When planning a wedding it is really easy to lose sight of your budget, today we bring you easy to implement wedding ideas on a budget.
One of the really big ticket items in weddings is the choice of venue for the day. Often you can keep the price down by choosing a different location for your ceremony, photos and reception. The reason for this is you aren’t constrained to find a single location which meets all of your needs. You may decide to hold the ceremony in a church, the photos around a park, in a historic garden or at the beach and end the day with the reception at a hotel or in a community hall.
If you hire a venue that is renowned as a wedding reception location, you can expect to pay a premium hire price. For wedding ideas on a budget you need to think “outside the box”. Think of places that have a large open space and the potential for food preparation but aren’t sold as wedding locations. Ideas include, but aren’t limited to, sporting clubs, community halls, church halls, council venues, art galleries, historic houses, and hotel and motel function rooms.
When it comes to hiring a reception venue look very carefully at the contract to ensure you are getting what you intend. If you are looking for wedding ideas on a budget, a really important one is to be aware of the inclusions in your contract. You will want to ensure you have considered hire fees, insurance, sound system/DJ, alcohol costs, security and cleaning if you want to keep the costs within reason. If you have family or friends who would be prepared to help out with one of more of these items don’t be afraid to see if it can be removed from the contract and attract a cost reduction.
When it comes to wedding ideas on a budget you want to hire a good photographer but not necessarily a “top of the range” photographer. There are plenty of excellent photographers who charge a reasonable fee for their services. One of the really important things to do before hiring a photographer is to view their portfolio and also to discuss how open they are to you suggesting photo ideas. I had an excellent photographer do my wedding photos, he wasn’t a wedding photographer and had very few original and creative ideas but if I suggested a photo he took it. In the months preceding our wedding I poured over wedding photos and decided the “look” I wanted. On the day we recreated these photos and the outcome was brilliant because he had the necessary skill in photography.
When looking for wedding ideas on a budget, make sure you consider the costs of not just the photography but also the photographs. Do you really want a great photographer who takes brilliant photos that you can’t afford to buy? I had two photo shoots done of my baby; one of them charged me a very minor cost to take the photos but them charged $500 for the two prints I bought. The other charged a little more for the photo shoot, however, they gave me all the proofs on a CD and I could print them myself or at a print shop. It is the little things that matter when looking for wedding ideas on a budget, because the little things add up to big things.
Bouquets and general floral arrangements can be an expensive wedding item. This does not have to be the case however. Here are some alternative for expensive flowers for those needing wedding ideas on a budget. Firstly, be flexible; if the flowers you have your heart set on are not in season you will have to pay a premium price to get hold of them. You would be much better off deciding on a color scheme and a size and shape for your bouquet and then discussing options with florists. Alternatively, if you have a real budgetary constraint why not involve some creative family members or friends in designing and obtaining flowers from local flower markets and putting the arrangements together.
One of my favorite wedding ideas on a budget is not to purchase bridesmaid dresses at a bridal store. There are so many great dress shops with much more reasonably priced dresses. Realistically your bridesmaids would prefer a dress they can wear again anyway and so buying dresses off the rack at a stylish dress shop is not only a great financial decision, it is also a thoughtful and fashionable decision your bridesmaids will love you for.
The final of my wedding ideas on a budget is wedding stationary. You can easily save money on your wedding stationary, if you are creative yourself or you have so e creative friends you will be able to use the papers found in card and scrapbook stores to make your own invites. If you are not creative there are plenty of printable files you can buy from online sellers. These designers have created the file and all you need is a color printer, or alternatively take the file to a copy shop and get them printed there.