more cost effective. For example, wedding packages in Atlantic City often include extended stays for your honeymoon so you are essentially buying the wedding and the honeymoon together at a discount.
While invitations are generally considered an important part of the wedding, they can help set the tone for your day, that doesn’t mean you have to spend a small fortune on what is essentially just words on paper. Instead, go the do-it-yourself route. There are several free wedding invitation templates available online for free if you simply search for them. Or you can completely design your own and print them right from your home printer.