You can have the wedding of your dreams without gutting the guest list, serving hot dogs, or choosing a Tuesday afternoon in January. The trick is knowing where to cut corners.
You will need
- Smart choices
- An open mind
Step 1 Don't be a slave to labels Consider regular gowns sold at department stores; a gown doesn’t have to be labeled “bridal” to make it so. Check out the bargains on eBay and in upscale consignment shops, too. You can even rent a gown.
Step 2 Rethink the reception Consider having your reception at a restaurant; it can be less expensive than holding it in a catering hall. Or, have a cocktail party with tapas and other small bites rather than a sit-down dinner.
If you’re having an evening reception, consider ending it at 10 p.m. instead of midnight. Most people begin to leave after the cake is served anyway.
Step 3 Bring your own booze If you’re holding your wedding in a hall, negotiate with the caterer about bringing your own liquor. Just make sure you can return unopened bottles for a refund.
Step 4 Have your cake Order a square cake; it yields more portions than a round one. Or have a small, beautiful cake for show and serve guests from sheet cakes kept in the kitchen. You can even nix the cake altogether and ask friends to pitch in to create a cupcake tree.
Step 5 Be frugal with the flowers Use flowers that are in season. Have the bridal party carry ribbon-tied bouquets – they’re less expensive than arrangements held together with wire. Skip the flower centerpieces in favor of bowls with floating tea candles from the dollar store.
If your reception venue has multiple event rooms, ask another couple about buying flowers in bulk with you.
Step 6 Don't stop the music Create a playlist and hook up your iPod to the sound system instead of hiring a band or a DJ. Or call local conservatories or colleges to find music students who might play for minimal compensation.
Step 7 Do everyone a favor Instead of providing wedding favors, make a donation to charity on your guests’ behalf.
Step 8 All you need is love Surround yourself with the people you love. That’s the most important wedding detail of all.
Did You Know:
Between 2007 and 2009, the average cost of an American wedding decreased by 30 percent.