The greatest day of your life might still be in front of you. It may be off in the distance, or just around the corner, but it is coming. This day will be joyful, unforgettable, special, and life changing. The day I’m talking about, of course, is your wedding day. A wedding is one of life’s greatest celebrations and all of the most important people in your world will be there. You want to make it extravagant, precious, and fun. You want it to be perfect. In fact, you may have started planning it! You have your flowers in mind, your friends standing in the order you want them to, and, as a side note, a spouse picked out. The only thing you can’t imagine is how you are going to pay for it.
How can you have a great wedding and a cheap wedding? Ideas discussed in this article might help you save a pretty penny without looking like a cheapskate.
Cheap Wedding Ideas: Reception
The first of these three cheap wedding ideas has to do with the longest part of the wedding, which is the reception. The reception is a time for the guests to express their joy and love to the bride and groom and enjoy each other’s company. Due to the fact that weddings have traditionally been held in the evening, dinner is often served to each guest at the reception. The food makes things comfortable, enjoyable, and lively but it comes with great expense. Actually, it may be the most expensive part of your wedding. There is a way to bring down costs and still have a great reception, though. It all depends on the time of the reception. There is no rule that demands your wedding to take place in the evening. That being said you can have your wedding at an earlier time, for example, 1:00 p.m., and your reception at about 2:00 p.m. People do not expect a meal at two o’clock in the afternoon. Therefore, it seems totally appropriate to only serve beverages and finger-foods. You still look sophisticated but, obviously, you save money.
How do you get people to come to the wedding and the reception? That question brings us to the second of our cheap wedding ideas.
Cheap Wedding Ideas: Announcements and Invitations
Many times people spend a lot of time and money on fancy announcements and invitations. These things are important. However, they are not cheap. Fortunately, we live in a new age of communication where mailboxes and postage stamps aren’t necessary. Many couples, especially those of the younger crowd, are now inviting the majority of their friends to their weddings by using social media websites. For example, you can create a Facebook group about your wedding and invite a select group of friends to join it. They see all of your pictures, information, and plans for free! If this seems a bit too informal for you there is another option. Instead of regular wedding invitations, put all of your information on a blog. A blog is a simple website that is easy to update. There are many websites that aid you in making your own blog for free. Follow these website’s step-by-step instructions to set up your blog and then email all of your guests a link to it. They can use the blog to RSVP and gather important information.
Cheap Wedding Ideas: Photography
One extremely valuable suggestion I found when searching through cheap wedding ideas was on the topic of photography. Photographers and videographers have caused many a newlywed couples to go broke. It was not unheard of to pay $5,000 for a video or photo album of your wedding ceremony. In the past this expense was unavoidable. However, photo and video is no longer a hard process that only a few people can do. A standard laptop comes with a photo editing application and movie editor these days. Why not allow some of the people coming to your wedding to bring their cameras? Let them take the pictures and video. More than likely, someone on your guest list will do this for a hobby anyway. I have found that many people can make videos and photo albums as well as the experts can. I understand why you may be hesitant about this. I would encourage you to ask some of the friends that may be interested in helping with this to show you what they are capable of. You will be surprised at how well this can be done for free.
These cheap wedding ideas are fast and easy but they work. Don’t let money make the greatest day of your life be less than perfect. There is a way to have a perfect wedding for less and still be classy. Keep in mind that traditions are valuable but memories are better. Don’t be afraid to use some of these cheap wedding ideas to save money and keep the focus on what’s important – the greatest day of your life.