A low-budget wedding may sound like an oxymoron to many of you. But it's a reality. The word frugal can turn your wedding plans upside down. With a little restructuring of your perspective your plans, however, can be set right. Getting on with the wedding preparations well in advance is the first step at making a wedding ceremony economically successful. Before you begin, you need to chalk out the wedding budget and resolve not to shell out a penny more than the decided funds. So, here are the things that you will have to seriously consider to make your wedding frugal yet tasteful.
As the saying goes, charity begins at home, I say a frugal weddings happen at home. It saves the cost of putting up the guests at hotels, it saves the cost of booking a wedding hall, and pretty much eliminates the wily cost of logistics involved. Hosting your daughter's wedding at home is a great way of making the affair homely. Rent a gazebo and decorate it with the seasonal flowers (cost lesser than the exotic counterparts). Set up chairs as per the head count, and hire caterers to look after the rest. Easy?! As for wedding music, burn a CD of wedding songs and let the party begin!!
Time of the Day
Having a wedding in the day time is less expensive than a wedding done at dusk. The timing plays a crucial role in deciding the formality of the event, which clearly reflects on the cost of your food, attire, and the invitations. Daytime weddings, such as beach weddings are casual in nature and demand less formal etiquette. After the day wedding, a cocktail party at around 5 - 6 pm is way cheaper than a reception at night. This way you also save the cost of booking a reception hall and the cost of an elaborate dinner.
Pretentiously expensive wedding decorations are useless after the wedding day and are a massive sunk cost. Wedding centerpieces are sure way of saving a few bucks. Look out for inexpensive wedding centerpieces or better still try making some simple centerpieces at home. Throwing away these centerpieces won't hurt too much either. Decorate the chairs with tulle, which looks elegant and is a cheaper alternative to satin. Instead of spending a bombshell on the flowers, just order the seasonal blossoms.
If you really want an economical wedding, then send out invitations to only those people, who you'd want to make a part of your wedding ceremony. Often times, the familial pressures and social pressures makes us invite those who we don't care for and vice versa. It would be wise to not invite such people and save the trouble of paying for their food cost and gifts. This way, you can use the saved expenses on getting the classy wedding invitations on your choice!
A frugal wedding, is not cheap. In fact, it's the best way out. After all, what is the point of spending your life's savings on a party that will not even be remembered by those who came, ate and left! Save the penny saved and use it for a better cause. You just need to reassess your plans and make the right choices for the fairy tale wedding to fall through.