How to plan a wedding on a small budget?

January 11, 2021

Congratulations, you are getting married! You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and you’re in seventh heaven. You’ve always fantasized about that special day, and now it’s time to make it happen.

Sometimes the things and ideas we have imagined can lead to spending a lot of money, but that doesn’t mean you have to give them up if they don’t fit your budget. With a good plan and organization, you can prepare a dream wedding on a small budget. In this blog, we bring you a few ideas on how to organize a cheap wedding.

Determine the budget you have

For starters, sit down and set a budget with your partner. Agree on how much money you are willing to spend and always keep in mind that it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean you have to squander all your money on that day.

Of course, certain budget deviations are possible. There will be unexpected costs, so be flexible, don't let that surprise you and be ready to welcome them. Make sure to keep your budget open to a slight increase (we recommend about 10% variation).

For starters, sit down and set a budget with your partner

Of course, you may come to understand that the expenses of the wedding surpass your incomes. But, you’re not the only one looking forward to getting married. Maybe, the people who are looking forward to your wedding the most are your parents. Therefore, if necessary, don’t be afraid to ask them if they want to help financially

Also, don’t be surprised if they may not be able to afford the extra cost right now. Maybe they just don’t want to interfere, but it doesn’t hurt to ask, right?

Keep the guest list intimate

Once you have determined the budget you have, it’s time to plan out the event. Except you two lovebirds, the most important thing are the guests. One of the biggest things to impact your wedding budget is the number of guests you are inviting. That means you can reduce your wedding costs by inviting fewer people. It may seem like it’s not easy to invite only the closest circle of people, but it’s actually much easier than you think. We already wrote a piece about wedding trends in 2021 and microweddings are certainly one of these trends. That means that actually small weddings are becoming the “new normal”.

Bond with every and each of your guests

Often at large weddings, you end up inviting people you rarely see or even hang out with at all, just because you felt obligated to do that due to traditions. We all know that everybody perceives weddings as extravagant events. But, to reduce the costs, just focus on close relatives and friends. While it may seem difficult, guests who are not on the list will understand if you explain that you are doing a little intimate wedding. That way, you’ll reduce the costs of the wedding and on the upside, you’ll have time to bond with every and each of your guests.

At the end of the day, you’ll relax and have more fun with your loved ones and closest ones than with your mom’s yoga classmate or co-worker who isn’t your favorite person in the world anyway.

Cheap wedding venues

One of the biggest wedding reception costs for sure is the wedding venue. To reduce the cost of renting an event venue to a reasonable price that suits your budget, be creative. A great idea is a backyard wedding. As you have already decided to invite your closest relatives and friends, the best place to invite them to is your home. What’s there not to love about a backyard wedding. It’s very intimate and it reduces the costs greatly. What’s more you can decorate the venue yourself. Check out these 5 DIY event decoration ideas.

When throwing a backyard wedding, don’t forget to cover your yard. A tent doesn’t just protect you from the rain. It will also protect you from the sun and even the wind, maybe a few curious birds in the sky too. Decorate it with string lights, balloons and flowers. Take advantage of the natural environment and turn your yard into a dreamy wedding venue. If you need more great ideas, we invite you to check out our Pinterest.

It is becoming increasingly popular to hold a wedding ceremony and the reception at the same place. This way you will avoid paying two seats, but also save on appetizers and drinks during the wait. Also, there is no cost of renting a limousine and transporting your guests from one place to another.

If you still want to freshen up the wedding and organize a reception in a new unfamiliar location, depending on where you live, explore smaller places that you can rent and decorate within your budget. To simplify finding a third-party venue, you can use Spotfood. Just describe your needs and start getting vendor quotes within the platform.

Wedding preparation

Nowadays, everybody uses their smartphones, computers or other means of technology, so it’s a good idea for you to use this to your advantage and make your invitations online. It will drastically reduce your material costs, printing, sending and, the best of all, it will save you time. There are various sites where you can buy templates and completely customize them to your liking. You can also use Spotfood to find vendors that fit your budget and can make your wishes come true.

A wedding dress, suit or a tux can be very expensive. Don't buy it in your local wedding stores. Instead, you can find them in second-hand stores. You will find beautiful wedding dresses and suits. If you need, you can fix all the flaws with a local tailor. In most cases, this turns out to be a cheaper solution. If you are concerned by second-hand clothes hygiene, everything sold there is chemically cleaned and looks new. If you want, you can also sell the wedding attire after the ceremony.

And if you want a new wedding dress or suit, there is a way to save money on these too. There are a lot of sales and discounts and you can buy new attire at half price. All you have to do is to follow-up on seasonal discounts or subscribe by email to one of the wedding clothing stores. That way, you’ll be the first to receive notifications about upcoming deals. So, to save money, you simply have to start planning in time.

Make your invitations online

Another way to save money when planning out a wedding is to ask friends and relatives to help you and participate more in the wedding. Surely, you have a creative friend who loves baking cakes and pastries, an unsuspecting interior designer cousin, an amateur aunt florist, a hairdresser and make-up cousin, an enthusiastic DJ and a great photographer. Third-party vendors are a great option if they fit your budget, but someone you know may also do the trick.

DIY whatever you can. That way, the wedding will be even more special.

Relax and enjoy

Remember, this is the day when you and your partner get married and that makes it the most special day in your relationship.

Even a small wedding with a small budget can be stylish and beautiful, just be yourself and as creative as possible. The most important thing that remains for the rest of your life are memories with your loved ones. You can make them special without a big budget. Just start planning on time and focus on the little things that make up a big picture.