How To Save Money During Your Wedding

1. Use free media and the internet

You can borrow wedding/bridal books and magazines from friends, work colleagues and public libraries. Check for local wedding suppliers on the web, where you will be able to find details on the larger and smaller specialist wedding companies in your local area.

Visit free-to-enter wedding fairs, as the prospective customer why should you be expected to pay an admission fee to view their stands? Ask lots of questions and obtain quotes without making any firm commitments at the time, giving you a chance later to review all of the offerings and make your choices without any sales pressure – you’ll be amazed at the price variations for supplying identical services.

Bear in mind that the larger wedding fairs will be charging high fees to the wedding suppliers who attend. This will have two consequences for YOU, firstly, it will exclude many of the smaller, but equally good quality, local wedding suppliers who cannot justify the wedding fair expenditure and secondly, you have to ask who is ultimately paying for these high exhibition fees? YOU ARE!…and then many of these larger wedding fair operators have the cheek to expect you to pay an entry fee as well!

2. Use Online Auctions and e-Bay

Many of the items that you need for your wedding are available on e-Bay at a fraction of the price charged by many wedding vendors. Cake toppers, favors, balloons, new and used-once wedding dresses along with a host of other useful items that can save you a lot of money. Do your shopping well ahead of the wedding date to allow plenty of postal time. Check for the established and trusted sellers by checking the number of items they have sold previously and their feedback rating and you can’t go far wrong.

3. Food and Drinks For Your Wedding Reception

Ask your caterer for advice and be honest with them about your wish to save money. Discuss with the caterer the options that are available to you, maybe considering a hot buffet if that is cheaper than a formal seated three course meal. Enquire about providing your own drinks for your guests, or providing your own wine to accompany the meal.

You should carefully consider the bar arrangements as this can have a considerable cost. If you intend to provide a free bar, then ask about restricting this to only wine and beer, which will be cheaper. You may also wish to consider having the (free) bar open for a restricted period of time, an hour for example – or dispense with the free bar completely if you are supplying the wine for the meal and wedding toasts, etc.

4. Reduce The Wedding Guest List

Each name on your guest list is an increase in the cost of your wedding. It’s not just the catering cost that will increase, but also the table decoration, favors, rentals you may need and even the size of the room you need to hire. Avoid being lavish with issuing wedding invitations, don’t be pressured to invite all of your work colleagues and be selective over who’s children you invite – each child will probably cost you just as much as an adult on the wedding day.

Remove anyone from your guest list that you haven’t had contact with in the past few years and don’t bow to pressure to invite distant relatives. When you invite friends and relatives who are single, resist the temptation to include “and guest” on their invitation, they are attending your wedding, not out on a date paid for by you.

5. Revise The Day and Time

Saturday is the most popular day to hold a wedding, so suppliers and venues are likely to be booked and they have little incentive to reduce their prices. However, if you choose to have your wedding midweek, or on a Sunday, there is less demand for these days. Wedding suppliers will have fewer bookings for these days and will be more inclined to quote you better prices in the hope of additional work. If your wedding is timed for early in the day you may be able to secure a better rate from wedding car suppliers, as their vehicles can be used later for a second wedding or evening transportation jobs.

6. Shop Around For Wedding Cars

The wedding cars are a major part of your wedding day. If you are fortunate enough to know someone who owns a luxury car that you would like to use, you may be able to persuade them to provide it for your wedding as their wedding present to you.

If you are hiring a wedding car, it certainly pays to shop around various suppliers and various vehicle types. Don’t assume that all wedding car suppliers have the same rates, they don’t – and don’t assume that a cheaper quote means an inferior car. Go along and view the wedding cars, ask questions and don’t be afraid to negotiate, some companies have lower operating costs than others and some will have fewer bookings for your wedding date than others, so discounts may be available.

There is the possibility that wedding car suppliers will try to get you to hire two cars, for the groom and for the bride. Ask if there is sufficient time for one wedding car to make more than one journey, there generally is as the groom needs to be at the wedding venue much earlier than the bride.

7. Flowers and Floral Arrangements

If you know someone who is trained in flower arranging or has a flair for it, then it may be worth considering asking them to provide your floral arrangements for the wedding. Alternatively, obtain quotes from several local florists and view their previous work before making your final decision.

If you have a church wedding service planned, then bear in mind that you will not be using the church and the wedding reception venue at the same time. You can score an economy by simply asking friends to take the flowers from the church after the service and displaying them at your reception so you get more use from them.

8. The Wedding cake

The age-old tradition of having rich fruit wedding cakes is passing, so you may want to consider having only the top tier of your cake made of rich fruit cake, with the other tiers made from sponge cake. If you do not intend to keep the top tier after the wedding, then you could have the whole cake made in sponge, or dispense with a top tier completely.

Do you know someone who is good at baking cakes or cake decoration? You could ask them to provide your wedding cake as their wedding gift, or maybe purchase plain white iced sponge cakes from a supermarket and have them decorate them for your wedding cake. Rented cake stands are available should you need them.

9. Professional Wedding Planner

It’s your wedding, you know what you want, you know your budget, so why would you want to allocate a percentage of your wedding day spend to a wedding planner? Planning and arranging your own wedding is fun and a memorable achievement. Unless you are a big celebrity, professional footballer or huge personality (in which case you probably wouldn’t be looking for money saving tips!) then handling all of the planning and bookings for your wedding day is a satisfying and economic task to undertake.

10. Restrict The Number Of Bridesmaids

Most brides dream of a big fairytale wedding, gliding down the aisle in a long flowing wedding dress supported by flower girls, page boys and lots of bridesmaids to meet her Prince Charming. But reality is often different! Before you make a list of all the candidates for your bridal entourage pause a while and consider the cost of doing so.

Each individual bridesmaid will add a cost to your wedding. Each will need a dress, shoes and accompaniments, each will need to be included in rehearsals and rehearsal dinner, hen night, etc. and each, of course, will need to be catered for at your reception. Just a few, maybe two or three, bridesmaids will give you a small intimate group and your special invitation to them will be far more meaningful.

For your wedding day, apply the K.I.S.S rule: Keep It Simple and Stylish. It’s YOUR special day, have it YOUR way – and ENJOY IT!

 

Tips for Beach Wedding Dress

So you’ve decided on a Hawaiian wedding theme and now you need to find beach wedding dresses that go with your Hawaiian beach theme. Or maybe you are planning a beach style wedding elsewhere (not actually on the beach in Hawaii), wherever that may be. It’s easy to bring Hawaii to any beach or even to your own back yard. And it all starts with the correct choice of Hawaiian wedding attire suitable to wear on the beach not only for yourself and your bridesmaids but the complete bridal party.

While a wedding on the beach may sound like a unique concept, it has been happening on various beaches of the world. A lot of brides are opting for exotic beach locations for their weddings instead of a traditional church wedding. In order to pick the right bridal attire for a particular wedding, you will need to consider many different elements. This can depend on the location, season and local practices or customs as well as the type of beach itself can be a important factor when selecting Hawaiian beach wedding dresses.

Hawaii is well-known for being laid-back and casual, so why not apply the same attitudes toward your wedding? It’s not uncommon for couples getting married on the beach to throw tradition to the wind and dress down.

While nothing could be more romantic than a traditional Hawaiian wedding dress known as a “Holoku”. The Hawaiian Holoku, a formal Hawaiian gown with a train, is also a gorgeous choice as a Hawaiian wedding gown for those who would like authentic Hawaiian wedding wear. The Holoku is an elegant, and conservative, formal tea dress, with its high neck, long sleeves, and lace. Maile, the character in Blue Hawaii who married Elvis at the end of the movie, wore a Holoku as her wedding gown as Elvis and Maile serenaded each other with the Hawaiian wedding song as they floated down a river on a canoe toward wedded bliss.

There are wedding gowns, that are specially designed for brides who wish to have a informal wedding especially for the beach. They are unusually free flowing, with simple lines, sometimes very colorful and definitely a far call from conventional. There are designers who specialize in beach wedding dresses with a Hawaiian theme. And even you do not want to get a designer wedding dress you could just get yourself a comfortable beach dress that you are comfortable wearing and get married.

A wedding on the beach does not permit you to wear those long flowing wedding gowns, with a 15ft trailing veil, they are best left for the more traditional church wedding. Hawaiian themed weddings can be more of a casual setting, allowing you set the mood for a fun relaxed day. While out in the sun with a small tent erected, you would want to wear something that matches this setting. After all a marriage ceremony is not sanctified on what beach wedding dress or gown you wear or where you get married. With a wedding on the beach you can be as formal or as casual as you like, they’re really are no golden rules, times are simply changing giving brides the chance to truly personalize her own special day.

It is all about marrying the right person in the setting that suits you most, and what an ideal setting, sand between your toes, the sun shinning upon you both, with the waves of the sea lashing against the shore. And, if you are wearing the right kind of beach wedding dress you could ask the priest to sanctify your marriage out on the shores edge, with gentle waves splashing around your ankles as you exchange rings and say ‘i do’. Doesn’t that sound picture perfect, so romantic…

Beach themed weddings s are popular at many romantic resorts in Hawaii some other popular wedding locations include (in no particular order) the Caribbean, Tahiti, Fiji, the Bahamas, Florida, California, Mexico, Costa Rica, Australia and South of France.

Top tips to consider when looking at Hawaiian beach wedding dresses.

The exact location of the beach chosen for the wedding may dictate, to some extent, what to wear to a wedding on the beach; for example, is the beach windy? If so, long, floaty dresses, with long veils (or loose hairstyles) may prove troublesome and a shorter, close fitting wedding dress may be more practical.

Take the time to find out what is the true color of the sand, as white sand is the best as this will not stain your wedding dress. Some sand can leave a horrible yellow stain on your wedding dress. It is advisable to wear a 3/4 length wedding dress if this is the case.

Most brides will also want to have their wedding photos taken on the beach, so it is strongly advisable to check out what type of sand is found at the location you have selected before you decide on the length of your Hawaiian wedding dress.

In any wedding that is going to be on the beach, sand is a important factor that you can not escape. When selecting a wedding dress to wear on the beach, you need to take into consideration that sand will find its way into every possible spot it can. Avoid selecting a beach wedding dresses that have lots of folds, pleats, or even lots of lace that sand can get trapped in.

Is there shade on the beach where the wedding is taking place? If not, you might want to consider a wide brimmed hat as part of your Hawaiian wedding attire to protect you and your beach bridal party from the sun.

Will the wedding take place on the sand or in a wedding gazebo? Sandals or flip flops (which can be very stylish) may be more appropriate than high heels or closed shoes if walking through sand is likely. You will notice in many Hawaiian wedding photos that the bride is even barefooted adding that extra casual feel to the day.

Lets not forget the wedding photos. Having you and your husband frolicking in the waves, or standing on the shore edge looking into the sunset, these romantic photos success will depend on what type of dress you are wearing. A bride trying to hold up a hooped wedding dress standing in the surf doesn’t make the best photo shot. But I am sure it can be done, but not the best scenario.

 

Tips To Get Memorable Wedding

He has asked for your hand in marriage and you have finally said, “Yes.” Wow what a fantastic feeling, as this is the start of your new life as a couple. After the celebrations have subsided and all your family and friends have showered you with congratulations and prior to that much awaited big day, both of you have so many decisions to make and wedding related tasks to complete in harmony.

Planning in advance of what you need to do for your wedding day is the answer to stress free preparing for your wedding day. As planning your wedding together should be so much fun, enjoyable and equally as memorable as your big day. So your starting point should be both of you putting together a wedding timetable and assigning responsibility for each aspect of this timetable to each other – sharing is caring. What I am going to give you is a short list of wedding related tasks as well as a rough estimate of when the activities should be done. I will present you with tips and guidelines to keep you organized and help you think of everything that you must take into consideration in the course of planning for your wonderful memorable Wedding day. These are mere suggestions which should help you to adapt the correct mindset and get you organised. I find it is always better to have suggestions to work from as opposed to a blank sheet so my suggestions will help you both agree on the perfect schedule of activities that you both need to decide on – depending on your priorities.

Let me start at the Time of the Engagement – What ever you do don’t forget to tell both parents first cause forgetting to do that would get you both off to a slow start. So you must tell your parents the happy news as soon as possible.

– A wedding planner is a great idea and not that expensive, especially when you consider a good experienced wedding planner can find everything you require for your wedding at the right price which could result in saving you lots of money. The wedding planner is also great for helping you keep track of all the appointments, payments and other wedding related activities that you must attend to.

– No doubt you had your photo taken at the time of the engagement well that is a great idea and a great keepsake. If you did not have it taken on the day then go to a professional photographer and get it taken by him/her and yes while you are there check the photographer out for your own wedding day.

6 to 12 Months In Advance Before the Big Day

Step 1: Pick your wedding date. First thing to do is to decide what time of the year you wish to get married and pick the wedding date. Bear in mind getting married in the summer time can be more expensive when organising venues etc. I would suggest spring, early autumn or Christmas time are great times for a wedding and would certainly cut the cost considerably.

Step 2: Book the church, registry office, or wherever you decide to have the wedding ceremony. Again remember a church wedding needs to be booked three months in advance. Second thing to be considered is where are you going to get married – chapel, church, registry office, hotel, back garden – the decision is yours. Now that you have the date and the location of your ceremony planned – next step is to decide on where you wish to have your wedding reception.

Step 3: Book the wedding reception. Take your time on this one especially in this climate as most businesses are crying out for weddings so therefore that puts you in the driving seat so shop around and see who can give you the best deals. Don’t be driven by cost remember it is your wedding day and the venue is something that you want everyone in attendance to enjoy and talk about for months afterward. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear people saying that was the best wedding venue I was at, the food was great etc.. Consider your budget when deciding on your wedding venue.

Step 4: Establish your budget and stick to it. Now it is time to consider the size of the wedding you are planning and who must you have at the wedding and who you wish to invite. My advice to you is to start your list with the people you want.

Now we are getting into the detail of what you need to support your day e.g. photographer, florists, musicians, caterer etc.

Step 5: – Look around for a photographer – again they are plentiful and pick one you like.

Step 6: – yes a florist is also important and you must have a good rapport with him/her. Perhaps even consider making your own wedding bouquet.

Step 7: Your music is extremely important as this sets the tone, the mood, the fun, and the enjoyment levels for your wedding so choose carefully, if you are going to have either a DJ or a band make sure that you hear them at another venue in advance and only then decide if this is/are the musician/s for you.

Step 8: Perhaps you are going to organise your own food well then choosing a caterer is an important decision for both of you to make and again find out where they are catering and go and taste the food and get feedback from the guests at this caterer reception. Most important that you obtain estimates for these services. If you are booking your reception at a hotel where the food is provided make sure you go for a taster menu in advance prior to making the booking.

Step 8: To be sure you get the gifts that you want leave a gift list with your favourite department store.

Step 9: Have fun picking the wedding dress just for you, this does not have to be expensive as long it looks fantastic on you to the extent of turning heads when you walk down that aisle, up that garden, or into that registry office. If you are planning on getting your wedding dress made now is a good time to start this process. Once again need I remind you that you must have a good rapport with the seamstress you pick and also make sure that she/he has a good reputation. Find out who they have made dresses for already and go and view them. Remember several fittings may be required for this.

Step 10: Time to consider what colours and style of dresses you wish your bridesmaids to wear. The style should be complimentary to your own wedding dress. Set a date by which these need to be ordered.

4 to 6 Months In Advance Before the Big Day

Step 1. Now is the time for both of you to consider ordering your wedding invitations, stationery and thank you notes – this is one place that you could save money as you can make these yourself or get someone to make them for you at half the cost of what they are to buy in the shops.

Step 2. At this stage you will have decided on your photographer, your florist, your musician, and choice of food whether it will be complete by a caterer or be part of the venue you have selected. Go over all the details with each of these services to make sure that everything is as agreed upon. I would do this more than once.

Step 3. Grooms have the life, they have two decisions to make when it comes to their attire – do I rent a tuxedo or buy a new suit. I believe it is best to hire a tuxedo for groom, best men, and fathers of both bride and groom as there are great styles out there now and the wedding party looks so much better in the photographs this way.

Step 4. Now for the fun bit arranging the honeymoon, where to go, for how long etc. once this is decided then go ahead and make those reservations. Remember this will be the holiday of your dreams so make it a romantic one.

Step 5. Now it is time to confirm the delivery of the bridal gown and the bridesmaids dresses.

Step 6. What about the mother of the bride and the groom – ask them do they need help in choosing their wedding outfits. It is tradition that the mother of the bride wears the same colour of the bridesmaids.

2 Months In Advance Before the Big Day

Step 1. Excitement is building the big day is getting closer so it is time to plan your rehearsal dinner.

Step 2. Perhaps you have some guests coming from far and wide – If so you may need to secure accommodation for them or an even better idea is to put suggested accommodation into the invitations and let them book their accommodation themselves.

Step 3. Make an appointment with your photographer to discuss where and when you want him to be on the day to capture the best bridal portraits for you.

Step 4. What about the cake – choose a cake type that you enjoy and make sure that you order the wedding cake right now.

1 Month In Advance Before the Big Day

Step 1. It is getting closer and closer, at this stage you will probably already have decided on your wedding band set so now is the time to collect them and put them away safely.

Step 2. Send out the wedding invitations plus the R.S.V.P. with an self addressed envelope and remember to put a selection of accommodation into them for those guests who wish to stay over.

Step 3. Check the apparel for the wedding party – at this stage everyone should be dressed to perfection with matching accessories, shoes, bags, etc.

Step 4. Assign the role of organising your bachelor and hen’s parties to the bridesmaid/s and bestman/men.

2 Weeks Before the your wonderful Wedding day.

Step 1. Ensure that you have got your marriage license and any other legal documents in order for your wonderful wedding day.

Step 2. If the bride is going to change her name then it is time for you to order a new passport, make the relevant changes to your name and address on bank accounts and any other official documents.

Step 3. It is now time to test what wedding hairstyle and make up you wish to use on the day and have a practise run at this to see how the entire image suits you. Again grooms relax no need for you to do this.

Step 4. Double check with the wedding venue that all is as expected as this point.

Step 5. Go on a pleasure shopping trip to purchase the relevant gifts for your bridemaid/s, bestman/men and attendants. Don’t forget to buy each other a gift for that day too.

1 Week Before your special Wedding day.

Step 1. Ensure you have everything ready that you need to take with you on your honeymoon packed at this stage. Caution – do take the correct amount of kgs in fact take less than you are allowed to leave room to bring back some lovely souvenirs from your honeymoon location.

Step 2. Wrap all gifts for the groom, bride, and attendants. (keep each others gifts as a surprise for the day.

Step 3. Now it is time to schedule the wedding rehearsal – make this a fun day / evening. Relax you are almost there.

Step 4. Make sure everybody knows, especially the wedding party, of the exact time and place for your wonderful occasion on the wedding day.

On your memorable wedding day.

Step 1. Start the day by getting up early and meditating to help you relax. See wedding fitness on my need help with weddings site.

Step 2. Make sure you eat a good breakfast – make the breakfast fun by having your immediate wedding party join you at the breakfast table.

Step 3. Have the hairstylist and make up artist arrive to your house at least 2 and half hours before you are due to leave.

Step 4. Take time out with you Mum or someone close to you to share a special moment.

Step 5. Relax this is your day, which you have well planned, so enjoy every minute of it.

 

How To Arrange Your Wedding Budget

Your wedding is one of the most important days in your life. You would obviously want it to be special and memorable. That however does not imply that you can afford to empty the savings from your bank balance on it. As a smart bride to be, you can plan your wedding in such a way that you cut down on unnecessary expenditure. Presetting a budget will help ensure that you don’t overspend and regret it later. If your folks are paying for a part of the wedding, ask them to specify the budget they have in mind. If you and your fiancé are paying for the wedding without any financial assistance, take a hard look at your savings, and come up with an amount which both of you would feel comfortable spending. Avoiding unrealistic demands and being practical in certain aspects is the key to managing the budget.

It wouldn’t hurt to fix a budget, even if you can afford to spend lavishly. You can gift each other an extended honeymoon or have a holiday with the amount saved. A low cost wedding does not mean compromising on style and comfort. Sticking to a budget requires you to use your imagination and think outside the box. You can always ask friends and family to pitch in with ideas, while you do your own research. With the combined efforts of everyone, your wedding can be an occasion to remember for all.

Ways to be constructive in your spending:.

List the various expenses and assign a priority to each item on the list. Categorise the items in your wedding wish list into what you must have, what would be good to have and what you can do without. Allocate a percentage of your expenses to each important aspect, which should be a defined amount. Be prepared to reallocate funds if you overshoot expense in a category and spread it out over the other categories.

The smartest move would be to start planning early. As an early bird, you can easily get the worm. When you have considerable time at hand, you can browse multiple options, compare shops and negotiate till you get the best deals.

Wedding planner

Right at the beginning, opt for the services of a professional wedding planner. Discuss your wedding budget with them. Planners have contacts and expertise which can prove to be immensely useful in getting you get discounts that will keep your expenses under control. Your planner will help you save effort as well as money by helping you get in touch with a network of service providers within the budget you specify.

Wedding date

The date of your wedding also needs to be factored in as part of your wedding expenditure. A technique that is most commonly used is to get married in an off season. Another option is to get married on a weekday if you choose to get married during the wedding season This will make it easier to book a venue and negotiate prices. The service providers and vendors will also be more attentive and accommodating considering you will be one of their few clients at that time.

Wedding invitations

When selecting wedding invitations look for those which serve the purpose and are cost effective. Alternatively, you can design your own invitations by purchasing blank stationary in the desired colour and personalise the words. Response cards and thank you cards also need to be considered when setting your wedding budget. You can design these along with your invitation cards. It is good manners to acknowledge presents and those who have taken the time to attend your wedding.

Guest list

The number of guests is directly proportional to the expense of your wedding. It is the biggest piece in your wedding expense pie. Cut down on your guest list if you would like to save some costs. Share the day with your nearest and dearest ones. Avoid inviting those who are acquaintances and haven’t spoken to you in a long while. Remember, while you may want everyone to share your happiness, each additional guest adds a definitive figure to your wedding budget.

Travel and Accommodation

Rent all the cars for the wedding from the same individual or company so as to get a good deal. Request your close friends who have cars to pick up family and friends if required, to further curtail costs.

You may have dreams of going in a limousine; however you can consider renting out a slightly smaller car. Still better, you could decorate the most luxurious car available in the family and put it to good use. After all, you will use the car for only about an hour or so and this alone can help release the burden on your wedding budget..

Wedding dress

Dresses can cost you a bomb, if you don’t take care in making a choice keeping your wedding budget in mind. Keep an eye out for clearance sales, which will help you pick stuff that you like at discounted prices. You can purchase a plain gown and use your ideas to accessorise it with lace, sequins, beads, etc. If you have your heart set on being draped in the most gorgeous looking designer wedding gown, consider renting one of these. If you are working with a budget and don’t wish to settle on an off the rack dress, this option could work out well for you. Even if you do not have a budget in mind, don’t purchase a dress instantly after trying it on. Visit different stores to get a better idea and compare the dress styles, fabrics and prices before selecting one. A little extra effort taken here will ensure that you look like a princess without burning a hole through your pocket.

The Venue

The ceremony and reception venue is the second vital factor, after the guest list, which contributes to your wedding expense. The venue is usually chosen depending on the number of guests invited to your wedding. A home wedding can be the key driver in lowering the cost of your wedding. So, make sure you use the space if you have it. Select a venue after ensuring it has all the necessary facilities such as tables, chairs, in house venue decorator, etc. Having everything under one roof will save the cost of searching for each of these separately and negotiating their hire cost. Make sure you are not paying more for the venue because it is in demand on a particular date or during a season. Consider an alternative date, if the venue is available at a more cost effective rate.

Floral Decoration

A grandiose entrance, fancy table centrepieces, a beautiful backdrop for the couple, the bouquets carried by the bride and bridesmaids; all contribute to the cost of decoration. Using flowers that are in season and purchasing them in bulk will help to save a chunk of your expense. Alternatively consider using balloons which are just as colourful and look festive as well.

Theme

Wedding themes are designed to stand out and add a personal touch to the event. This in turn means it would add to your expenses. However, that does not mean your wedding would be any less memorable if you do not have a theme.

Food and Drinks

Along with the venue, comes the expense of the wedding meal and drinks. The meal servings should be adequate in quantity and sumptuous in nature. It is not essential to have an elaborate layout of multi-cuisine delicacies; a meal served gracefully with the right combination of delicacies will by and large be appreciated if it suits the taste buds of your guests. When it comes to the wedding alcohol, you need to make sure that the guests have adequate options; look at a combination of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Arrange for a mix of beer, wine and champagne for toasting. Consider serving limited number of drinks, instead of having a full bar at the wedding. You can include a personalised cocktail to match the wedding theme, which will be highly appreciated.

Wedding cake

The type of cake, the number of tiers, its base and icing; all determine the cost of the cake and must be taken into consideration when choosing your wedding cake. You can have a customized or readymade cake for your wedding, depending on the funds you have set aside for it. It is possible that someone from your friends and family would not mind making one for you as a wedding present.

Photographer

Finding a videographer and photographer, who will capture your moments for you at a cost that fits your budget shouldn’t be a difficult task. Get references from recently married family and friends. Do not make hasty decisions about on getting frames and extravagantly designed wedding albums; there is plenty of time for these later. A photographer who will include a DVD of all photos in their price is well worth considering as you can do what you wish with them, then.

Entertainment

Entertainment is an optional aspect, when it comes to completing your wedding arrangements. Include it only if you have an amount to allocate to it after budgeting for the more essential aspects. If entertainment is a must have for you, look at cost effective options. You do not essentially need a live band or a DJ to play music that soothes or entertains your guests. Ask a friend to help you put together a collection of favourite music that would suit the occasion. You can stream it using your own player or use the sound system if the venue has one to offer.

Wedding Favours

Wedding favours are another aspect that needs to be considered. Extravagant gifts will make a dent in your wedding budget. You can skip this expense completely or choose gifts which are not too lavish yet serve the purpose.

Miscellaneous

Another expense would be the fee paid to the priest/clergy/celebrant who conducts the wedding ceremony. Instead of the priest, you can choose a person close to both of you, (who is a marriage celebrant) from within your circle of family and friends to do the honours. Being pronounced ‘man and wife’ by someone dear to you, will not only reduce costs, it will make the moment eternally special for you as well as your guests.

You should have written contracts/ agreements for huge expenses and read the fine print on refund, delay and cancellation policies. After the wedding; take care to return the rented stuff at the appropriate time. Fines and penalties imposed due to delay add to the expenditure and can be avoided.

A wedding is a joyous occasion to celebrate the union of two people in love. Your near and dear ones are present to bless you and wish you the best in life. Your wedding will not be judged based on how much you spend on it; it will be memorable if your guests feel special and well taken care of. Remember you two are beginning a new chapter of your life; spend only what is necessary and save the rest for your future.