We all know that wedding is a beautiful obsession that depicts extravagance, vanity and sometimes unrealistic fantasies which can leave many couples in debt or poorer when reality sets in. It is imperative as you plan your dream wedding that you also plan to make the most cost-effective decisions with your spouse and families.
DON’T BE COMPETITIVE
The more competitive you are in your daily life is likely to put you under unnecessary pressure. Weddings are not competitions for couples to score goals, so get over the anxiety of trying to blow your budget to impress your friends. What worked for her may not work for you, so focus on having a truly unforgettable wedding experience.
VENUES FOR LESS
Choosing your wedding venue is the first step in planning your wedding, and if you really cannot afford the grand venues, there are many alternatives such as community centre halls, school halls, family compounds, and house of worship halls where you can hold your reception. These venues are affordable and good value for money. All you have to do is get creative and turn them around with the help of a good venue decorator.
TWO IN ONE CEREMONY
Staging your traditional and formal wedding ceremonies on the same day is the most cost-effective way to cut cost and save money. Yes it can be stressful to have both ceremonies on the same day, but with proper planning and effective coordination you can be guaranteed a stress-free and memorable day. For instance your engagement can be a low-key two hours affair in the morning with only a few family members present, and the wedding ceremony a few hours later.
A WEEKDAY EVENT
About eight in ten couples prefer to get married on a Saturday because it’s a weekend and convenient for their wedding guests, but it is the most expensive day considering the cost of hiring a venue on a Saturday. Getting married on a week day can save you a lot of money and can also curtail unwanted wedding guests. Many venues may charge up to 40% less if you book their venues on a weekday. Business is often slow on week days hence this is needed income for them.
Wedding package deals can help you work within your budget. They come in different plans and there is always a package for every realistic budget. There are several deals and promo packages which can save you money especially if you are paying for the wedding yourself. You may also be able to pay in installments if you cannot afford the total sum at once. Find a good package that works for you and negotiate well to avoid hidden charges.*
HELP IS ALWAYS AROUND
Families and friends can also save you money. Involve those who have relevant experiences and can help you in some aspects of the wedding details. Those who have creative skills can help put your wedding details together while others with different skills can play their parts.