Ideas for a Frugal (Not Cheap) Wedding on a Budget

26 Feb 2016 blog

Want to throw the wedding of your dreams without sacrificing anything? Follow these genius budget tips.

 Avoid guest list bloat

Although, you might get tempted to throw everyone you know on your guest list, but trust me, that isnt a great idea. With each addition you make, your adding additional costs while also making wedding less intimate.

Unfortunately, this was a trap that we fell into; the list kept growing and growing to the point where we ended up inviting people we didn’t even know well, just because we felt obligated.

To save up as much as you can, invite only those who are close to you, and keep the ceremony more intimate. Start by whittling down the list by 20% and then see if you are happy with it.

Hold the ceremony at home or outdoors

Renting a hall or function hall for your ceremony can be very expensive. Instead, consider using your own home (or the home of a parent) for your ceremony, or perhaps a public park with a beautiful view.

In each case, you can have your reception outdoors, however, it is best to have a back-up plan in case of bad weather; you don’t want to get married in a downpour that leaves all your friends and family soaked. That might mean renting a sturdy tent if rain is forecast, or a few industrial fans if it’s an extremely hot day; or simply stuffing everyone inside the house to wait out a storm.

Go minimal with the flowers

Instead of spending boatloads of money on flowers that will die shortly after the reception, keep it simple but elegant. For instance, a single rose for each bridesmaid and a very small bouquet for the bride. If you know someone with a rose bush, you can actually make your own bouquet the day before the ceremony by cutting the roses yourself and trimming away the thorns.

Skip groomsmen and bridesmaid gifts

While it’s considered customary to give gifts to your groomsmen and bridesmaid in some circles, it doesn’t always mean it’s necessary. Instead of buying gifts that they may or may not enjoy consider writing them a special note to say “thanks” instead. If your friends know that you’re trying to have a frugal wedding, they will understand and appreciate the gesture.

Make your own invitations

With a quality home printer and some time in your hand, you can make classy invitations on your own.  You can be as creative as you want, add your personal touch to it and most importantly have fun while doing so. No pictures or anything, just a very simple classic font and simple text. We did the same for our wedding and it looked very stylish and didn’t cost much at all.

There’s always a possibility that something will go wrong at the last minute, a last detail of some sort won’t work out. But don’t worry about it. Just assume that something little is going to go wrong and avoid the urge to throw money at the problem.

Good Luck (and Congratulations!)




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