“If you’re a bride-to-be you may be a bit dismayed at the skyrocketing costs of everything involved with wedding planning. From the cost of the reception hall itself to food, drinks, your dress, flowers, decorations, favors, and everything else, it’s no wonder that many brides are looking for ideas on low cost weddings. There are ways of containing the costs of weddings and of trimming out unnecessary items without compromising the beauty and quality of your ceremony and reception, and many brides are finding that low cost weddings are often the most enjoyable they’ve ever attended themselves. Let’s look at some ways that today’s bride is cutting the cost of her wedding and reception and see if some of these ideas won’t work for you as well.
It used to be that wedding almost always took place in a private home, whether this was a farm house or the home of the bride’s or groom’s parents. Today’s low cost weddings are often held at home; if the bride’s or groom’s parents don’t have a home large enough they may know a friend or relative that does. It of course takes some extra work and planning to actually arrange low cost weddings at a private home since it’s not set up for a large gathering the way a banquet hall may be but it can be done with some help. Of course you need to think about where the vows will be recited and where the guests will eat after the ceremony and you’ll need to make sure that the bathroom all work and are available and that there’s easy access to the home from the street, but these details are easily worked out in advance.
Decorating for low cost weddings done at home can actually be a lot of fun and much easier than decorating any other venue since you can do it well in advance of the actual ceremony day, as opposed to a reception hall that may need to be decorated for you or that can only be accessed the night before. You also have full access to the kitchen at all times so you can prepare whatever food you want and freeze it or store it well before your actual ceremony. Obviously low cost weddings will mean that you do things like this yourself but you can get help from friends and family and make it that much easier on yourself.
Be open to unusual venues for low cost weddings as well. A local zoo, aquarium, or aviary may have an area that’s perfect for an outdoor wedding and many such locations have restaurants or dining halls on their grounds that are perfect for your reception. Boats also make great places for low cost weddings and many that are available for rent will do the decorating and may even be able to provide a meal on board as well. These are not just low cost weddings but unique weddings that are perfect for today’s modern bride.”