Weddings are expensive; there is no doubt about it. You can try your utmost best to set a budget, but adhering to it is a whole other story. A majority of people end up spending all of their savings, entering their marriage in a large amount of debt. This is quite depressing, starting a new life with a partner, but not being able to enjoy it until everything has been paid off. There is no capacity to treat yourself and it can often become stressful. However there are some things that you can do to save yourself a lot of money, and although you may have read a million of these articles before, my tips are slightly more feasible. You’re always going to have those long lost relatives appearing out of the woodwork that you just have to invite and there is often no getting around that. But there are other aspects of the wedding that you can minimise expenditure on. So without further ado, here we go:
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1. Get Married On An Unusual Day
Saturdays are often the most popular days to hold a wedding, but by going for a different day, you can actually half the price that you pay. Another advantage of this is that most people will already be available, so the turnout at the wedding should look promising. Just think about it. Everyone is busy on Saturday’s but Sunday’s are always empty! This may even eliminate the need for sending out ‘Save the Date’ cards, reducing the overall cost already. Marrying on an unusual day can also mean that you can acquire discounts with photographers and florists, as they will be in less demand. This next point really depends on your preference, but you can even try out a winter wedding. While it may not seem like the most glamorous of times to wed, it allows you to experiment with a whole new style. You don’t even need to wear white. Just imagine having your wedding on Christmas day!
2. Utilise Your Friends’ Talents
We all have creative friends. Some of them are good at painting; others are great singers or bakers. Sit down and identify the talents of your close friends. These can definitely be utilised for the wedding, whether this is having a friend bake you a cake, or asking them to sort out the flowers. I cannot even express how much money this can save you, and it can really help to personalise the entire event. It will feel like a family affair and it will help to make the day that little bit more special. Your friends and family will be more than happy to help you out and will most likely feel honoured that you trust them enough on your big day.
3. Don’t Mention The Word Wedding
As soon as you enter a shop and let slip that you are purchasing something for a wedding, the price is going to instantly multiply. People are aware that you want your wedding to be perfect and that you’ll be willing to pay that little bit extra to acquire their service. They prey on your vulnerability, so avoid mentioning the ‘W’ word and you’ll be surprised at how much you save. This is especially great when you are trying to get quotes from people such as a DJ or catering company.
4. Host Your Own Firework Display
Some companies will charge thousands to host a wedding firework display and if you think about it, you are literally blowing your money away. Fireworks last for a few minutes and look spectacular regardless of which effects they produce. It is worth buying your own fireworks and hosting your own display. If you’re not sure where to start, you can simply purchase a variety pack which comes with a different assortment of fireworks. Once you have these, you are all set. You can even have music playing in the background as the fireworks are going off. Think about it, by that time of night, most of your guests will be drunk and all of the fireworks are going to look the same!
5. Get Married Abroad
This is ideal! It’s not really eloping, because you can still invite people, but it just means that you can have a smaller guest list. You’ll be paying for so much less, and the flights will be cheaper than your whole wedding budget. You can hold a party when you return home for anyone that was not invited, and this will still be cheaper than an entire wedding. This also helps to make the actual wedding a lot more intimate and it will be a great experience for your close friends and family. The location can be anywhere in the world, and it is worth keeping an eye out for any cheap deals prior to the planning. Again, it allows you to experiment with different styles. You can opt for a beach wedding and eliminate the need for spending thousands on a white wedding dress.
So there you have it, just a few quick tips that can save you a substantial amount of money. It is also worth having a look on Pinterest which is just filled to the brim with wedding inspiration. Make your own party favours, decorate the venue and take your wedding into your own hands. The planning doesn’t have to be stressful at all! It enables you to have the wedding just how you want, whilst leaving money for you and your partner once the wedding part is over. Good luck and happy marriage! – EventChecklist.net
This article was written by Qurratulain Zaheer, a lover and advocate of weddings. She recommends Jordans Fireworks for all of your wedding firework needs!