12 Tips on How to Plan a Flexible #Budget for your #Wedding

October 14, 2011

in Planning

Putting on the Wedding Ring

Wedding Ring - Tips to Plan a Budget Wedding

So your long-time partner has finally proposed and the two of you have picked the perfect date to exchange your vows. You’re looking forward to spending the rest of your life together. You’re packing your stuff to move into a place where you will raise your family. You’re saying goodbye to single-hood. But first, there’s the not-so-small matter of planning your wedding.

For most couples, the wedding ceremony is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it is an event for sharing their joy and happiness with the people who are closest to them. On the other hand, it is a nerve-wracking, headache-inducing expensive project.

You may want to have a wedding that will rival Prince William and Duchess Kate, but then you’ll need millions of dollars to be able to do that—a luxury that very few of us are able to afford. However, money is just one part of the equation for a happy and memorable wedding ceremony. There are many different ways for you to make this day unique and full of precious moments that you’ll treasure for the rest of your married life together.

Here are 12 tips to plan a gorgeous yet budget-friendly wedding for you and your loved one:

  1. Set your wedding budget and stick to it. You should be firm on how much you’re willing to spend for the big day. Be realistic about your expectations and don’t try to stretch your budget to its limit—you’ll find that you need to shell out more for last-minute expenses that you weren’t able to anticipate.

  1. Limit the number of guests. Should you invite five hundred or just fifty people? This day is your day, so people will understand if you don’t invite them. That doesn’t mean that you like them less.

  1. Have a theme or master wedding plan in mind. Planning your wedding begins with having a vision of how the wedding should be like, including the color motif, venue, food and music. All the little details will add up to your costs so you should have a good idea of what you want.

  1. Ask your friends and family to pitch in. You don’t have to hire a wedding coordinator if you have an army of friends and family members who can help you with the daunting task of putting together a lovely wedding. Try to enlist their help in the tasks that you think they can handle.

  1. Don’t be afraid to canvas for the best quality (yet still affordable) wedding services. Your caterer and your wedding photographer are just two of the most important people who’ll be at your wedding. Make sure that you choose one that offers great services at reasonable prices.

  1. Skip the non-essentials. If you cut two courses from your five-course meal, perhaps you can invite 15 more guests. Would you rather have a table filled with food than with the people you love best?

  1. Don’t always buy brand-new. You can re-use the old table place cardholders you used at your parents’ wedding. This will save you money as well as create an even more inspiring atmosphere for the wedding.

  1. Always try to bargain. If your florist or caterer or photographer is any good, he will be able to come up with something good within your budget. Don’t be afraid to haggle. Remember that you have a budget to stick to.

  1. Tap into your creativity. You don’t need a fancy invitation letter made by professionals if you can do as good a job on your own. Put your Photoshop skills to use by crafting your invitation personally.

  1. Listen to what the wedding experts say. Your wedding coordinator has tons of great ideas for a reception venue that is within the bounds of your budget. Let him do his job and take his suggestions into consideration when you make your final decision.

  1. Take advantage of tie-in packages. There are some wedding venues that offer all-in packages including caterer, photographer and live band. This arrangement will save you lots of money as well as planning time, but be sure that everything is consistent with your budget and theme.

  1. Be hands-on as much as possible. Hiring people to do even the smallest tasks will certainly jack up the final cost of your wedding. You and your spouse-to-be should be personally involved every step of the way. This will allow you to stay on top of the progress of the preparations and make the necessary adjustments along the way.

When not out building relationships with other bloggers, Krisca Te can be found reading blogs that tackle how to save money. She is also a personal finance freak who is currently working with CCF, a personal finance blog that writes about financial literacy.

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susan December 10, 2011 at 6:56 am

Number 3 is really important – have a “wedding plan” Wedding planning is the first thing brides-to-be should do.

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Heidi December 10, 2011 at 9:44 pm

definitely :) I have a whole category devoted to organizing yourself in the beginning. It really helps!

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Jill Tooley February 21, 2012 at 10:29 am

Awesome tips here, Krisca! My husband and I were firm believers in your #9 — Tap into your creativity. Since we didn’t have a huge budget for the wedding and we paid for everything ourselves, we had to be savvy with how much we spent on each vendor and necessity. For example, we had a graphic designer friend make the invitations (a section of which we also printed on our wedding favors) and my best friend’s mom is a seamstress, so she volunteered to do the bridal party’s alterations so we didn’t have to go through David’s Bridal. Also, a friend of ours runs a photography studio and was able to give us a HUGE discount for using her services for the day.

Family and friends are excellent resources for this type of thing. Ask around and see if you have any hidden connections! Even if it only saves you $50 or $100, that all adds up! Trust me. :)
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Jaemi March 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

I really think number one is the most important. Gotta stick to your budget no matter what!

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My Love Wedding Ring June 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Top tips – especially omitting the non-essentials, it sounds obvious, but sometimes the obvious needs said….

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Ryan Clark April 26, 2013 at 1:28 am

Hi Krisca,

I’m happy to see Number 1 is starting the a budget! That’s essential to keeping your wedding expenses in check! Another good tip is to shop for wedding supplies during season sales like black friday or boxing day (here in Canada).

Ryan

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