Keen to tie the knot in 2018, but not quite ready to cripple yourself financially to do so? We’ve got excellent news – you don’t have to! There are plenty of ways to cut down on the astronomical price tag of a conventional wedding if you are willing to get a little creative. Here are five simple ways to trim the fat on your wedding budget without sacrificing on fun or flair:
Create Your Own Space
When you choose to have your wedding at home (or at your parents’), the rental fees that would have gone to a venue are freed up to spend as you wish. To ensure that you have a comfortable space to entertain your guests, we recommend pitching a tent. Stretch tent hire has come a long way, and there are plenty of really eye-catching options on the market that will immediately update the look and feel of your event. Most wedding tent rental companies offer a pitch-and-strike service, which means you won’t even have to bother with the pick-up and set-up on your big day.
Ditch Gifts in Lieu of Help
Do you have a cousin who can do your hair and makeup? Or a friend who plays the violin? Perhaps a talented aunt who knows her way around a floral arrangement? Ask them to share their skills in lieu of a gift on your wedding day and cut down on these add-on costs. Support Small Local Businesses
Instead of booking your town or city’s big name caterer to take care of your wedding eats, give a small, local business the opportunity to do so. Their rates are bound to be more reasonable, and you’ll enjoy exceptional, personalised service. Additionally, you’ll be giving exposure to a family-owned business – win-win!
Do Your Own Invitations
Custom-designed invitations don’t need to cost the earth. Online resources like Canva offer a variety of gorgeous templates that you can customise yourself according to what you need. Just play around until you find a look you like. While you’re at it, go fully digital. A printed invite adds a touch of class, we’ll concede, but why have everything printed if you want your guests to RSVP via email in the end? Skip the needless expense and save a tree!
Don’t Call it a Wedding
When you’re getting quotes from vendors, don’t call your event a wedding. Many florists, bakeries, photographers, and musicians mark up their services (sometimes by a lot!) just for weddings. Instead of getting a quote for a wedding cake, tell the baker you need a tasteful cake for a party of 100 guests (it could very well be a retirement do or corporate party); or tell the photographer you need someone to cover an outdoor event for about 6 hours (it could be a school’s sport event). You’ll definitely need to tell them it’s a wedding before you sign the contract, but this way you can get a ballpark figure of their services and query why it’s inflated if they do bump it up when they learn that it’s a wedding.
There you have it! Five simple ways to save with a home wedding. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more tips, trends, advice and other fun stuff to read.