For many couples, the wedding ceremony evokes a mixed feeling. The obvious bliss apart, the cost of a proper ceremony is also a nightmare for many of them. The average wedding expenditure nowadays is more than $10,000, that too by a conservative estimate. Still, with some imaginative planning and research, it is possible to bring down wedding costs to a manageable level. For this, you need to sit down with your partner and decide on a budget. The budget can be divided into six principal categories: reception, music, photography, flowers, bride’s attire and miscellaneous.
More often than not, about half of the average wedding costs breakdown is allocated for reception. This includes site fees, food, drink, rentals, service and cake. Each of the other five categories may be allotted just 10 percent of the budget.
As reception is the most expensive affair, it certainly demands most attention. To tackle this problem, you will have to think carefully each minute detail when planning wedding costs. Did it ever cross your mind that a beautiful morning brunch would cost you much less than dinner fare? It is common knowledge that people usually drink and eat less at lunchtime and meals are less expensive. So isn’t it better idea to arrange a lunch reception and save a good amount of money? And if you have the courage to drastically cut down your guest list, you are going to save a lot of money for sure. Invite only those who are still in close touch with you. You can easily exclude those friends who have not been in touch with you in the past five years. Try to limit family guests to immediate family and grandparents. If you are having an open bar, it makes sense if you limit it to two or three options such as gin or vodka.
You can also save wedding costs by avoiding the peak wedding seasons. If you opt for a less busy period, you will be in a position to bargain for better prices. Everyone knows that if there is a competition among brides for locations and services, the price will inevitably shoot up. In order to reduce expenditure, you can also buy a pre-loved wedding gown.
The average wedding costs alot of money, and if you plan carefully, you can bring down your wedding expenditure in a number of ways. For example, you can reduce postage costs by ordering invitations that will require only one stamp. To cut costs of wedding photographs, engage a photographer to take formal shots and then ask your guests to take candid shots with disposable cameras.
Pay due attention to the wedding cake and the bouquet, as these will catch the guest’s attention than anything else. You should select such a wedding flower that is in season and hence cheaper. And rather than purchasing these items, you can also ask friends and family whether you can borrow things such as punch bowls, glasses and serving trays.