Ideas for a Thrifty Wedding

The Creative Planner By The Creative Planner, 22nd Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Weddings can be very costly and conventional. Here are a few suggestions in order to save money and make it a night that stands out from the rest.

The Conventional Wedding

What is it that pushes people to spend thousands of dollars on a ceremony that gets lost among the others? Weddings are so conventional; it’s hard to tell them apart. Tradition is one think, this is bordering on utter monotony.

The ingredients are always similar:

4 parts stuffy reception room
2 parts sit down mediocre dinner
10 parts too many speeches
6 parts mixed music of the 80’s, 90’s and today
1 obnoxious DJ
A heavy dose of drunken guests
An inspiring choreographed first dance
1 extravagant cake that looks better than it tastes

Why are the rules so set? Everyone uses this basic recipe and adds spice by spending more money on silly details. This is one day and usually the best day of someone’s life. Why spend all that money on something that has been done countless times in the past?

Do something different and save money in the process.

Money Saving Suggestions

If you want to keep costs down and still have a great wedding that sets you apart from others, here are some suggestions:

Ask to have your wedding in a relative’s or friend’s spacious backyard.

Only invite those closest to you, the more the guests, the more the cost.

Hire a catering service to serve hors-d’oeuvres and finger foods. A sit down dinner can be costly and bog guests down to their table. Finger foods can be very satisfying and allow for guests to walk around and mingle.

Create a music playlist and have that playing throughout the night. This way, you choose the music you want and you don’t have to hire a DJ to do it.

Buy cakes or cupcakes from a regular bakery. Bakeries have beautiful pre-made cakes that would do just fine for a wedding. They will taste better too.

Pre-mix a large punch for the guests with some added alcohol if desired. You can also offer juices, soft drinks and basic alcohols so people can mix their own drinks.

The best deal when it comes to buying lots of wine is to go to a wine specialty store and have it made and bottled for you. The cost becomes close to half of what you would pay for wine in the liquor store.

The day before the wedding, buy flowers in bulk and make your own arrangements. Look through magazines and search the internet for simple arrangements and create the look yourself.

You can make your own centerpieces by simply using stemless wine glasses, adding a little water at the bottom, and placing a flower or candle atop the water. Simple yet elegant.

As for glasses, plates, chairs and tables, they can all be rented at a wedding rental supply store for a decent price.

Tablecloths can be rented as well or you can head to your local fabric shop, buy some nice fabric and sew the hems.

Buy card stock and print out your own invitations and name cards.

Ask a friend with a knack for photography to capture your special moments.

You can also purchase disposable cameras and let all your guests be photographers for the night.

Rent a tux for the groom, no need to buy one for one day.

Games could be a great addition as well. Board games for the kids to keep them entertained and interactive games for the adults.

Despite many opinions, it is possible to have a wedding that costs under $20,000. Take the extra money you’ve saved with theses tips and put it towards your honeymoon.

The idea is to switch up the usual way of doing things and do it your own way. Have fun with it!


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I am a young Canadian with a flair for event planning and designing. Being fresh out of school, I focus on budget friendly projects. My goal is to be creative and think out of the box.

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