Preparing to get married should not be a chore. It should be fun and simple, that’s why going small, is the way to go. During this recession who needs a big wedding? Stay smart and make it small but largely memorable. Small weddings are great because you can invite only close family and friends. You will spend your wedding day among people that love you and really want to be part of your special day. You will also be able to spend more time with each of your guests. Best of all you will have save money and will be able to splurge on a longer honeymoon. Whatever it is, it can be done with some planning and preparation. After all, you want it to be inexpensive but reasonable, simple yet beautiful.
Small Wedding Checklist
First, sit down and figure out your budget. Once you know what your budget is, stick to it. Believe me you will be thanking yourselves later. You will need to discuss with your fiancée what kind of wedding you would like to have. Make a small wedding checklist. Items that should discussed are: location of ceremony and reception, transportation to and from locations, decorations, entertainment, caterer, attire, hair & makeup, expenses for licenses, photographer, honeymoon, wedding rings, flowers and rehearsal dinner and most important how many people you will be inviting. You won’t be needing everything but do discuss. After discussing and making your checklist, write your priorities. The one priority that is most important should be the one you spend the most money on. Perhaps, the reception is most important because you want your guests to enjoy themselves and have a lasting memory of your big day. Or maybe you’d rather spend more money on what you are going to wear for the wedding. Once you decide on the above you can start your small wedding planning.
Small Wedding Budget
You are finally engaged and have decided to have a small wedding. It’s time now to start your small wedding planning! Here are a few ideas for a small wedding budget that will save you hundreds of dollars.
A beautiful wedding can be possible on a small budget, just plan everything ahead of time. For starters, picking the right season is very important. The season will determine how much caters, florists, banquet facilities, and ceremony locations will charge you.
Winter season is a great time to get married if you are on a budget. It is not very popular for couples to tie the knot during winter season and therefore many venues are wide open for reservations. Always remember, wedding locations are less expensive to rent out when the demand is low. Banquet facilities drop their fees 20% to 50% off during winter season. Warmer states might not be so generous but you can still find discounts.
Keep in mind that the day of the week you decide to have your ceremony will play a role in how much you spend. Getting married during the week will be less expensive than getting married on a Saturday unless you get married during winter season. During winter season, many banquet facilities are willing to charge you the Friday price instead of the Saturday price. If you do plan to have your wedding during warm months you can always consider having it outdoors, like a beach or a botanical garden.
See, small wedding planning is not so hard. Just follow my advice and you will be saving enough money to buy that gorgeous dress that you thought you couldn’t afford.
Caterers are easier to negotiate with during winter season, especially in colder states where weddings are at a standstill. Seeking out help from a culinary school can also cut costs. Some culinary schools will be happy to put their skills to the test and make some money. You can always do self-catering but this takes lots of planning and your time. If you plan ahead this can save you about half of what a caterer will charge you. If you are only going to have a few guests this is something to consider doing. Hey, you can also consider expanding cocktail hour and having hors’ d’oeuvres.
Small Wedding Flowers
Flowers can take a big crunch out of your budget. But if you start your small wedding planning ahead of time you can come out a winner. One suggestion is buying flowers that are in season. Whatever season you choose you should buy the flowers that are grown locally. For example, buying roses during the winter time in Indiana will cost you a pretty penny. Buying from a local floral design school can also keep costs down. You can also opt to use artificial flowers instead of fresh ones. I have to warn you some artificial flowers look like what they are, fake. Most craft stores sell artificial flowers. A good brand that makes nice ones is a company called Sia. Below are suggestions for natural flowers:
In Season Flowers
- Snowball mums
- Black-eyed susans
- Gerbera Daisies
- Lilies (calla)