(Jessica is a guest blogger from The Budget Savvy Bride.)
If you are recently engaged, you’ve probably heard the latest reports on the average cost of a wedding rising to upwards of $30,000. Spending the equivalent of a down payment on a home (or the price of a brand new car) on an event that only lasts one day can be hard to stomach. Weddings can be expensive, but they definitely don’t have to be. Whether your priorities lie elsewhere or you simply cannot afford an extravagant wedding, it is still totally possible to have a beautiful wedding on a small budget, and these creative ideas will help you do just that!
Photographer: Emily Sacra Photography
The Sunday Brunch Wedding
Choosing a day of the week other than Saturday can often save you money across the board on your wedding expenses. Since most weddings take place on Saturdays, many vendors and venues will offer reduced rates for other days of the week. As a bonus of having a brunch wedding, you’ll save money on your catering bill because breakfast foods are generally very affordable. You will be able to offer your guests quite the spread of pastries and breakfast goodies for a fraction of the price of a sit down dinner of chicken or steak. Plus, who doesn’t love pancakes?
The Backyard BBQ Wedding
If you’re happy to have a casual and laid back affair for your wedding day, a backyard barbecue wedding may be just the thing for you. Have a family member with a large backyard? Host a pig roast or hire a BBQ restaurant to serve an inexpensive but filling and delicious meal. Getting married outdoors usually provides a beautiful backdrop with minimal need for decorations, so you’ll save big in that area. You can make your reception extra fun by providing lawn games and a DIY photobooth to keep your guests entertained without a big expense.
The Destination Wedding
Planning a destination wedding can help you reduce your costs because they are generally more intimate celebrations. Asking your guests to travel to attend your big day means that typically less people will be able to make it, thereby reducing your overall cost. With a smaller guest list, you may choose to splurge a little to make the experience truly amazing for those who are able to join you, like offering a luxurious 5 course meal. Check out the #TravelTuesday Roundup on DealsPlus for coupons and deals on flights, hotels and vacation packages.
The Reverse Destination Wedding
If you live in a major metropolitan area like NYC, Los Angeles or Chicago, you might find the prices of pretty much everything wedding-related to be astronomical. In that case, you may want to consider planning a reverse destination wedding! Ditch the big city glitz and glamour for the small town charm of a farmhouse or the rustic magic of a summer camp. Not only will you also ditch the bigger price tags, but you’ll also give yourself and your guests a unique and relaxing experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Photographer: Priyanca Rao Photography
The Unusual Venue Wedding
One of the best ways to save money on a wedding is to find a low-cost or no-cost venue. The venue can often take up a bulk of your budget, especially if the rental fee includes additional items such as tables, chairs, linens, dishes, flatware and other necessary things used for a ceremony or reception. Consider venues such as libraries, restaurants, cabins, bookstores, school cafeterias, church gymnasiums and other out-of-the-box locations for your wedding. In addition to potentially saving you money, choosing an unusual venue can also create a more unique experience and ambiance for the day. Stop by DealsPlus for Furniture and Decor deals if you will need to provide your own tables and chairs.
No matter what you decide, remember to prioritize what’s most important to you and your future spouse. Put the emphasis (and, perhaps a larger portion of your budget) towards those items that are top priority. You may have to get creative to make the rest of the aspects of your day fit into the remainder of your budget, but you’ll be sure to have a wedding that is an accurate reflection of who you are as a couple. For more creative wedding ideas, DIY projects and money saving tips, be sure to visit www.thebudgetsavvybride.com