Weddings should be fun and not leave you traumatized because you’ve spent more than half of your savings on it. Remember that a wedding is only a one-day event and you have the rest of your life to plan and prepare for. You have to spend every centavo wisely and as much as possible never go beyond your budget. So here are some low budget wedding tips for you:
1. Determine your budget and stick to it – how much are you willing to pay for your wedding? Itemize the things that you need to spend for and allocate a budget. If you think that you only want to have a $1,000 wedding, then have a $1,000 wedding. Remember that the important thing is that, at the end of the day, you’ll be with the person you love. You don’t want to look back on your wedding and sourgrape because of your expenses.
2. Substitute gifts for wedding help – When my best friend got married a year ago, she asked us that instead of giving them gifts, our help will be much more appreciated. So, being her best friend, I paid for her wedding cake. But it wasn’t an expensive wedding cake either. I have a friend who bakes, I bought all the ingredients and we baked the cake together. It was very simple, delicious and it looks very beautiful.
She has a friend who’s a chef and that friend of her offered his expertise for her wedding. She bought all the ingredients and he cooked all the food for the wedding, with the help of our other friends too.
3. Hire an excellent makeup artist – I have to say that even though you’re cutting down costs on other areas of your wedding, you really have to invest in an excellent makeup artist. You cannot look and feel horrible on your wedding day. This will be documented and you don’t want to throw away your photo album just because you look awful in pictures.
4. Limit your guest list – you need not invite all your co-workers and friends. Instead, limit them to people who are special to you and your husband. Share this moment with people who matter and with people you trust.
5. Keep track of your wedding expenses – little do you know that you’re already spending too much on something that’s not important. So you really have to list down all the wedding expenses and prioritize what’s important to you and your partner for now and 20 years from now.