Planning and organizing your dream wedding can be a difficult task especially when budget is a major concern. Especially if you are staying in the big city, you will realize how expensive wedding can be. If you have unique wedding ideas, creative and have done a good research, there are many ways in reducing your wedding budget and still achieve wedding of your dream. I would like to share my ideas and tips on wedding planning on a budget that I have personally experienced and still achieve wedding of my dream.
The most obvious way in reducing the cost is reducing the numbers of guests attending your wedding. Screen through the wedding invitation list again and just invites those close and important relatives and friends. Appropriate decision and selection in your invitation guest will ensure you really scrutinize the list and still maintain wedding invitation etiquette.
Select a day which is non-peak or not in holiday season to get the best price. Catering, wedding facilities and other wedding related services usually will be in high demand on Saturday, Sunday and holiday seasons and then it will be more expensive. If Saturday or Sunday is unavoidable, try to avoid Saturday or Sunday during holiday season. You still be able to find a good deal on Saturday or Sunday in non-holiday season.
Plan and make an advance booking at least a year of all your major wedding items and expenses such as wedding gowns and wedding gowns designer, wedding dresses, catering services, wedding cakes, wedding ring, men's wedding bands, wedding limousine, wedding facilities and other wedding accessories. Last minutes planning and booking will usually cost higher due to extra work and additional resources involved.
Wedding video and photographer can be expensive as well during high demand seasons. Avoiding high demand seasons will definitely save cost. Need to ensure photos negatives are part of your photography package as to avoid relying on your wedding photography studios for reprinting. Instruct your photographer for "wedding poses must have" and look for quality photos rather than quantity. This will ease the final photo selections and limit non-quality photos. Take this wedding photography tips seriously as it will save you a lot.
Paying cash in major wedding items can reduce cost as well and this can be done through requesting cash discount. The merchant usually will bear 2% to 3% of bank charges if the client pay using credit card. By paying cash, the bank charges can be transfer to consumer as a discount. Credit cards only to be used as a guarantee and once you have received the goods and services, payment can be settled by cash.
If you hire a consultant or wedding planner, select a wedding planner that charge based on hours rather than based on percentage of the total bill. An experienced wedding planner will be able to guide you in reducing cost further by avoiding mistakes and unnecessary cost. Experienced and well known wedding planner usually has a good connection and this will be added advantage for you to get additional discount on wedding services and goods.
Wedding flower arrangements can be saved as well by ordering in advance. Avoid high demand season flowers such as high demand flowers during Valentine's Day. There are also flowers renting services that can be considered as well.
As for your wedding entertainment and music, booking in advance will give advantage in negotiating the price and get a good discount. If you would like to save further, using just a background music rather than live band will be another good alternative.
There are also many free written materials as well that can be found on internet such as free wedding checklist, free wedding speeches and poems, clip art, wedding program and invitation templates, wedding catalog and many more. All these free materials not only can save your cost but will save your time as well.