Small budget weddings

posted on 12 September 2011 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice

Wedding on a shoestring budget

Some would say that a tight budget for a wedding is actually a god-send. You stick to the bare essentials, you do them well, and you don’t even have to face the myriad distractions that await a bride and groom with a little more dosh to throw around.

Despite a lot of advice to the contrary, you do not have to spend a lot of money to create memories. And if you flex your creative muscles just a little, there is a lot you can do. Here are a few tips to help you on your way.

Get married at home

If you don’t have a pretty garden, then someone you know  does. And you do not need the Bedouin tent to make it perfect, unless the weather dictates such. With the wedding venue done and dusted, you’ve saved up to 50% of your budget.

Get a friend to bake the cake

Wedding cakes do not have to be the main focus of the event, but they can end up costing a lot. You will be amazed whose brother or aunt is just dying to come out from beneath that bushel to bake your cake. One word of advice: don’t follow the trend that bakes one cake for people to look at, whilst serving pre-sliced cake from the kitchen – thoroughly tacky.

Rent or borrow as much as you can

Your mother’s wedding dress – great, your friend’s toasting glasses – wonderful, jewellery from your grandmother – fantastic… consult newspaper ads and the Internet for other bargains.

Make your own bouquet

Make your own wedding bouquet or get a friend or your mother to do so, and the same goes for wedding flowers at the venue.

Outsource the food

Does a local culinary or bakery school want to give your wedding a whirl as a practice run for their students? Many will prepare the food at cost. Or find a friend of a friend who has just finished studying to be a chef and give them a chance to prove themselves.

Cut the guest list down to a priority list

Keep it small, and intimate (For tips see Who to invite to your wedding)

Involve friends and family

Those who are closest to you will want to be involved in your day.

A word of advice

Don’t scrimp on the wedding photographer!

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