Weddings days are often one of the most expensive events of our lives but if you’re smart and intentional with your spending, you can stretch your money to make your day super special without breaking the bank. Here’s my guide on how to have a thrifty wedding.
Keep your guest list small
Quite an obvious tip but definitely worth mentioning right off the bat. Keeping your guest list small and intimate will save you a lot of money so you can make other areas extra special for the guests you do invite. You could also enforce a no kids policy or any single attendees cannot bring a plus one. While it may be uncomfortable at first explaining this to your guests, it will save you a lot in the long haul.
Make your own wedding decorations
Instead of dedicating a significant chunk of your wedding budget to props and table placements, get creative and make your own! Any unwanted jam jars, twine bundles or pieces of wooden boards can create some of the most stunning centrepieces. You can also check out your local craft store for supplies such as lace, ribbon and fake flowers. There are tons of tutorials online you can find to give you help and inspiration.
Choose a small venue
If you want to keep costs down, don’t hire out a venue that’s bigger than what you need. It can be very tempting to go all out but the venue will probably be the most expensive purchase of your wedding day so choose wisely! There are many gorgeous small wedding venues available such as Bijou Weddings who offer gorgeous barn-style venues for your big day.
Do your own catering
Doing your own catering will easily save your a small fortune rather than paying crazy high prices for food per head. You could also suggest to your guests to do a BYOB or their own desserts to help you out. Buffet style wedding menus always go down a treat too and cost way less to set up than a full-on catering service.
Book during quieter periods
If you’re happy to host your wedding during a less popular time of the year you can secure your big day for a fraction of the price during peak dates. Booking during midweek rather than a weekend, for example, will be way cheaper and suppliers could be too meaning you may not struggle as much with availability and get a better price.
Look at charity / secondhand shops
You’ll be amazed at the bargains you can find in these places! You could end up sourcing all your wedding decorations, accessories and even dresses or suits if you’re extra lucky. Don’t be afraid to get anything secondhand too, especially if you know it’s only going to be used on your wedding day. No point in spending crazy amounts of money on things or outfits you’ll only wear once!
These are my biggest tips but there are many more such as borrowing cars from family and friends, getting help from family and friends for small details like wedding invitations or providing food and most importantly set a budget from the get-go so you know how much money you have to work with!