Weddings can be extremely expensive. Many people will spend tens of thousands of dollars and more on the wedding of their dreams. Oftentimes you can still have this dream wedding but spend a fraction of the cost by being creative. The following are some budget tips for wedding planning.
Buy your gown online or at a discount store
You can save a great deal of money by purchasing your wedding gown online or at a discount store. Oftentimes, you can even get the exact same dress. There are a great variety of websites that sell wedding gowns.
Some of them sell designer gowns while other sell more generic gowns. If you have your heart set on a particular one, you might be able to find one at a store but then go and buy it on the Internet. Also, there are some stores such as Group USA and even Target online, which sell gorgeous wedding dresses for extremely reasonable prices.
Consider renting a hall and doing the food separately
Many places such as hotels that have their own catering department charge a very expensive per person fee. Oftentimes you can save a lot of money by renting a hall and then getting the food from a restaurant or a much cheaper source.
You may pay close to or in excess of $100 per person for a country club or hotel. Instead you may be able to pay less than $1000 for just a hall rental and then you could purchase food from a restaurant that might charge half, a quarter or even less of the price per person. You can always hire people to help you serve, set up and clean up so no one might be able to tell the difference than if you did everything from one person.
Consider a DJ instead of a band
Bands cost far more than DJs do. You could be talking about spending hundreds as compared to thousands of dollars. Many times you will enjoy the affair no less if you have a band. They can still play elegant music and it can be as nice an affair that costs far less.
Price compare with different vendors.
Do not just take the first vendor that you meet. Many vendors such as florists, photographers and such will charge different amounts. Try different creative ways to save money with each one.
For instance, instead of huge floral displays, try mixing in inexpensive candles. This can look as nice but save you a lot of money. Also, maybe get a photographer for three hours instead of four. Again, you can save money here. Look at all the ways you might be able to save money.