How to Have a Memorable but Affordable WeddingAnna Newell Jones
Wedding planning can get so overwhelming that brides-to-be think nothing of forking over big bucks to have someone else handle all the details. If you plan to get married but do not have a limitless budget, you can still have the big day of your dreams at a more reasonable cost.
Here are 5 ways to have an incredible, yet frugal, wedding:
5 Ways to Have a Memorable But Affordable Wedding 1 of 6
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Delegate Tasks 2 of 6
If you have already selected your wedding party, put them to good use. Have a sit down with your bridal party and brainstorm the to-do list of tasks and the timelines involved. Let your family and friends help you get things done by delegating tasks to those involved. By mapping out who will be doing what and when, everyone can be on the same page for planning a great event.
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Find Alternative Service Providers 3 of 6
You can save a bundle by finding people outside the mainstream to perform a variety of services for the wedding and the reception. For instance, scout out the local college for videographers in training. You should still ask for samples of their work if you are not familiar with it just to ensure they are capable of meeting your expectations, but it can be a great way to cut down costs and still get exactly what you want. (Note: wedding photography is one area where skimping is not recommended since the photographs will be one of the only tangible things that come from your wedding day.)
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Skip the Flowers 4 of 6
You can save a lot of money by not having real flowers anywhere but in the bridal party bouquets. Rather than decorate your reception with real cut flowers, opt for less expensive centerpieces you can make with your friends and family. There are so many ideas available for simple, affordable DIY projects to use as inspiration for decorations.
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Find Frugal Invitations 5 of 6
Thanks to technology, you can create customized wedding invitations at home. If you don't feel tech savvy enough to produce nice looking invitations, check out discount invitations online. Even dollar stores carry quality invites that cost pennies compared to professional stationary companies. Gather your bridal party for an evening of stuffing and addressing.
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Plan Within Your Means 6 of 6
Just because your mom envisioned a Cinderella wedding doesn't mean you have to have one. Go with whatever makes you comfortable, especially if you are financing most of the event. By letting others dictate what you should or shouldn't do, you set the stage for easy overspending. Figure out how much you can spend, and find ways to make it happy no matter what others say.
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