Planning a wedding is possibly one of the most expensive things you’ll ever do, and many couples avoid tying the knot simply because they can’t raise enough cash. However, you shouldn’t let a lack of funds stop you from getting married, since there are many creative ways to cut the costs of your big day. You can still have the wedding of your dreams without the huge price tag that you initially thought would be attached to it.
- Choose a budget photographer
The wedding photographer is one of the additions that takes a huge chunk of your budget, so in order to cut costs down, choose a cheaper photographer. This doesn’t mean that you’ll get poor quality images or that your favourite memories won’t be captured – it just might involve choosing somebody with slightly less experience. Finding budget wedding photography Melbourne can be achieved quite easily with the help of social media and the internet, and if you really can’t afford a photographer at all, just ask your friends to get more involved in snapping pictures of the day.
- Invite less people
This is one of the simplest ways to cut the costs of your wedding down. Most couples invite people they don’t really know very well simply because they don’t want to be rude. While it’s understandable that you want to share your special day with everybody, consider inviting most people to the ceremony but then not the reception. Invite close friends, family and very important people to the reception, and you’ll automatically save hundreds of dollars.
- Get married on a weekday
Getting married on a Saturday is one way to make sure it’s as costly as possible, so if you want to save some money easily, choose a different day to tie the knot. If you plan it far enough in advance, you can give everybody enough time to book days off work or school. Venues, churches and halls are much more expensive to hire at the weekend, since this is obviously when demand is very high.
- Buy second-hand clothes
The wedding dress business is one of the most popular in the world, and every woman’s dream of the perfect wedding dress helps keep this business alive. If you have the money and can afford it, then why not splash out on the dress of your dreams, but if you’re struggling to pay for your wedding, you might need to go without having that $2,000 dress. Instead, look online for second-hand wedding dresses which are in good condition. You can also check out thrift shops and other stores which might have some on sale. You might even get lucky and find the perfect preloved wedding dress.
The same applies to the groom’s outfit. You will probably have difficulty finding second-hand bridesmaids dresses if you want them to match, but there’s nothing to stop the groom from finding a quality second-hand suit.
- Get creative and crafty
From the invitations to the wedding favours, you can save a lot of money by getting stuck in and making your own. It’s much cheaper to buy some card, stickers and embellishments and make your own wedding invitations than it is to get a professional to make them for you. Invite the bridesmaids to your house and have a fun night in getting crafty.