Weddings can cost a lot of money, and many couples spend as much on them as they would spend on a car or deposit for a home. But it isn't a requirement to spend as much as possible on your ceremony and reception. You can try to have a cheaper wedding, even if you only make small savings here and there. If you have a dream wedding in mind, there might be several places where you're not willing to compromise. But even with these hurdles, you can still find other areas where you can make savings. Try these places to save, without compromising on the venue, the dress or the guest list.
Rent or Borrow Your Jewellery
The dress is the most important part of your outfit on the day. You might not be willing to choose a cheaper or to rent. However, there are other ways you can make savings on what you wear. Your wedding jewellery can also be expensive, but it doesn't need to be. Many brides save in this area by choosing something cheap, borrowing or even renting their items. Maybe you've been eyeing up a beautiful necklace that your friend owns. You need something borrowed, so it's the perfect excuse! If you want something expensive, renting may be a better idea than buying.
Cut the Cost of Wedding Stationery
Who knew it costs so much to print invitations and other wedding stationery? Creating these items, from invites to thank-you cards, can become expensive. But there's no need to spend a lot of money on them. The first thing you can do is design your own, which isn't difficult. You can choose a lovely font, some card and perhaps tie it up with a ribbon. If you're not confident in your design skills, you can also find some designs online. You can get free wedding invitations if you know where to look. You'll still have to pay for printing, whether you do it yourself or professionally. But you can save on the design.
Save on Food
Feeding your guests can cost a lot, especially when you have a large crowd in attendance. Luckily, there are ways that you can make savings on the food. If you want to spend almost nothing, you can ask guests to contribute a potluck dish. You could also avoid having a meal, and just host cocktails and desserts instead. However, many couples would much rather have a professionally catered event. If that's the case, consider eating earlier in the day. Brunch or lunch is cheaper than dinner, although that will mean having the ceremony earlier.
Spend Less on the Cake
Fancy cakes require a lot of work, which is why they can be so expensive. If you want to save on it, try adding the finishing touches yourself. Order a relatively plain cake and put on your own decorations. You can use whatever you like, whether it's ribbon, lace or sugar flowers. You'll pay less if the patissier doesn't have to spend so long on the cake.
There are always small ways you can save on your wedding. You don't have to give up your dream if you're willing to make compromises in other places.