According to Psych Central, 30 percent of couples now pay for their own weddings and 53 percent share the costs with family and friends. If that’s you and you’re looking for ways to manage expenses without sacrificing style, consider these classy, resourceful options when planning your dream wedding.
Dual Purpose Decor- When you meet with your florist or event designer, discuss ways to use the same decor for both your ceremony and reception. For example, the flowers that line your aisle can be displayed on your reception tables as centerpieces. You could even turn your custom aisle runner into an alternative guestbook, allowing guests to sign their names and well wishes on it. Get creative when it comes to repurposing your decorations. It not only helps your budget; the environment benefits as well because you limit waste.
Meal Appeal- One of the most memorable elements of your wedding day will be what was on the menu. The key is to keep it budget friendly while not sacrificing presentation and taste. One affordable option is to serve an expansive brunch. Offer an omelet station, assorted croissants and pastries, pancakes, waffles, mimosas and the list goes on. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, consider pasta! Serve several variations family style and compliment the meal with assorted salads and breads. These alternatives are less expensive than a traditional dinner reception and will provide your guests with a bevy of selections to fill their stomachs and please their palates. Remember, staging and appearance are important so hire a professional caterer with great serving ware and excellent customer service.
In addition to the advice above, understand that customization costs! Be mindful of that when it comes to designing invitations, chair decor or anything individualized for your wedding. And if you must cut corners, please don’t do so with your photography. After all the food is eaten, the music has stopped and the flowers have wilted, your pictures will be the only living record of your special day.
Do you have any tips on how to have the sophisticated wedding of your dreams on a budget? If so, leave a comment and tell us how!
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