Planning the wedding of your dreams doesn’t have to be stressful and certainly doesn’t have to break the bank! Use your smarts and delve into your creative side to help keep things simple and concentrate on the things that are important to you. Here are a few tips to help you keep a hold of your wedding plans… Limit the number of guests – a small wedding can be just as fun and often more memorable than a huge lavish affair – you will get to spend more quality time with your guests, it will be more intimate and relaxed for you and your guests.
The Dress – this may be the most important thing to the bride and the one thing that she will want to spend a bit more money on – however it doesn’t have to break the bank! Make sure that you spend some time looking though bridal magazines, borrow some if you can as they can be a little pricey, check out what dress types will suit your body shape and what styles will match the feel of your wedding. This will help you to narrow down your search and help to find those hidden bargains. You could make a few alterations to give it a modern twist and have a dress that is one of a kind.
Check out second hand online shopping sites and the charity shops too… remember that a wedding dress that is for sale may be a second dress that a bride decided against that has never been worn, or a loved dress that was cared for and worn once! If you would prefer something new and off the shelf then check out the department stores – they often have a line of wedding dresses that are stylish and within budget. Another option is to rent your dress, this will save any worries about where to keep it after the big event!
Invitations – With the changes in digital technology and the smart phone starting to slowly take over the world… you could definitely take advantage of that and save some cash. Why not take a look at one of the many design packages for your computer and have a stab at designing your own invites – you can then email it to those in the digital world and only have a few to print and send in the ‘snail’ mail.
You could also consider creating a wedding share site, these are easy to manage websites where you can upload all of the information about your wedding plans and keep everyone updated with dates on your shared calendar. These are also a great place to upload your wedding or honeymoon photos after the event to share with all your family and friends! If you want to send a physical invite you could go for something different, like creating it in the form of a magnet or stubby holder – something that will be kept and appreciated and not just thrown away after the invitation has been accepted.
Music – A great wedding is nothing without great music to create the perfect atmosphere. In this case you will want a DJ to incorporate the right music for your wedding. Hiring one may be pricey, especially if you’re paying one to travel with you. Instead think of having a guest, parent or friend take a short course to learn how to how master the turn tables in a weekend. They may not be a professional, but they will have gained enough knowledge to maintain a quality “flow” of music throughout the evening. One of our friends referred us a wedding DJ service that provided a small online learning session at a good price for our wedding day, my father in-law took the course and you would have guessed that it was his first time. This saved us hundred’s of dollars.
Flowers – Have you ever thought of becoming a florist? There are some great short courses out there that will help to prepare you with the basic information about arranging flowers – that way you could organize your own and save yourself stacks of cash!
Photography – With digital cameras coming on leaps and bounds you could ask a family member or maybe a couple of friends to take some photographs for you? Obviously this can put a little pressure on the individuals and may take them away from the experience of the day, so it might be an idea to display the link to a digital share site where all of your guests can upload their own photos – that way you will get to see so many different angles!!