With the way the economy has been suffering from the recession, engaged couples are having doubts as to the soundness of having a lavish wedding celebration. Where before couples hired wedding organizers to map out a fairy tale wedding, now they go for cheap and intimate do-it-yourself wedding celebrations.
There are so many ways to cut back on wedding costs. Plus, you can still have a classy and elegant wedding without spending thousands of dollars for the preparation. For one, you can forego hiring a wedding planner so you’ll be able to use the professional fee in other aspects of your preparation. To be able to have a cheap wedding, the perfect idea would be to go for an intimate affair. Here are some tips to help you achieve that intimate wedding celebration:
Following these ideas for a cheap wedding can be a very big help on your budget. At the end of the day, you’ll be surprised that you had a perfect celebration without sacrificing class or elegance.
- Cut down on the wedding guest list – one of the greatest hampers of an inexpensive wedding is inviting hundreds of guests to your celebration. It is important that you learn the process of elimination and include only people who have really witnessed the growth of your relationship. Make a list that only includes your closest family members and friends. There’s no point in inviting a long lost cousin or an acquaintance you’ve only known for a month.
- Pick a practical location – one of the best places to hold an intimate wedding celebration is in your backyard. Yes, gone are the days when you have to look for the best ballrooms in hotels or expensive function halls to host your party. As much as possible, try to hold the wedding ceremony and party in one place so you’ll on the rental fee and the decorations.
- Consider the food menu – instead of going for five-course meals or lavish buffets, you can opt to settle for simpler menus. To save you more, you can set up salad bars or dessert bars. If you’re going for a casual celebration after the ceremony, you can prepare the food menu yourself with the aid of family members and friends.
- Do your own wedding invitations, favors, and decorations – there are limitless ideas when it comes to DIY invitations and favors. All you need to do is think of the concept you want to implement and then do buy all the materials you need. Ask your partner and some friends to help you make the invitations, as well as the favors. For the wedding decorations, you can use flowers, balloons, and other party materials that are readily available in party specialty shops. Employ a dual purpose decoration. For example, a table centerpiece that’s also perfect for giveaways.