Your dream proposal has finally come true. Congratulations! You and the person you love have decided to be married, and you couldn’t be more thrilled about it. While “all you need is love” may be a hit for The Beatles, it’s a different story for the wedding industry.
Most engaged couples only have $20,000 to throw away on their big day. But you shouldn’t let a lack of funds prevent you from saying “I do,” and you shouldn’t let the word “cheap” make you nervous, either.
Please allow us to assist you. It is possible to have a nuptial ceremony with minimal financial outlay while still giving the impression of grand extravagance.
A wedding doesn’t have to break the bank, and here are some easy ways to Have a Cheap Wedding.
Reduce the Number of Guest
You want to tell everyone you know about your good fortune, and that’s quite normal. Food, drink, and seats for everyone you’ve invited to your day can add up quickly.
There will be fewer people to worry about accommodating, feeding, and hugging if you keep the guest list small. Find a wedding venue without breaking the bank.
In addition, when you have fewer guests, you can focus on making each one feel unique rather than serving many people.
With the additional funds, you might spring for a raw bar, a special seating arrangement, or customized party goodies!
If you’re planning a small wedding, you can find a meaningful and beautiful venue that’s more affordable than the typical colossal wedding venue—having fewer people around means the ceremony may be done in less time, saving you money on the venue fees.
Another way to keep the ceremony’s expense down is to hold it at a location that requires little to no financial investment.
Do you still think about the first time you said “I love You” on that trip to the waterfall? Or perhaps the place you both went for a stroll after your first date, the park.
It’s a safe bet that you could have your wedding there. It is also possible to have a wedding at a destination for a reasonable price.
Get together with your significant other and talk about the vacation spots you’re both interested in seeing. Places that charge exorbitant prices, we hardly knew ye.
Two for the Price of One
You should think about having your wedding and honeymoon in the same area. I don’t see why not.
You have the wedding and honeymoon in the exact location can save you a lot of time and money. A wedding at a remote location can save you money in more ways than one.
The guest list for such an event is often smaller, so you should expect to spend less on food and drink. Aloha, private Hawaiian beach party!
Hire Your Caterer for the Big Day
The traditional fare served at wedding receptions is something I strongly dislike. You get a choice of one or two plates of generic tasteless cuisine, usually pre-made by a lousy chef.
Typically, the couple will pay $40, $50, or $60 per person, plus an additional $10 for silverware, plates, and linens. Cancel that!
So that our wedding wouldn’t break the bank, we were creative once again.
While in school, we developed a friendship with the proprietor of a Middle Eastern restaurant we frequently visited. They said they did catering, so we hired them.
This eatery surprised us with its high quality and low prices. For less than $7, you would dine like a king.
We settled on a wide variety of salads and vegetables, kibbeh, hummus and pita, spinach pie, lentil soup, and chicken and rice for the traditionalists. We all had plenty to eat, and the meal was delicious.
It is only $14 a person (napkins, silverware, and plates included)! We tipped them well and paid them an extra $50 to clean up after themselves. The dinner was delicious, and we were happy to support such a worthy establishment.
You may figure on spending at least $5,000 for a party with 100 people. We had 25 people over, and it only cost us $350, or $14 per person.
One should be bold in using creative approaches. If you go with the reception hall’s food provider, you’ll likely get gouged. And the meal will probably be run-of-the-mill dull, and ordinary.
Be Your Wedding DJ
Traditional wedding music consists of a set list of songs. There is also obligatory wedding music, and you play the ones you wish. Instead of paying for a DJ, why not just make your setlist?
Do you need a DJ if you have mp3s and playlists (depending on the various portions of the wedding)? Don’t pay them $300–$500+ more than you have to. There is no need for a human CD flipper.
They don’t add any value because no matter how many times I ask for a specific song, it never gets played. Connect it to an MP3 player (like your phone) and start listening.
Frequently Asked Question
How do people afford weddings?
“Often, it’s a combination of parents, relatives, and the couples themselves.” Typically, the happy couple will pay for roughly 60% of the entire wedding costs.
Debt.org reports that the average contribution from the bride’s family is 21%, while that from the groom’s is 8%.
Is $100 suitable for a wedding?
These tips are for the wedding guests, no matter where they are: It is appropriate to ask for a gift of $75-$100 from a colleague or more distant relative, $100-$125 from a friend or relative, and up to $150 from a close relative. Is there an expectation that the wealthy give more than they can afford? The answer is no, according to Cooper.
What is considered a small wedding?
Weddings with fewer than 100 guests are nonetheless entirely meaningful and often much more affordable than more significant ceremonies.