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    Default Tips for a Cheap Wedding

    If you're planning a wedding on a budget, then here are some tips to help you on your way:

    Cut your numbers
    At the top of the list of cheap wedding tips is cutting your numbers. It?s possible to shave up to ?100 per guest off. So if you?ve got large numbers, be ruthless and think twice about whom you?re inviting - you could save thousands.

    Reconsider your venue
    It?s easy to find free or cheap wedding venues which can easily provide a personal, special and unique touch to your wedding day.

    Prioritise what is important
    If you still find you?re over budget, you need to sit down with your partner and begin to prioritise what is important and what?s not.

    Go through your wedding budget planner and consider every line. Perhaps you can cut back in one area, so that you can splurge in your important areas.

    For example, the dress maybe really important to you, but the favours aren?t. By cutting back on what you give as favours, or eliminating them altogether, you should be able to shave down the costs in the budget, hopefully to a number you?re happy with.

    Catering
    The food is one of the largest costs at a wedding and some easy changes can make a huge difference to your bottom line.

    Think outside-the-box and do something different. Alternatives include ?high tea?, afternoon tea, champagne and canap?s, only providing one meal, having a sit-down buffet instead of fully catered evening meal or even catering yourself ? all these will reduce your costs significantly.

    Choose a weekday
    Most couples get married on the weekend placing high demand on venues. With high demand comes high prices as the venues can charge what they want knowing that the couples will pay.

    One way to significantly drop your costs is to have your wedding on a weekday. You could probably save about 30% on most of the services in your budget!

    Use a bar

    In an ideal world, the drinks would flow freely but this is likely to be your biggest expense. If there is a bar on the premises, perhaps you could offer free drinks for just a couple of hours, set a limit to the bar budget or offer just beer and wine.

    Do it yourself
    My final cheap wedding tip is to try and do as many things yourself. If you have the time and energy, this is a great way to save money. By getting friends and relatives to help you, you should be able to pull in lots of services that you would have otherwise spent hundreds on.

    Perhaps your mum is a bit of a cook and will make the cake, the flowers could be done by your aunt and your make-up by your friend. Start asking around. Your friends will be honoured to help and you?ll save a packet.

    By following one, two or all of these cheap wedding tips, you will certainly cut your budget.

    Good luck!
    Nicola

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    Default Re: Tips for a Cheap Wedding

    Hey, i am simpson, i really love your tips. Wedding budget is very important in weddings. If you don't plan your wedding day, it will become a disaster. So thank you very much for listing some amazing cheap wedding tips.....

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    Default Re: Tips for a Cheap Wedding

    We had our wedding reception at a clubhouse in a neighborhood next to ours. We were able to rent it because I had friends that lived there. The deposit was $500 for a full Saturday (7am - 10pm), they provided seasonal decor (January), working fireplace, tables, chairs, tablecloths, a small kitchen with ovens/fridge/etc. We just had to make sure everything was cleaned up before we left. We received $400 back as we left the place in good condition.

    There was a small lake with a pier and a parking lot for all of our guests. I still receive compliments on the location from my wedding pictures whenever I have guests over.

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    We got married under a big oak tree adjacent to a senior center (reception). We made meat, cheese & fruit trays (food bought at costco). Big bowls of salad and split rolls. The family got everything ready before the wedding and It was a great low key party. also we had friends offer doing our flowers as a wedding gift, and someone else paid for the photographers time as a wedding gift.

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    When we got married it was in a church, had a cake, punch and mixed nuts for a reception then a bring your own covered dish, drinks and plates cook out later in the evening. I used my sister's wedding dress and bride's maid dresses. Flowers were a present from a friend of the family, had an uncle take the pictures.

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    When we got married I made my own dress (my best friend made the veil for me!) We used our church (free as long as we cleaned up!) My Mom made the wedding cake. His Aunt Edna did the punch and other foods. His cousins took care of gifts and getting folks in and settled. All totaled we spent about $250 for my material and napkins and invitations. I totally Freak when people tell me what they are doing for their wedding! Starting out i can think of better ways to spend my money!

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    Default Re: Tips for a Cheap Wedding

    Hey,

    i am bobby !!

    I am really like you tips and it will help me to get some reduction in expenses my marriage.

    hope you will post more tips in future about lifestyle.

    Thanks !!
    no here

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    Default Re: Tips for a Cheap Wedding

    Great set of tips! Another is to rent or borrow items - don't buy anything new unless you have to. If you're getting married towards the latter part of prime wedding season (after Spring or after Christmas), see if you can borrow supplies (or buy cheaply) from a recent bride. Decorations, food platters, and even wedding dresses can be borrowed. It's also usually cheaper to rent items rather than paying full price. Rented items are usually decorations, tuxes, and tables and chairs, though wedding dresses can be rented in some areas.
    For a really tight budget, go for a less formal event. A nice evening gown and a suit are much cheaper than a wedding gown and tuxedo.
    "Cook like your life depends on it, because it does."

 

 
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