Most brides-to-be learn pretty quickly just how expensive weddings can be, especially if they start the planning process without a budget to help keep their spending limited to what they can actually afford. Fortunately, it is possible to throw a hugely entertaining wedding that is big on style, without a ginormous budget. If you are looking to host a chic, stylish wedding celebration, without spending crazy amounts of money, it just takes some careful planning, a little patience, and more than a pinch of creativity!
Start with the Big Ticket Items
Most couples spend the bulk of their money on a few key vendors, namely the wedding venue and the food, followed by photography, entertainment and their attire. In fact, many planners estimate that the average couple spends almost 50 percent of their total budget on the wedding reception. This includes the venue, food and rentals (like tables and linens).
Once you know how much you can spend, total, start talking with potential vendors like a wedding venue you love, a caterer and photographer. Making sure these key elements are locked in, early on, can help prevent you from having to scramble to find the funds later on.
Wait for It
If you will be DIY-ing many of the décor elements for your celebration, or purchasing instead of renting accessories, linens and more, then time your purchases based on the best sales, and start shopping early so you don’t feel the pinch of convenient but expensive last-minute purchases, not to mention astronomical overnight shipping costs.
Use seasonal discounts on party items to your advantage, like stocking up on twinkle lights during the month after Christmas, or purchasing paper lanterns and outdoor accessories just after summer. Weekly coupons offered by many craft and hobby stores, can also save you a lot of money over the course of a year or two.