Simple Ways To Have an Affordable Wedding

Planning a wedding is exciting, but it’s also very overwhelming. Most of us won’t be blessed with an unlimited budget, and there’s a real challenge in finding something we love, that reflects our style and doesn’t break the bank. Whether you’re helping a friend plan a wedding or planning your own, here are some simple ways to have an affordable wedding without compromising on style.

1. Go Paperless
Invitations can wind up costing quite a lot, especially if you choose expensive designs with gold foiling. At a minimum, you can expect to pay around $2 per invite for a basic invite. It may sound cheap, but when you multiply times 200, it quickly becomes expensive. Going paperless is a great way to put the environment first while saving a little money. If you feel you can’t go paperless, then consider printing fewer invites than your guest list number. This usually works because often you have a lot of couples coming, so they only need one invite between the two of them. Likewise, you can send an invite for a whole immediate family rather than send individual invites. This is a great way to get costs down and prevent waste.

2. Hire Not Buy
It can be tempting to buy special decorations, cake toppers, bird cages, candle holders and so on but these things can quickly get very expensive. There are numerous companies around the world that specialise in hiring out decorations for weddings. Using wedding decor rentals is an excellent way to save money while being able to have more bang for your buck. The truth is, after your wedding I’m sure you would use almost nothing from the wedding decoration, so it doesn’t make sense to pay full price  for it. There’s a bunch of different companies and numerous styles, so you can find wedding vintage rentals, something more modern, and everything else in between!

3.  Cut Your List
Guestlists are really the biggest cost of your wedding. The bigger your guest list, the bigger your wedding will be and the more expensive because you’ll have to multiply everything by that number. Skimming down your guest list is a wonderful way to save money and also to create a more intimate ceremony. There’s a bit of a trend right now to have smaller weddings than of the past, so don’t feel bad if you need to cut some people from your list. It’s not worth stressing yourself out financially to keep other people happy. Ask your family members who you could invite without upsetting them or being disrespectful to your relationship with them. Perhaps you can implement a no-partners policy if the couples have been dating less than a year. However, you do it, cutting the list is the fastest way to save money on your special day.

Do you have any tips for reducing the cost of a wedding? Let me know in the comments below.