13 January 2012

Weddings On A Shoe String Budget

Weddings On A Shoe String Budget


Weddings are a huge money making business these days. It�s become almost impossible to have the wedding of your dreams unless you�re from one of the wealthiest families in the world, a celebrity or royalty. Most ordinary people either have to save for a very long time or they have to take out a loan. However, even if you�re on the lower end of the financial totem pole, there�s a way to have a very nice wedding in an affordable fashion.
These could actually be called DIY weddings because you�ll be doing most of the work yourself. Start with the size of the wedding. You may want to limit the number of guests that you invite due to various other aspects of the wedding. Once you and your fiance agree on a number, stick to it. Too many people get caught up in the moment and spontaneously invite people. Just remember that this is a special day you�ll want to spend with those people that you feel closest to. It�s not a time to repay social obligations.
Decide on your location. This can be totally free if you happen to have a nice back yard or a home with enough space to hold the wedding. If you don�t have either of these things, personally, a relative or good friend may allow you to hold your wedding at their home. There are many community parks where you can gather to have the wedding itself and go to another location for the reception. Just look around to see what�s available.
Invitations can be made on your computer and printed out. The only thing you�ll need to pay for are paper, envelopes, printer ink, and postage. This is a lot simpler than it may seem, especially with the numerous choices in colored and textured paper that you can buy. You get to use your imagination and design your own invitations.
The reception can be as cheap as it needs to be. Many couples are now going the route of wedding cupcakes rather than an elaborate several tiered cake. In fact, you and friends can make these cupcakes yourself. There will be only a one layer cake needed as the topper and you can freeze this one to have on your first wedding anniversary. The cupcakes will be for everyone to eat and enjoy. If you want to have other things to eat, this is also something you and your friends can put together. Keep it simple with such things as finger sandwiches, salad, and anything that�s inexpensive, tasty and easy to put together.
Your dress may be one of your biggest expenses but it doesn�t have to break the bank. Look around in high end thrift stores and discount stores. Many times you can find an appropriate dress that you�ll love for just a fraction of the price of a brand new gown. Another option is to make your dress or have a talented friend make it. This is a cost saving but beautiful solution.
Flowers can be as simple as freshly cut ones from a garden. You can also buy pretty bouquets in grocery stores on the day of the wedding. They�ll look fresh and lovely.
As you can see, there are many ways to cut the costs of a lovely wedding. Once you get started, you�ll probably find more on your own.