5 steps to keep your wedding simple and cost effective
We at Beautiful Wedding have put together a few ideas of how to keep your special day simple and reasonable but still beautiful and one to remember.
Choose a local, pretty venue
By choosing a local venue, it will alleviate you and your guests having to spend a lot of money and time travelling to your destination wedding. Your wedding suppliers coming from afar won't need accommodation, and hiring costs will be cheaper as delivery fees will be minimal. When looking at a variety of venues, choose one that is already pretty. By choosing a beautiful wedding venue, it will save you a lot of time, thought and money as far as decor is concerned as the basics are already there... you will just need to add a touch here and there.
Cut the Guest list
Limit the amount of people at your wedding. A family member who you haven't seen for most of your life, doesn't need to be invited to your wedding just because they are family. Pick and choose carefully. A recommendation which generally works well, is that if you decide you want 80 people at your wedding, the groom gets to choose 30 people, the bride (you) gets to choose 30 people and then each set of parents gets to invite 10 people.....you know, folks like to invite old family friends dear ol' Aunty Sheila and Uncle Jo who were around when you were born, and at the end of the day, it's great to make your parents feel special and involved and often your parents are fitting the bill for your special day. If you can reduce your guest numbers, the cost of just about everything else will come down too.
As a start, we live in a country with an abundance of flora. Grow your own Lavendar, Rosemary, Succulents and so on and use them as the flower decor on your tables and/or around your cake. Another idea is to collect (or beg and borrow) an assortment of old frames to use as table names or you can even fill the frames with your parents wedding pictures on a table to form part of the decor and for people to look at and reminisce.
A simple home-grown succulent in a tin cup is a wonderful, ever-lasting gift, or even a homemade preserve. The gifts don't need to be extravagant, nor do you have to give a gift to each person, you can even give a "couples" gift. Wedding favours are to thank guests for their attendance, love and friendship and a gesture of gratitude for sharing in the beginning of the bridal couples new life together.
We live in a technological era, use this to your advantage. Instead of buying fancy paper, stamps and then paying a printing company to do the printing, rather consider sending out electronic save-the-dates and wedding invitations. You can then make a handful of written invites for the "oldies" that may attend the wedding who don't have access to computers. Secondly, if you don't have the budget for a DJ, load your wedding playlist on to an ipod/Ipad/Computer, connect it to one or two large speakers and get dancing.