Let’s face it; while your wedding is one of the most precious days of your life, it’s also one of the most expensive. I don’t believe that you should go into debt to get married. Let’s face it, why would you want to start off your marriage in debt? Even if you have been saving for your wedding, wouldn’t that money be better used somewhere else? Buying your first home? Furnishing that first home? I’m sure there are a million other ways you could spend that money as well. Here are some easy ways to cut corners and save some of your money if you insist on having a big large wedding.
This is one of the most expensive areas of a wedding. I don’t understand why that is though when you have so many options for your reception. If you have a friend who has a beautiful big back yard, ask to borrow their yard. If you don’t have that, then what about your local park? Our park here has a beautiful pond with a gazebo that people love going on for pictures. Next to the pond are a bunch of covered pavilions next to an open field which would be great for a wedding reception. Enlist in your friends to help set up and you will save on all these fees. You will save hundreds if not thousands alone on planning a reception like this instead of renting out a hall or something like that.
Unless you’re a high class family why not go pot luck? Why spend thousands on a caterer and worry about who likes what food. What type of food goes with what other food? I say go pot luck and have each one of your close friends and family make a dish. Even if 15 people make a large dish you could feed a hundred people or so depending on what they make. Just get everyone together one night and place a sheet of paper on the table and discuss what everyone wants to bring. Make sure you have a few different main dishes and some side dishes and you will be set. I would love to go to a wedding where it was pot luck and to tell you the truth, I don’t know why more people don’t do this. Not only does it save on money, think of the stress it will save?
The next most expensive thing on the wedding budget would be pictures and videos. This is another thing I find to be a complete waste of money. Why do you need to have professional wedding pictures? That might be your kind of thing, but I prefer to have real photos. During the wedding ask a few friends to take several shots of the ceremony. This way you will have different types of pictures since everyone takes pictures different. Won’t cost you anything except what it cost to print the pictures out. During the reception set out a bunch of disposable cameras on the tables. Encourage your guest to pick up cameras and take pictures when ever they want. This way no one feels like they have to hold a camera the entire time. They can snap a picture and then set it down for the next person. All it will cost here is the developing fee which with coupons is not that expensive. Video recorder can be held by a friend during the ceremony and then placed on a tripod for the reception. Place the recorder in a corner where it gets the best few of the guest. Place a sign above the recorder telling them “give best wishes here, already recording” then your guest can come up when they want and send their best to you when they are ready. When they are done they just walk away and the recorder will keep on video taping the reception for you. During important moments like the bouquet toss, ask a friend to grab the recorder and get up-close with it. Then they just pace it back on the tripod and walk away. Bring an extra tape and change it when you have filled your other one, if that happens. This will save you hundreds of dollars between the pictures and video and I think you will be happier. You will actually get to see your friends having fun instead of being told to pose. It makes it more real in my opinion.