If you have been looking for inexpensive wedding ideas, you have probably come up with a list of questions a mile long. This article contains some great answers to some of the more popular questions related to your wedding budget, the invitations, and ways to save money on the food and entertainment. Once you have gone through the answers below, you will be ready to plan a fantastic event on a reasonable budget.
How Do I Start Planning My Wedding Budget?
The tighter your overall spending limit, the more important it becomes to plan a detailed budget so you can see early in the process what you will be able to include and what must be cut. Overall, your budget will be divided into seven broad categories. Your reception will take up approximately 50% of the total budget for the wedding, with another 40% being equally split among bridal attire, photography, music, and flowers. The last 10% will be split among the invitations, postage, and other miscellaneous expenses. Get your overall budget split into these broad categories first and it will enable you to start drilling down into the specifics more easily.
Do I Need Professionally Printed Wedding Invitations?
Homemade invitations used to be a symbol of tackiness, but these days that has changed. Modern color printers and graphic design software has made it very possible to create dazzling invitations on your own computer and print them at home or at a local print shop such as Kinko’s for way less money than a typical printer would charge.
What Are Some Cheap Options For Food And Entertainment?
Because food is so expensive and will make up such a big portion of the budget for the reception, you will want to consider just how formal you want your meal to be. A formal wedding and reception will probably demand a sit-down meal or at least a buffet service. Sit down meals are the most expensive option because of the extra staff required in terms of waiters and waitresses, as well as the extra cooks needed to prepare the individual entrees. A buffet is a great alternative because it costs less for a caterer to prepare and will ensure that everyone has something they can eat.
You might consider abandoning the traditional sit down mean if your budget is extremely tight. Instead an elegant option would be to feed your guests “cocktail party” style, with nice hors d’ouvres being served at a food station or by roaming waiters on trays. This is a fun way to host a reception because it allows your guests to be more mobile and able to mingle freely with others.
Obviously, inexpensive wedding ideas can be found for every aspect of your special day, from the ceremony to the honeymoon. With a little creativity and research, you can see how your budget, invitations, and food costs can be trimmed down without eliminating any of the most important parts of your wedding.