Who said a classy wedding must be expensive? A stunning and stylish wedding is all about ideas put together to create a harmonious environment. Save your hard-earned money to start life as a couple instead of paying debts incurred during the expensive-one day event.
Most expenditure goes to logistics, which you need to reduce to have your dream wedding.
Weddings need a lot of planning. Do you know you can plan your wedding without a planner and still have a stylish event?
You only need to explore various options and, if possible, engage other couples who have gone through the same for advice. Since they have walked down the aisle before, they have practical advice on what to avoid or do to save on cost.
The digital technology is vital to get various service providers and compare the service vs. cost. With this, you make crucial decisions towards achieving your life goal- a classy wedding.
Here are a few tips to achieve the frugal low-cost wedding
- Replace wedding gifts with service provision
Sixty percent of the wedding budget is on service provision. If there is a way you can get the best services at a low cost, the better for you. Take note, never compromise on quality due to cost.
Go for the best deals. Go for small brands in service provision, and they offer quality service at an affordable cost, unlike the big brands that tend to sell the “name” rather than the service.
Yes, people love to associate with the big brands, it’s all right, but, if you have the money to spend. Instead of friends bringing you gifts, why not engage them to change the gifts with wedding services. Substitute the cash to give them and just allow them to offer the service.
Reduce the cost by offering the tools and products they need to work with. Is that not the best alternative? No friend will disappoint you in the service provision, for they know it’s a marketing strategy for the next contract.
- Opt for an outdoor wedding venue: your home if possible
Why pay a dime for a venue when you have a landscaped home that can accommodate all the guests? In case you want somewhere away from home, they use the church or workplace grounds.
Approach a friend or a colleague to give you ideas on this where you have the best venue at no, if not, minimal cost. The home option comes with other cheap alternatives; everything will be done from there, reducing transport and logistics cost.
Engage a few friends to make the meals for you and gift them something “small” as a sign of appreciation. The fact that you use your home appliances–like gas grills-it’s an affordable option for catering service.
Why use gas grills?
- It’s cheap
- Automated functions save time
- They are portable
- Will serve hot food for your wedding guests
- Use colleges and universities for service provision
The caterers, photographers, and entertainers are a product of an institution. Why not tap that raw talent as a way of enhancing their skills at your wedding? The thought of allowing them to grace your occasion in itself boosts their confidence level.
They will go a notch higher just to give out the best. To them, it’s a way of throwing themselves in the market for future business and contracts.
- Window shop to get the best deals for wedding accessories
Have you noticed that the same wedding ring you bought at a higher price in a certain store costs lower in another store? You never wake up in the morning and do a wedding, once you have the proposal, focus your mind on the accessories you need.
It’s time to know all the wedding accessory spots for a rough idea on the best deals in town to save you an extra coin. Some stores have business offers to get rid of their stock or just a marketing strategy.
Take advantage and buy them at that time. You may come back and find the price is almost double the offered price. As long as it’s not food, which is perishable, buy it, it comes in handy to reduce your wedding budget.
The wedding accessories include wedding rings, jewelry, dress, shoes, and evening dresses for both of you and the bridal team.
- Wed during the off-peak seasons to get best deals
Service providers exaggerate their prices during the wedding peak seasons to cater for the dry months. It’s nearly impossible to get affordable service providers due to demand at that time.
Who says there is a specific time to hold your wedding? It’s a convenience of your guests, family, and friends. Give people a plot during the off-peak season when the weather is favorable and get the best deals for your wedding.
The pricing is always reduced by almost 30 percent due to low demand and high competition.
- Avoid last-minute rushes
The first rule in achieving your dream wedding is plan, plan, and plan. Unless it’s an organized wedding, you have all the time to plan for this day. Don’t postpone an activity, thinking that you still have some months ahead to do it.
It’s true; there are several months, but look at what you need to do within the period. Have a plan of activities and a time frame to achieve it for not only an easy time but also to get discounted prices now that it’s an early booking.
- Engage friends and family in the planning process
Let your wedding be stress-free. Just deal with personal issues concerning the wedding, the rest of the activities delegate to your trusted friends under your guidance. You will be amazed by the level of commitment they have to ensure the day is successful.
I deliberately left out the reduction of a guest list, for this is the fun on occasion. Look at other areas you can get cheap products and services to serve all of them.
In summary, a classy wedding is not determined by the amount of money you spend but rather the quality service you get at an affordable cost.