8 Quick Ideas for a Budget Wedding
Planning a wedding isn’t easy at the best of times, and if you don’t have much money to spend, you could find that it gets even harder. Here are some quick tips for planning a budget wedding without sacrificing too much of the fun and excitement.
- Don’t invite too many people to your wedding. If you have a lot of guests, you have to hire somewhere bigger, pay for each person to eat afterwards and make sure there are more drinks behind the bar. If your list is too long, start getting rid of people you either don’t really know or who are unlikely to show up.
- Ask your guests to donate their skills or time to your wedding instead of buying physical gifts. For example, rather than hiring someone to do wedding photography in Tulum, ask your friend with a good camera to snap the pictures of you and your guests during the day. Any guests who play instruments can donate their talents to play the wedding march or other songs you like.
- Make your own wedding invitations to save some extra cash beforehand. Most crafters will charge more for their time than anything else, so even though their invitations might be stunningly beautiful, they’ll cut a large hole in your wedding budget. Buy some crafts supplies yourself and spend a few hours making your own invitations. You could even invite the bridesmaids round to help out!
- Flowers are just another thing that are not very budget-friendly when it comes to weddings. If you hire a large space, you’ll have to buy more flowers to decorate it. Skip the flowers for decoration, and just have the bride’s bouquet and some flowers for the bridesmaids too.
- Forget about gifts if you’re on a budget. Enjoy everybody giving you the gifts, but don’t feel under pressure to buy presents for your bridesmaids and best man. People are happy to help their friends out with a wedding, and if you’re feeling really bad about your lack of gifts, just explain to them how tight your budget is.
- Ask people at the church for help (if you’re getting married in a church). Many churches have people in the congregation who would be only too happy to show up early on the wedding day and help move things around or decorate the hall with some flowers and ribbons. It’s worth an ask to save yourself time, stress and money.
- Keep the honeymoon simple if you want to save money after the wedding. Remember that you can always plan a second honeymoon in a year or so when you have some extra cash. For now, book somewhere relatively close to home for no longer than a week.
- Get quotes without mentioning that it’s for a wedding. You’d be surprised how much more businesses charge you once they know it’s for a wedding. Bakers, florists, musicians and tailors – keep the word ‘wedding’ out of it until after you’ve got your quote.