Wed­dings on a Budget

If you are oper­at­ing on a tight bud­get you can for­get about the tra­di­tional wed­ding which involves the cer­e­mony at a well dec­o­rated church, a recep­tion at a posh loca­tion, lim­ou­sine ser­vice the best cater­ers and the hon­ey­moon at an over­seas loca­tion or on a cruise ship.

But a cou­ple can have a wed­ding that is just as roman­tic and unfor­get­table on a tight bud­get. Here are some tips to con­sider when plan­ning a low bud­get wedding:

DIY Invi­ta­tions
Invitations These can be done on the com­puter or by invi­ta­tion kits which can be pur­chased at cer­tain spe­cial­ized stores.
Avoid a Bloated Guest List
Try to keep the num­ber of guests on your list at a min­i­mum. This will mean extend­ing invi­ta­tions only to close fam­ily and friends thereby cre­at­ing an inti­mate atmos­phere.
Choose a low cost, but ele­gant location
GardenWeddings1 Out­door wed­dings have become very pop­u­lar over the past few years, mainly because of the low costs involved. Choose an area with a nice gar­den or a spa­cious lawn. A restau­rant with ade­quate park­ing or even a pic­turesque beach with san­i­tary facil­i­ties will be just fine. Another advan­tage of an out­door wed­ding is that there are end­less pho­to­graphic opportunities.
Ditch the Wed­ding Reg­istry.
If you already live together and are in pos­ses­sion of most of the house­hold pre­req­ui­sites which guests usu­ally choose as gifts from the reg­istry, you can be inno­v­a­tive and “reg­is­ter your hon­ey­moon,” as the trend­set­ters do. With this plan, guests are asked to donate the money they would, nor­mally, have spent buy­ing gifts, towards your hon­ey­moon expenses.
The Dress
Wedding-Dress-Rental1 Prob­a­bly, one of the most impor­tant things to a bride is hav­ing the per­fect wed­ding dress, which can be very expen­sive. To avoid this prob­lem, a bride can rent her dress from any of the agen­cies which oper­ate across the island.
The Wed­ding Pro­gram
Many cou­ples see the so-​called “wed­ding pro­gram” as a waste of time and money because they are not, prop­erly, uti­lized by the guests.
The Menu
wedding-catering-food1 Again, this is where good friends and fam­ily can chip in and help out. Get some of the bet­ter cooks in the fam­ily to donate some spe­cial dishes and treats to be served at the recep­tion. Also, if you are quite handy in the kitchen, you can even do the cook­ing your­self. The other cost effec­tive alter­na­tive is to serve fin­ger foods only.
Band or DJ? Neither!
You and your fiancé can save lots of money, on musi­cal enter­tain­ment, by uti­liz­ing your lap­top and stereo sys­tem at the recep­tion. You and your guests will still have loads of fun, on the dance floor with­out a DJ or a band. If you still pre­fer some­one to han­dle the music, you can pay a friend or rel­a­tive to be the DJ. No need to incur added expenses by hir­ing a professional.
Cen­ter­pieces and Flow­ers
affordable-wedding-centerpieces-calla-lily-wedding-flowers.original1 Visit a local store and pur­chase arti­fi­cial cen­ter­pieces and flow­ers at a very cheap price. Can­dles, can­dle hold­ers, vases and a few fresh flow­ers are also eas­ily obtain­able locally.

Tight finan­cial cir­cum­stances are not, nec­es­sar­ily, good rea­sons to sac­ri­fice a qual­ity wed­ding for a cheap one. In fact, in some cases, you may actu­ally get more qual­ity for a low price, depend­ing on the cost cut­ting strate­gies you choose.

© Photo 1 taken from Auc​tiva​.com
© Photo 2 taken from Pouted​.com
© Photo 3 taken from One​fab​day​.com
© Photo 4 taken from Bride​box​.com
© Photo 5 taken from Onewed​.com

© Arti­cle of caribbe​an​dreams​magazine​.com

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