How To Plan a Frugal (Not Cheap) Wedding

How To Plan a Frugal (Not Cheap) Wedding

Weddings mark the beginning of a new chapter in life, which is one of the things that make them important. It is everyone’s dream to have an unforgettable and beautiful wedding. However, this comes with a financial responsibility.

It is important that as people make wedding plans, they don’tland themselves in financial crisis. If you are planning a wedding, take time to assess the expenses and set a realistic budget. Here are ways you can plan a frugal wedding without spoiling the glamour.

Make early plans

Planning early allows you to get the timing right. Right timing comes with good deals. Note that the time of the year that you choose for your wedding will affect your budget. If you plan early, you will have a better opportunity to select dates that will work with your budget.

For instance, if you are having a destination wedding, you will have an opportunity to make your bookings in the off-peak season. When you have adequate time to do shopping, you will have time to look for the best bargains. Most of the wedding elements are expensive and you need more time to plan, and also come up with funds.

Have the wedding at home

You don’t have to do a destination wedding if it does not fit your budget. You can have the ceremony at home or an affordable outdoors space. This way, you will save significantly both on the venue and travel costs.

Note that venues often cover about a third of your entire wedding budget. Having it at home will allow you to have more funds for flower delivery, refreshments and entertainment, or a honeymoon in your dream destination.

You can request your family or friends that have plenty of space to accommodate you. You can also leverage public parks as they are available at a very small fee. There are many ways you can cut down on the venue costs.

Hire a wedding gown

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to have a beautiful gown for your wedding. Wedding gowns can be quite expensive and could take up a considerable percentage of your wedding budget. Renting a wedding dress is a smart way to look your best on your special day at a lower cost.

There are many companies and websites that offer these services. Some wedding gown rental companies offer packages that come with accessories, which will go further ahead in saving you money.

Note that with a rented gown, you will also not have to worry about storage space, dry cleaning and having something that you cannot wear again in your wardrobe.

Make your own invitation cards

While the amount may seem low compared to venue costs, wedding invitations will also eat up some money. On average, most people spend $600 on invitations. If you can do it yourself, then it means you have that amount to save and spend on something else instead.

Nice DIY invitations can cost about 10 percent of the above budget, which is significant saving. There are many wedding invitations DIYs online that you can use to design your cards.

Source your own refreshments and alcohol

The other area you can save some money is in refreshments. Hiring a wedding bartender can be costly, especially if they are coming with the drinks. Buy the drinks yourself and get someone to bartend. Family or friends can even offer to do it.


Having a wedding on a budget does not mean it has to be subpar. You can always have a glamourous wedding without spending too much.

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