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Cost” Doesn’t Have to Mean “Cheap” -
Helpful Tips For the Bride on a budget
you were six, you were going to have a fairytale wedding.
Now you’ve actually met Prince Charming and are
preparing for that fantastic wedding. Only, it comes
at a fantastic price.
carefully allows you to have a dream wedding on a small
budget. To start with, list everything you need. Then
tackle each item on the list, starting with the big-ticket
honeymoon packages does your travel agent have? Is there
an early bird discount? Is there an off-season discount?
it comes to your guest list, you must be ruthless. How
many of those people do you really want to invite? Have
a separate “Ceremony Only” guest list. You
can ask nicely that guests not bring children. Have
a firm date for RSVP’s and stick to it.
you use someone’s home as the venue? Ask how you
would qualify for a discount if using a professional
venue. Often, decorating or cleaning the venue costs
afternoon or morning wedding is less expensive than an
evening one. You can serve a light tea instead of a full
meal. Have a barbeque. Order sponge cake instead of a
fruitcake. Have a creative streak? Rent a special cake
tin and bake and decorate your own cake. Provide a bottle
of champagne per table and a cash bar.
favors are cute but unnecessary. Do you know where half
the party favors you’ve received are? In need,
go without. A simple “Thank you” card for
each person is enough.
you’ve seen a design for a dress you like, take
a picture to a dressmaker and see if they can make it
up for you. Have the dress made plainly and do the beadwork
yourself. If you want to be completely non-traditional,
wear a beautiful evening outfit/suit instead.
the tables as simple as possible. Hire what you need.
Be creative - a glass bowl with floating candles and
a few floating flowers can replace a formal arrangement.
Use flowering pot plants in place of cut flowers. Decorate
not skimp on the photographs. You don’t need the
photographer to document minute by minute, but have at
least one set of professional photos done. To supplement
this, have some disposable cameras handy for informal
can have your dream wedding without having nightmares
about paying for it.