Here are three ways to make your wedding budget-friendly and have fun while doing it!
Feeling restricted and frustrated by your wedding budget? It’s slippery and depressing slope to slide down when you start making a mental list of all the things you can’t afford for your wedding. I know because I’ve been there.
So what’s the cure?
Well, to start with it helps to stop looking at those ultra lavish weddings. Instead, seek out down-to-earth wedding ideas. To help you get started, here are three ways to make your wedding budget-friendly and fun!
1. Skip Dinner
We all know that, at most restaurants, dinner meals are more expensive than a breakfast or lunch options. The same goes for wedding menus so, if you want to save money for that honeymoon, try a brunch, lunch or a high tea event instead.
Here are a three weddings that prove that you don’t need to serve dinner to have a gorgeous day…
- Melany and Colin’s Beautiful Brunch Wedding
- Bonita and Ryan’s Utterly Elegant Breakfast Wedding
- Tessa and Ashley’s Vintage Tea Party Wedding
2. Pick An Unusual Wedding Venue
Who doesn’t love a beautiful wedding on a fancy wine farm?
Um, your bank account that’s who!
Formal wedding venues often charge a small fortune and, while some are worth every cent, when the budget is tight you need to be creative about your venue choice.
Consider “uncommon” venues like warehouses, beautiful back gardens, hotels (they don’t have to be a five star) and guest homes. The bonus of using an unusual wedding venue is that it’s unlikely that your guests would have attended a wedding there so it instantly makes your celebration unique. Yay for uniqueness!
Here are few trend-setting weddings in unusual wedding venues…
- Chirstie and Marius’s Open Air Farm Wedding
- Gita and Rick’s Hay Shed Farm Wedding
- Tessa and Ashley’s Warehouse Wedding
- Terri & Leo’s Urban Hotel Wedding
3. DIY Your Wedding Décor
Whether you buy or hire, wedding décor is an expense you can reduce with a little creativity. Use items you already have at home and go green by using glass jars, wine bottles and even used note paper to make memorable wedding décor for your big day.
Not a DIY diva? No problem! Rope in family and friends to help. You could even incorporate wedding décor crafting into your bridal shower – you’re bound to have friends who love a good crafting session.
Here are a few cost-effective DIY wedding décor ideas for you…
- Make tea stained paper pinwheels from old note paper
- Turn glass jars into painted jar lanterns
- Use gold paint and glitter to transform old jars into glittery flower vases
I hope these ideas will inspire you stop viewing your wedding budget as an obstacle and start seeing it as a creative challenge. For more tips, have a look at the Budget Wedding Planning series and, when those dark days of wedding envy strike, remember…
“The budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations.” – Jacob Lew
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