Whether you want to have a quiet, intimate ceremony, can’t be bothered waiting around to save up to get married, or would rather spend your money on taking your family on vacation, there are many reasons to choose to tie the knot on a budget.
But, budget weddings aren’t always easy – the wedding industry is full of high-priced products and services, so no matter how good you try to be with your spending at the beginning, there’s always a high risk that you’re going to overspend.
So, with that in mind, we’ve scoured around and found these top tips to help you put together the perfect budget wedding.
Tip #1. Save on the Engagement Ring
Before you even get started on your budget wedding, you’ll need to pick out an engagement ring. Unless you’re having a budget wedding so that you can afford a lavish diamond, chances are you won’t be willing to break the bank on the ring.
Thankfully, there are many great ways to save money on the traditional symbol of your engagement. From second-hand rings to online stores with great deals on diamond sets, there’s no need to pay over the odds.
Tip #2. Search Second-Hand Goods
The great thing about planning a wedding on a budget is that you’re always going to find something suitable that’s second-hand. And, since people only tend to use their wedding items once, you can often expect to find high-quality goods that you can barely tell have been used at all.
Whether it’s the bridesmaid’s dresses, suits for the bridegroom’s party, the table decorations or even the bride’s wedding dress, don’t rule out pre-loved items; they can save you a great deal!
Tip #3. Get Married Outdoors
Getting married outdoors has a lovely charm to it and many natural outdoor areas can be used for free when it comes to tying the knot, saving you a massive expense in terms of the venue. Whether you choose a forest, the beach, or even your own back garden, outdoor weddings make for perfect photo opportunities and you can set a very romantic scene with fairy lights whilst you party into the night with your new life partner.
Tip #4. Ask for Gifts that You Need
If your family and close friends have begun to ask what you would like for a wedding gift, then take advantage of this to ask for items that you need and save money on them. Or, perhaps you could ask your family to pool together to pay for your honeymoon instead of buying wedding gifts.
Tip #5. Electronic Invites
Paper wedding invitations are nice, but in 2017, it’s not only expensive to get them printed, it’s also a far cry from being eco-friendly. Plus, in a world where everybody invites each other to things on social media, is an electronic invitation to your wedding really a bad idea?
It doesn’t have to be in the form of a Facebook event; there are many methods of inviting family and friends to your wedding online. For example, you could upload a YouTube video invitation and send your guests the link.
Tip #6. DIY Wedding Favors
The cost of wedding favors can soon add up. So, why not get crafty and make them yourself? There’s a huge assortment of ideas to choose from when it comes to DIY wedding favors; you can use candy, ribbons, flowers, cupcakes, and more.
If you really want to get stuck in, you could even try making your own candles for the reception tables; this could seriously reduce your costs!
Tip #7. Something Borrowed
Yes, borrow whatever you can possibly get your hands on for your wedding! If you have a close friend or family member who recently tied the knot, why not ask them if they have any items left over that you could use? Or, perhaps you know somebody who could loan you a classic car? Maybe you have a friend who works in event planning and they can lend you accessories for your wedding dinner. Ask around; you’ll be surprised at the types of things people can have lying around which might come in use to you on your big day.
Tip #8. Bake Your Own Wedding Cake
If you can bake a yummy cake, then why not save money by baking your own wedding cake or cupcakes? This way, you can decide exactly how much you need, rather than paying a professional to bake a wedding cake that could end up mostly going to waste.
Or, if you still want to have a beautiful cake to celebrate your wedding, you could still bake it yourself; just pay to have it professionally iced afterward. This will be much cheaper since you’ll only be paying for the icing and the service, rather than the whole cake.
Tip #9. Rent a Suit
When it comes to buying a suit for the bridegroom, a tight budget can run the risk of you being forced to make a poor-quality choice. Instead of purchasing a suit, a rental option can work out much cheaper and be far more convenient; after all, you probably won’t be planning on wearing your wedding suit every day.
Alternatively, you could ditch the suit altogether – if you’re getting married on the beach, for example, it’s unlikely you’ll want to get fully suited up.
Tip #10. Opt for a Winter Wedding
Choosing to tie the knot during the colder months of the year isn’t very common, which is why it’s a favorite time of year for wedding bargain-hunters. Since venues aren’t getting very many bookings during the low season, they tend to offer much cheaper prices on hiring and package deals.
Winter weddings might not offer the glorious sunshine that you can get during the warmer months, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be just as romantic. In fact, a Christmas wedding can be even more stunning.
Tip #11. Marry on a Weekday
Since most people choose to get married on a weekend when they know most of their guests will be free to attend, it’s not uncommon to see venue hire prices drop when you move your nuptials to a weekday. Getting married on a Thursday or Friday might not be possible for everyone, but if you can get the time off work and give enough notice for your guests to do the same then it might just work out.
Tip #12. Have a Long Engagement
Many couples are in a rush to tie the knot as soon as possible after getting engaged. But, waiting a little while longer can certainly make it easier to save money on the total cost of your wedding.
When you have more time to work with, you can save more money and you’re also able to hunt around for better deals and bargains for your big day.
Tip #13. Use the Same Venue for the Ceremony and Reception
Booking two separate venues for your wedding is always likely to cost more than simply using the same venue all day.
If this is possible, then using the same venue for both your wedding ceremony and the reception will not only help to keep your wedding cost down, it’ll also be more convenient for your guests as it doesn’t require them to travel any further.
Tip #14. Have a Courthouse Wedding
For couples who are looking for a quiet and intimate ceremony with only close family and friends around them, a courthouse wedding could be ideal. There’s no confusion since you are guided through the process.
In addition, there’s no need to turn up like you’re going to any old courthouse appointment; many brides will still wear a wedding dress and there’s the option to invite a small number of guests. Look around for historic courthouses in or close to your location that could provide the perfect setting for your wedding.
Tip #15. Opt for Artificial Flowers
Real flowers are lovely to look at, but when it comes to picking flowers for your wedding you can always expect to pay a premium for the real deal. Instead, go for the artificial variety – not only do they look very realistic, they can also be sold on after your wedding to get your money back.
Tip #16. Accept Help
Chances are that once they heard you were planning to get married, your family and friends have been desperate to do something to help you out. Maybe your mom can’t wait to get started with baking your wedding cake, or perhaps you have a cousin who has offered to arrange your flowers. If people offer to help you with your wedding, then take them up on it! Their time and assistance are a lovely wedding gift that’s much more valuable than a toaster.
Planning a beautiful wedding on a tight budget isn’t impossible.
Disclosure: This blog received a form of compensation for this publication. All opinions are my own.