As I have mentioned in a previous post, I have been asked to be Maid of Honour at two weddings in the next two years which means I have been privy to all aspects of planning a dream wedding on a budget.
Just because you are setting yourself a budget for your wedding, doesn’t mean that it can’t be special, unique and luxury. A budget doesn’t necessarily have to mean cheap- it just means that you have got a maximum amount that you want to spend on your big day, and you intend on sticking to that amount.
Here are some key things you will want to consider when planning your dream wedding on a budget:
As I have found out after spending lots of time with two bride-to-be’s, the venue is the very first thing you will want to get booked when planning your dream wedding. Once you have the venue booked you will have your date and can then go on to book your flowers, photographer and hairdresser (if you are planning on using those services on the big day). Then you can begin to send out the all-important ‘save the date’ invitations to your guests.
Big venue questions you will need to ask yourself are: what is the venue capacity? What is the food like? Is it easily accessible for my guests? Does it have green space?
It’s also worth considering whether it is important to you to have exclusivity of a venue on the day- would it bother you if other guests were at the venue? If it would, check out Bijou Wedding Venues– all of their country house venues are exclusive to the wedding party on the day.
Your dress can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you would like it to be. First of all, it is worth trying on lots of dresses (even dresses which aren’t what you first pictured) to try and find a style that you love.
Head to sample sales, auction sites like eBay and Etsy, and even second hand stores to find your dream dress inexpensively.
Flowers add romance to any occasion, so it’s no surprise that most people will spend lots of money on flowers for their wedding. The good news is that if you want to save some serious cash, there are ways to do so when planning your wedding flowers. Here are some ideas: arranging the flowers yourself, buying flowers directly from a wholesaler, getting crafty and making flowers from paper.
Food can really make or break a wedding- a huge thing to consider is the timing of the food, too many hours between the ceremony and the food can make for some seriously hungry guests!
Many wedding venues will have set menus at varying price points which makes the cost of the food really easy to plan when you are sticking to a budget. Alternatively, many venues now offer simpler buffet and hog roast style food which keeps costs down and is less formal than the traditional 3 course meal.