Falling in love is easy, but we all know getting married is expensive business. You don’t have to break your bank accounts in order to attain your dream wedding, it’s possible without the extravagant budget! We’ve got a few tips to trim your wedding budget, so you can celebrate your special day worry-free:
Want vs. Need
The first thing to do is to make sure the both of you are on the same plate. The key is to be realistic. Is the wedding dress more important than food and drinks? Do you need elephants as mode of transportation? You may get lost in all the things you want, so it’s crucial to list your priorities first. The fancy hotel option is tempting, but be open for cheaper options. You’ll end up finding something that is more fun, and more true to the both of you.
Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate!
Negotiating is an absolute must when you’re planning! It may seem intimidating, because it might seem like we’re offending the vendor we want to work with. We’re here to tell you, it’s important to stick to your budget! Communicate with your vendor, and more often than not, they will be willing to settle on a suitable price that will benefit both parties. The first quotation isn’t final!
Believe in D.I.Y.
D.I.Y. may seem daunting and you don’t know where to start, but it’s a surefire way to slash your budget! We recommend making and printing your own invitation cards, because this will be the first thing your guests will discard. If you have Photoshop experts for friends, see if they can help you create your invitations! If not, scout around and look for sites that provide free templates. Wedding Chicks will be a lifesaver, as they’ve provided columns for you to fill in all your wedding details. Click ‘Create Print’ and voilà, your invitation card is ready!
Shop Around and Wait for the Sales
We’re the first to tell you it’s okay to shop around for a vendor you’re comfortable with. It’s easy to get lost in all the recommendations and websites that offer great deals, but set up a meeting so you can get a proper idea of who the vendors are, and if you can gel with them. For an easier option, join Fiestah and see what our vendors can do for you!
It’s also tempting to buy your wedding goods immediately, but we promise you, patience will seriously trim your budget! It’s good to start the planning process as soon as you can, so you have more time to snag good deals. Remember to scout around, and sign up for newsletters so that you’ll be informed of the upcoming sales!
Skip the Party Favors
Hear us out! Skip the party favors that your guests will forget, and provide them a reminder of your wedding with the help of a photo booth! It’s no secret we’re obsessed about photo booths, because it’s a great alternative party favor and it’s ridiculously fun. Want something that will blend seamlessly into your wedding setup? Our friends at LUMI8 will be the perfect experience for your guests, with their one-of-a-kind, kiosk-styled photo booth!
This is also the perfect time to take your D.I.Y. skills up a notch. Create your own party props, with shapes and phrases relevant to the both of you. Your guests aren’t just taking instant pictures, they’re taking a bit of the both of you to take home and cherish!
Wedding Budget Calculator
Need to be properly organized, but you’re not sure how to allocate your budget? Our friends at Credit Card Insider has a wedding budget calculator to help you out! For further financial advice and testimonials from couples who’ve gone through this process, check out their comprehensive wedding advice resource page! You’ll be sorted, for sure.
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