One of the
most difficult aspects of wedding planning is
keeping within your wedding budget. Here are 8
simple things that will make that a breeze:
Prioritise. Decide what aspect of the
wedding is the most important to you. Take the time
to think about where you want to splurge and put
your time, effort, and money into that.
Learn to say No (and let go of guilt when
you do). Vendors can be very persuasive about
upselling. Friends and relatives can pressure to you
have a bigger, more formal wedding that you want.
Trying to please everyone could leave you both in
debt and full of resentment.
Keep it small. Each and every guest carries
a dollar cost, as does each and every member of your
wedding party (bridesmaids/groomsmen) and that is
not just the cost of feeding them at the reception.
Larger venues tend to be more expensive to hire for
both ceremony and reception. There is a per person
cost for a wide range of hire and purchase costs –
per chair, per sash, per invitation (not just the
cost of printing but also the cost of postage, per
favour (bonbonniere), per thank you card. And for
you wedding party, there are the additional costs of
bouquets/boutonnieres, transport, gifts, hair and
Keep it casual. Formality costs. A tux
costs more than a suit or trousers and shirt and
braces. Formal table settings cost more, and so it
Look for creative solutions. Your magic
weapon consist of two words - what if. Some
what if brainstorming will help you come up with
creative solutions that don’t require an increase in
your budget. For example, what if you don’t want a
casual reception. What if you swapped a barbeque or
buffet dinner for a sophisticated sit down high tea?
Or what if you stick with the buffet dinner idea but
have manned food stations?
Remember that a wedding is a creative event.
Use your own talents and those of family and
And don’t forget that comfort is the greatest
luxury. Are the chairs for the ceremony, and
the tables and chairs for the reception comfortable?
Is there enough seating for everyone? Will your
guests be hot or cold at an outdoor wedding? Do you
have enough loos? (1 for every 35 people is the
benchmark). Ensuring these things takes a little
care, makes your guests' experience one that feels
like a big-budget wedding, but doesn’t take a big
bite out of the budget.
Ask for help. Your wedding “registry”
doesn't have to be one list at a big department
store. It can consist of multiple lists and can
include wedding-related items that creative friends
and relatives can gift you instead of buying the
more usual household things. For something pricey
(like the flowers) you can provide the materials but
they gift you with their skills. But, word of
caution, don’t ask anyone to do anything that will
detract from their enjoyment as a guest at your