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How to Plan a Low-Budget Wedding

Budget is an essential part of planning a wedding. Naturally, the more money you have to spend, the more options you have. The good news is that even if you are on a tight budget, you don’t need to compromise on quality if you know the right corners to cut.


The decision on who should cater on your wedding should come in the early planning stages. Shopping for a caterer means that you have to look for the best quality of food for your guests and also value for your money. The most convenient route is to have your venue cater. This way transport and service will be efficient. If you choose to bring your own caterer, make sure to get clearance from the venue. Discuss corkage fees, food servers and serving dishes to avoid surprising charges later on.

Wedding Dress

There are many choices on choosing your wedding dress. Most women would dream of wearing a designer dress for their wedding. However, not all brides are able to afford this option. Bargain hunting for a good wedding dress is common among brides on budget. One of the ways to get a good bargain is to shop for a vintage wean ding dress. Vintage dresses have character and an artistic element to them that can add to your entire wedding look. There are many vintage dresses that are as fabulous as designer brands and come at a much lower price tag. If you want a new dress but not the usual hefty price tag that comes with it, look for good local designers. The internet is the most convenient way to look for bargains within your area without making several trips from one shop to another.

Invitations and favors

One good option to save up on your wedding invitations and favors is to go the do it yourself route. There are many DIY ideas and tutorials that you can check online. DIY may take time so if you decide to take this on, you should consider the time that you have and the help that you have access to. When it comes to DIY projects, the more you do, the less you have to spend for.

If you do not have the luxury of time or some extra pair of hands, you can also check with local craft suppliers if they can make your invitations and wedding favors for you. Decide on a design that is simple yet elegant to help you save up on the costs. Always ask about discounts on buying bulk. Some shop owners will give you the individual price unless you ask.


The best way to save on flowers is to choose kinds that are locally produced and in season on the month of your wedding. If there is a particular kind that is important to you, talk to your florist about its availability and pricing. If your favorite blooms are on the pricier side, you can still lower the overall cost by mixing less pricey blooms in. Talk to your florist about selecting a color scheme that will highlight your favorite flowers.

Wedding Entertainment

There are different options when it comes to wedding entertainment. The most common choices are wedding bands or DJs. Some weddings may have magicians, dancers or pyrotechnics, depending on the theme and flow you are going for. To shop for wedding entertainment keep in mind of the balance between price and quality. It is also important that you look at many different options before signing someone on.

The beauty of a wedding does not solely depend on price tags although it is affected by it. Having a budget wedding, when done the right way, can still be elegant and magical.

About Melissa

Melissa Page has written 2 post in this blog.

Melissa Page is a professional writer who loves everything about weddings. She blogs for Music for Scotland, a premier live music agency who represents talented wedding bands in Scotland such as The Royales. When she’s not busy writing, she hangs out with her friends in a coffee shop. She also loves traveling, bowling, and books.

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