Bud­get­ing – if money mat­ters

Bray People - - SPRING BRIDES -

TRUE ENOUGH, a wed­ding is the most dif­fi­cult event to plan and pre­pare for. And it gets even more chal­leng­ing if the bud­get is tight. But don't fret, we have come up with some tips to help you stay on track money-wise.

1. Limit your in­vites to the most im­por­tant peo­ple in your life. Less guests less ex­penses.

2. The venue eats up a huge per­cent­age of the bud­get so be wise and prac­ti­cal when se­lect­ing your venue. If pos­si­ble, have both the cer­e­mony and the re­cep­tion in one place to min­i­mize your cost.

3. Re­sist the urge to pick foods that are costly i.e. lob­sters, steaks. You can still im­press your guests with less ex­pen­sive food.

4. Keep your in­vi­ta­tion sim­ple. If you have the time or ex­tra help­ing hands, you may even want to con­sider mak­ing the in­vi­ta­tion your­self. You can get wed­ding in­vi­ta­tion kits from wed­ding sup­ply stores or even your lo­cal craft store.

5. When dec­o­rat­ing the venue, keep the use of flow­ers to a min­i­mum. They are costly. Use can­dles (they go a long way when it comes to giv­ing life to a venue), tulles and rib­bons as sub­sti­tutes.

6. While it is nice to be en­ter­tained by a live band, recorded mu­sic will do just fine.

7. Ask your­self if you re­ally want your wed­ding on a film. Will you spend some time af­ter the wed­ding to watch it? Or will the video end up in your grand­mother's chest in the at­tic?

8. Opt for a less ex­trav­a­gant cake. Get a 2-tiered cake in­stead of a 4-or 3-tiered cake. An­other op­tion is mini cakes ar­ranged in a lay­ered cake rack.

9. For­get about hir­ing a wed­ding plan­ner. You can still get the job done with the help of fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

10. In­stead of hir­ing a limou­sine, look for al­ter­na­tive means of trans­port i.e. a friend's Bent­ley, your fathers Mercedes.

11. Al­ways hag­gle for a lower price with the wed­ding ven­dors. Since they ex­pect some ne­go­ti­a­tions to hap­pen, they would most of­ten give a quote that is higher than what they are will­ing to ac­cept.

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