Organizing your big day can cause a lot of stress and worry, everything must go smoothly, and everyone needs to have a good time, right? You want your day to be the best they’ll go to all year, which means you’ve got to be strategic. This is especially true for all those on a budget, just because you have a smaller money pot towards your wedding day doesn’t mean to say you can’t have the most fantastic day of your life. Price and budget of your wedding shouldn’t define how much your guests enjoy themselves or the quality of your dress!
We’ve put together a list of top tips to help you in the organization of your big day; we’re hoping it’s going to make you feel a lot more content and happier with the day. You’re bound to feel anxious about the lead up to the day, but you need to enjoy yourself too. Using these tips, you can be super organized and stay in the budget also!
1. Streamline your Guest List
People often find their wedding stressful because of the number of people they’re inviting. If you and your partner both have big families, then it’s not going to work asking everyone including your friends. Simply invite the more intimate friends and keep your family as sparse as possible. A smaller guest list is sure to reduce your budget, especially on venue and food. We’d recommend thinking about the guest list before choosing a venue because you want a rough estimate of how many people will be coming before you choose somewhere. Don’t feel this process of not inviting your family because you don’t like them or don’t want them there, perhaps you can invite them to the after party in the evening and keep the daytime for very close family and friends.
2. Choose a Suitable Place for the Ceremony
There is a common misconception that when you’re on a budget, you can’t get a larger space to fit all your guests in. However, it’s all about research. Choose a suitable place for the ceremony on your budget by researching online. You can filter out the super expensive places, so they’re not even an option then visit the top 3 or 4 places you love. If you’re organized, you could even visit more and weigh up your options! Just ensure the place will fit everyone on your guest list as you don’t want people squeezing in.
3. Shop Online
Rather than going into retail and wedding stores to buy dresses, shop online. You can buy cheap, but high-quality wedding and bridesmaid dresses from popular and renowned websites. Having the luxury of shopping online is a privilege since not many people can do this, take advantage of the great and affordable offers they have for both your bridal dress and other dresses for guests too.
4. Choose an affordable cake
Your wedding cake is an extremely important aspect of your wedding and having it perfectly decorated really does matter. However, finding a cake that is pictured in your fantasy wedding dream but is also affordable isn’t always possible. It’s for this reason that people purchase personalised wedding cupcakes instead. Websites such as Candy’s Cupcakes provide individuals with beautifully designed cupcakes for any occasion, even your wedding. Rather than forking out a large amount for your wedding cake, choose a special delivery service of cupcakes and offer these to your guests instead. If anything, it gives a quirky and unique element to your wedding that people love. Plus, it’s ideal if you’re on a budget too.
5. Book a Simple Honeymoon
Look for deals online or book with a travel agent, but whatever you choose, ensure it’s simple and affordable. There are some beautiful places around Europe, and they’re always cheap, trying somewhere there may save your budget. If you want something a little more upmarket, then you’re going to be paying a huge chunk out of your budget which could go on a more expensive venue or food buffet. Ask for the daily deals or just do some searching yourself, there is plenty to choose from, and some of them are all inclusive too. Rather than looking at expensive getaway such as St Lucia and The Maldives, you can look towards hot but affordable locations a little closer to home. There are some beautiful cities and beach locations throughout Europe and America. California is an ideal honeymoon location since there is a lot to do but also you can relax when you need to as well.
6. Opt for a Buffet
This is personal preference, but buffets are a lot cheaper and more affordable compared to a sit-down meal at your venue. Although you pay per head for both, it’s more likely that you’re going to please people with an array of food on a buffet over them having to choose a dish out of 2 options for a sit-down meal. Buffets can have a range of different items on, from hot curry meals to stew and sausages, you don’t have to worry about choosing something that everyone will like either since they are sure to find something they love in the buffet.
7. Keep Decorations to a Minimum
While we all love splashing the cash and having beautiful decorations at our wedding, we must keep this to a minimum if you want to keep within budget. Decorations will sometimes be provided by the wedding venue, but you may find they’re not if it’s a budget venue. Therefore, you need to either find affordable yet still good decorations that no one will ever know are cheaper than any designer counterparts. Affordable decorations can be bought from the likes of homeware stores and party stores. Even the cheaper places that sell things for less will have some form of decorations available, you just have to decide if you like them or not. If you need help with decoration inspiration, Pinterest is a great way to browse through party rooms and decorations.