How To Plan A Low-Budget Wedding

Posted on: 5 August 2015

Is there a wedding in your near future? If so, you certainly have a lot to think about, and part of the pondering might involve finances. Are you facing the fact that you don't have a lot of money to spend on your wedding? Not to worry! First of all, did you know that extravagant weddings often end in divorce? Focusing on your love for each other and your lives ahead rather than on needless money spending turns out to be a good idea. Besides, you can have a memorable and lovely wedding without spending a lot of money. Here are some ideas that might help you as you plan.

The Invitations - Are planning an intimate wedding where only family and friends will be part of the guest list? Have you decided that you want a large celebration that will include all of your friends? Either way, you can save money on your wedding invitations by not ordering those that are engraved on expensive paper. 

  • Do you have a friend who has especially beautiful handwriting? Consider asking that person to write the words you want on the invitation and have it copied on beautiful paper that you can purchase at a craft and hobby store. 
  • Another idea is to have kid pictures of you and your fiance on the front of cards and then, when the card is opened, a picture of you today. Copies can even be made at a drug store. Select a size that will be easy to fit into envelopes that you purchase at an office supply store or at another store that carries affordable paper goods.
  • A really cute idea is to have somebody do a stick figure drawing of a bride and groom and label it with both of your names and words like, Best Friends Make Great Spouses! 

The Decorations - Remember, simplicity can equal loveliness.

  • Are you getting married in a church? If so, consider having something simple in the way of your decorations. Graceful candlesticks with flowers on them would be beautiful and would not detract from the bride and groom.
  • If you're getting married at home, consider collecting all your pots that already have flowers and plants in them to use as centerpieces. By wrapping them in pretty tissue paper and tying them with a huge bow, they will lend themselves beautifully to a wedding theme.
  • Another idea is to use birdhouses as your decorations. Besides looking really pretty on the tables, they can be used as gifts for your bridesmaids and other attendants after the wedding is over.

Your Wedding Clothes - Can you imagine the amount of money that is spent on something that will be worn only once? By the same token, think of the amount of money you can save by not buying a brand new dress.

  • Does your mother's or grandmother's wedding dress fit you? If so, it would be beautiful and sentimental to wear the dress yourself. 
  • Another idea is to look for a previously worn wedding dress in a vintage shop or a resale shop. Remember that the dress has probably been worn only one time, so it will be like new.
  • If you do decide to buy a used wedding dress, you may need to have it dry cleaned. Dry cleaning wedding dresses is very affordable, so you won't be facing a huge bill. The cleaners are professionals who know exactly how to treat fine fabrics and how to handle stains. When your wedding is over, consider having it boxed by the dry cleaners so that it will be ready to be worn by the next bride. For professional dry cleaning, contact a company such as Calgary Dry Cleaning company.

Consider keeping your refreshments simple, too. There's nothing wrong with serving cake and punch. After all, your guests are coming to honor you, not to have an expensive feast.