“Your wedding is going to cost you some money; there’s probably no way of getting around that. But how much money it will be and what things you spend that money on are going to be up to you. There are some things to remember when planning a low cost wedding so that you can really save money but still have a beautiful ceremony and of course so that you can do this with the least amount of hassle and headache possible. Let’s take a look at some of those pointers for a low cost wedding and see if any will work for you.
One way to plan a low cost wedding is to move your ceremony to a day and time that will mean a more affordable choice for a venue. Usually banquet halls are cheaper for occasions on Fridays and Sundays than for Saturday events, and for events that happen in the off season such as April or October rather than May, June or September. You can also have a later ceremony so that your guests are served only punch and desserts or cocktails and appetizers rather than a full dinner. Planning a low cost wedding might mean fewer options for your meal or more affordable choices. Have pasta and a salad rather than beef and potatoes, or serve deli trays with fruit salad. Limit your alcohol choices to beer and a few wine choices or eliminate alcohol altogether – this has become a popular choice for brides as they don’t want guests to be drinking too much on their big day anyway. You can also make some dishes yourself for that low cost wedding; prepare some desserts or pasta salads beforehand and store them in the refrigerator. This helps to round out the menu and you can pay a caterer for the main dishes only.
Having a low cost wedding might mean doing other things yourself as well. You may need to make up your own wedding favors. Usually you can purchase some boxes or bags and fill these with chocolate or mixed nuts a few days before your wedding and this is much more affordable than purchasing wedding favors on your own. You can also make your own centerpieces by buying inexpensive glass bowls from the dollar or discount store and filling them with water and floating candles or making up paper flowers as well. A friend that sews can help out with your low cost wedding by making the ring bearer pillow, tablecloths for the reception or slipcovers for inexpensive chairs as well.
While a low cost wedding might mean a bit more work usually most brides find this type of work to be very enjoyable and meaningful; they’re having a real part in their wedding rather than just paying someone else to do everything for them. In this way a low cost wedding can actually be more personal and unique than a pricier one.”