1. Plan and Organise!
The more effort and time you put into organizing your wedding, the more money you can save. It’s important that you set up a clear and detailed wedding plan so that you will know exactly what you need to buy before you start spending money. Use folders to organise your wedding, set up a separate folder for each segment and label them wedding ceremony, reception, decorations etc. Setting up a system like this, will help you to focus on planning one segment of your wedding at a time. Being well organised will reduce the chances of you overspending on things you don’t need.
2. Get The Timing Right
Timing can play an important role when you’re looking at saving money on your wedding. The time of year, the day of the week and the time of day you choose to hold your wedding can have a huge impact on your budget. The most expensive times to have a wedding are during the warmer months and around public holidays. Saturday is traditionally the most expensive day to hold a wedding and the afternoon to evening is the most expensive time of day. Planning a wedding outside these times will save you a lot of money off the total cost of your wedding.
3. Choose A Reception Venue Wisely
The wedding reception usually is the single biggest cost of any wedding. Take you time in searching for the best options for the type of reception you would like. Keep an open mind when it comes to the type of locations that are suitable according to the size of your budget. Make sure you carefully look at all reception packages and work out which ones offer the best value for your money. Make sure you find out up front, if there are any hidden costs that may affect your budget. Things like handling charges for the wedding cake; penalty costs if the reception goes overtime; damages charges if things are broken etc.
4. Negotiate Prices With Suppliers
It’s very important that you work on getting the best value for your money, especially when your wedding planning on a small budget. Don’t be afraid to negotiate a discount on all areas of your wedding, whether it be the reception venue, the bridal outfits, the wedding cake, the flowers etc.
If family or friends offer to help with your wedding, don’t be shy to take up their offer. People love getting involved in planning a wedding and are only too glad to help out. You could save a lot of money if they offer to help with aspects of the wedding, such as take the photos or video, make the wedding cake, sew the wedding outfits, do the flowers etc.
5. Set Your Priorities
Every wedding is different and yours will be too depending on how much time and effort you’re willing to invest in planning your wedding. It’s important to point out that regardless of the cost or the number of guests you invite, it’s very possible that you will be able to organise a wedding with everything you ever dreamed of and still stay in your budget. It all depends on how you set your priorities. You need to decide on what aspects of your wedding are the most important and exclude those things that aren’t. For example, you might decide that the ceremony is the most important aspect of your wedding. You could then put more time and money on creating a truly beautiful ceremony and then cut back on the reception budget by having something casual.