Planning a wedding isn’t often a cheap affair. Need to throw a luxurious wedding on a tight budget? You’re in the right place! With some careful thought and planning, you can create a budget-friendly wedding without sacrificing luxury. Just use the following tips!
Choose a naturally beautiful location
Most wedding venues, while still beautiful, require lots of decoration to create that special, luxurious touch. Planning and paying for decor adds up to be a lofty expensive. Alternatively, you can easily save a lot of money by choosing a naturally beautiful wedding location. You simply won’t need the extra decor to make it look complete. Some naturally beautiful wedding locations could include: beaches, parks, botanical gardens, mountains, and even a docked boat on a picturesque pier. If you’re more of a city or indoors person, you could consider art galleries, museums, and building rooftops for sweeping urban views. Whether you want to have your wedding indoors or outdoors, the world is your oyster!
Get quotes from more than one photographer
Your wedding photographs are important. Looking back at an album full of happy photos of your celebration will provide you and your family with joy for years to come. When creating a luxury wedding on a budget, call around several photographers for quotes, so you can get the best deal. Ask your photographer about the packages they offer and their style (also check out their online portfolio to see who resonates with you the most). For example, look at this stunning wedding at Biltmore. It’s the perfect example of a naturally beautiful wedding location: the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous wedding and, consequently, gorgeous photos!
Save on your wedding attire
Your wedding outfits will take a large chunk out of your wedding budget. The best way to save money on your clothes is to rent rather than buy. You’ll find many providers who offer couture dresses at a fraction of the original price. Or, if you’re happy with regular brand names (many of them are well made and high quality), it makes sense to buy a cheaper dress. Sometimes, you have your heart set on a dress that you just can’t get a good deal for — and nothing else matches up. In this case, you should try and make room in your budget to splurge on the dress. You can do this by renting your accessories instead.
Set an off-peak date
You may not know it, but the time and date of your wedding has a major impact on the overall price. Summer weddings are the most in demand. Venues — as well as the majority of wedding vendors — will always therefore put the prices up in the summertime. In particular, June is the most popular and expensive month, so it’ll be much cheaper for you if you go with May, July, or August instead. Alternatively, spring, fall, and winter weddings are even cheaper (as long as it’s not around Christmas!). As for the specific day of your wedding, Saturdays cost the most. Less popular days of the week will be priced lower; check with your venue for details.
Choose cheaper (yet delicious!) food
The traditional seven course meal for a wedding is very expensive — especially if you have a large guest list. Fortunately, there are a number of cheaper menu options that will please and satisfy your guests all the same. You could skip the starter and pointless bread baskets and instead opt for a filling main course. Ask your caterer to put a sophisticated spin on one of your favorite comfort meals. A casual buffet-style table or outdoor BBQ are two fun and budget-friendly choices. If your venue allows it, you can even ask your guests to bring their own alcohol too. When it comes to dessert, there’s no need to splash out on fancy sweets. You and your guests can tuck into your wedding cake. Everyone loves cake and you’ll save money this way.
Planning a luxury wedding on a budget is a challenge, but that’s half the fun! Above all, give yourself enough time in advance. The longer you have to create the wedding of your dreams, the easier it’ll all come together, and the happier you’ll be with the results on the day.