If your significant other has got down and one knee and popped that all-important question to you… first of all, congratulations! You’re in for a real treat. You’ve more than likely heard all about how stressful and infuriating wedding planning is. And there’s certainly some truth to that. But it’s easy to divest ourselves of stress when we stop focusing on money and logistics and remain focused on the bigger picture. You’re about to declare your love for one another in front of God and all the people you love the most in the whole world. And that’s really special! It’s going to be the most romantic and wonderful day of your life, and you should allow yourself to enjoy the anticipation of it. Besides, money and logistics can be hacked. There are lots of ways in which you can keep up with (and surpass) the “Joneses” without spending what they’re spending.
In this economically challenging climate, lots of couples find that there’s a significant gulf between the wedding of their dreams and the wedding that’s within their means. And with so much pressure to out-perform one another in terms of style, glamour, class and opulence couples can land themselves in significant debt planning their dream wedding. And that’s not a recipe for the start of a happy marriage. The good news, however, is that there are lots of ways in which you can keep your wedding classy on a low budget. Let’s take a look at some now…
Start out by making a great first impression
In the age of social sharing where everyone wants to make the ultimate first impression, your invites are a huge part of creating a sense of buzz and hype around your wedding. As such, it’s a good idea to invest generously here. Wow your guests with stunning vellum wedding invites early on and you’ll start to make the perfect first impression and begin to create the associations with class and sophistication that you want for your wedding. You may worry that being so bold with your invites may establish expectations from your guests that you won’t be able to keep up with. But fear not! As we’ll shortly see, there are lots of ways in which we can shave off the cost of the wedding without skimping on class.
If you’re worried about sending out a lot of invitations and incurring excess costs, you can make savings by sending your stunning velour invites to guests who are joining you for the ceremony, and send something that’s still pretty but a little more modest for those who will only be joining you for the reception.
Go vintage or country style
The aesthetic theme that you choose for your wedding can lend you tremendous latitude. If you’re dubious about forking out for matching cutlery, crockery, glassware and ornaments, you can cut the costs significantly by opting for a vintage or country style wedding. This will allow you to explain away any mismatching of crockery, make it easy to substitute fancy glassware for mason jars and allow you to source your gear affordably from car boot sales, charity shops and flea markets while still creating a unified aesthetic. What’s more, you’d be astonished at how effectively gold or spray paint can tie otherwise discordant design elements together to make a unified whole.
Double up with your flowers
Prior to your big day you may not have imagined it was physically possible to spend so much on flowers. But when you’re paying for one set of flowers to decorate your wedding venue and another set to decorate your reception venue, you can find yourself forking out a great deal on blooms.
Try doubling up your flowers. There are a number of different ways in which you can do this. Ask your florist if they can design something that will work well both for the aisle and for table displays.
Of course, if you happen to know of any nature spots close to your home where beautiful wild flowers grow, feel free to pop out and source some of these to supplement or bolster your displays. Your florist will usually be able to work these into your ensemble at no extra charge.
Something borrowed… and something else borrowed
Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of assuming that you need to buy everything new. In fact, you don’t always need to buy everything at all. There’s an excellent chance that you have friends or family members who have been married fairly recently and may have bits and pieces left over from their own big day that they’ll be happy for you to reuse or re-appropriate for your own theme and aesthetic..
Buy your bridal gown pre-loved and make it yours through customisation
When it comes to your wedding planning, few things are as important (or as potentially expensive) as your bridal gown. But there are actually many benefits to getting your wedding gown pre-loved. If you don’t find the perfect fit for you, there are lots of ways in which you can customise your pre-loved dress to better fit you and fit your personal style as well your chosen aesthetic for the big day.
Go veggie or vegan in your catering
You may already be vegetarian or vegan for religious or ethical reasons. But a veggie-fuelled diet isn’t just better for animals and the planet, it can also be a lot more cost effective. Whomever you choose to manage your catering, they’ll inevitably charge you more if you want to incorporate a lot of meat and / or seafood into your wedding day catering. However, when you opt for veggie options, you’re getting the same degree of culinary talent behind your dishes, the same gorgeous presentation, the same sumptuous tastes, textures and aromas… just at a fraction of the price. What’s more, your wedding breakfast and reception catering will be healthier so your guests won’t have to feel guilty for over-indulging the next morning!
As you can see, savings on expense needn’t come at the expense of class and sophistication!