1. Venue: Choose a location with very little to no cost such as an outdoor wedding at a park or your home.
2. Guest list: Keep the list for the reception at a manageable number. You could limit it to just family and a few close friends.
3. The Date: Set the date for an off-peak time when reception halls and other venues may be the most expensive.
4. Full bar: Ditch the full bar and just offer select beer and wine. If you want to create one special drink for your special day, you could serve that as well.
5. Food: Skip the fancy large meals. Keep the meal simple or even consider appetizers.
6. Dress: The wedding dress can be a big expense so it’s one place you can trim your budget by shopping early and taking time to find the best dress at the best price. Consider wearing your mother’s dress or passing up the traditional dress and getting a gown off-the-rack.
7. Invitations: You can save money by having wedding and reception RSVPs on the same card. There are many options for the type of paper, lettering, ink color, etc. where a couple can save money. You may get a better deal if you order the thank you cards at the same time.
8. Flowers: Choose flowers that are in season and limit the types you order. A few flowers with more greenery still makes for pretty bouquets and centerpieces. They do not have to be large, either.
9. Tables: At the reception, consider larger tables so you need fewer centerpieces and table cloths.
10. Entertainment: A band can be costly unless you have friends in a band who are willing to play for free as their wedding gift. A DJ may be less expensive. Another option is to put a friend in charge of the music and have them play your favorite songs.
In addition to the tips above, the bride may be able to get a package deal to have her hair and makeup done. At Cre8 Salon and Spa, we offer wedding packages to help bridges look their best while staying in their budget.