Every girl wants the wedding of her dreams and yet not everyone has the deep pockets they would like. This does not have to be the stumbling block that many see it as, since the wedding does not have to be limited by expectations created by movies and glamour magazines. And, while it does not have to be reduced to a meal at McDonalds, there are ways to limit the cost substantially and ensure that money will be left over for the day after.
Stay Away From The Wedding Industry
Companies involved in this sector are not there to keep the romantic dream alive. They are there to make huge amounts of money and charge an insane amount for their services. It is not unheard of for each element, like flowers, cakes and so forth, to cost a thousand pounds and this can quickly add up to the 20,000 figure thrown around as the average price of a wedding today.
A more cost-effective approach is to use friends and family and networks established in the real world to hunt down cheaper alternatives. Some even decide to use their close friends to design the wedding and carry out the many functions. This can provide a level of personality and individualism lacking in the majority of events organised by contracted wedding planners.
Keep The Invitation List Down
This is an obvious one, but there is still an attraction in inviting more people than it´s necessary. Everyone has enough experience socialising to understand that the best times are spent with close friends who know each other well and the same is true with weddings. Couples have no real choice when it comes to inviting both sides of the family, but beyond this keeping the invitation list small also means that it is much easier to organise the seating arrangement and the savings can be enormous.
It is natural to associate a honeymoon with some exotic destination in an expensive hotel, but it is true that this holiday is about the couple, rather than anything else. Cash strapped newlyweds will have an equally romantic time in a cottage just down the road than they would on the Italian Riviera and they will have a better time if they are not having to constantly count the pennies.
While the groom has an easier job than his wife, in respect of finding clothes on a budget, the bride can also find beautiful clothes away from expensive, but well marketed companies. Second-hand dresses may not have been a part of their planning growing up, but frankly, the wedding dress will only be worn once. Some women have the benefit of being handed down wedding dresses that have been used for generations of the family, but beyond this, there are many cheap options to be found online. Beyond the dress itself, the shoes do not have to cost a fortune and many stores offer a solution to suit any budget.