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How To Plan A Small Budget Wedding

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It's not always easy to plan the perfect wedding. Whether you are on a tight budget or just don't want to go into debt for your big day, there are ways to save money while still doing everything you want.

Simple steps like cutting down the guest list can save thousands, and now is the perfect time to plan an intimate wedding. You'll be able to spend more time with your nearest and dearest and never have to worry about entertaining people you hardly ever speak to.

You can also cut costs by choosing an off-season date, looking for deals on decorations online or simply cutting out the traditions that aren't meaningful to you. Ready to plan your perfect wedding without breaking the bank? Read on to learn our top tips!

Be Ruthless With The Guestlist

Food and drink are likely to be one of your biggest expenses. So one of the simplest ways to plan a budget wedding is to be selective with your wedding guest list.

Planning an intimate wedding not only cuts down on costs but also allows you to spend more time with your guests. So if you haven’t spoken to someone for more than 12 months, ask yourself if you really want to pay for them to attend your wedding.

By cutting down the guest list, you’ll also open up a world of possibilities for your venue. Intimate wedding venues like That Amazing Place allow you to focus on creating your perfect special day to celebrate your love.

Skip The Stationery

There's a big debate in the wedding community about whether or not stationery is even necessary. While some wedding guests love to receive physical invitations, others might say that it is an expensive waste. Think about who you are inviting and if they would be happy with an e-invitation and a wedding website.

Save the dates, invitations, the order of service, name card placeholders, and more can do serious damage to your budget. Skipping the invitations and keeping track of your RSVPs online is one of the easiest ways to save money.

Combine Services For A Better Deal

Choosing a different vendor for every service will hike up the overall cost. Instead, look for multitasking vendors that can help you save money. One of our favourites is Pictures and Petals. They provide floral arrangements and photography so that you can cut down on the number of individual suppliers.

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Get Creative With Your Venue

Your venue will be a significant expense, so make sure you consider the options available to you. For example, if you have a large home and garden, this could be the ideal option for an intimate wedding reception. County Marquees can help you to turn a simple garden into a truly romantic setting. They also offer additional equipment like tables, chairs and bars to complete your wedding venue.

Work With A Wedding Planner

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It might seem counter-intuitive to work with a wedding planner when you’re trying to keep costs down, but they often save you more money than they cost. Wedding planners have access to the best deals from vendors and will share their money-saving tips to help your budget go further.

Choose Second Hand And Vintage

Many couples will bundle up items they have collected for their wedding and sell them on auction sites like eBay. You could secure a lot of decor items for a fraction of the cost by snapping up these bundles. Choosing vintage wedding bands is another incredible way to save money on your wedding.

Alongside their bespoke wedding band service, Michael Frank Jewellers also offer vintage and second-hand wedding bands to help you cut costs. Another option would be to ask if there are family heirloom rings you can use in place of buying new ones.

Pick And Choose Your Traditions

You don’t have to observe every tradition on your wedding day, particularly if it doesn’t fit your budget. If you don’t want to spend a lot on an expensive cake, why not work with Very Vintage Tea Party to offer wedding catering with a difference? You can enjoy a buffet of sandwiches, cupcakes and scones in place of the usual wedding breakfast.

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Choosing a buffet over a sit-down meal is another excellent way to cut costs. This is ideal for an informal and intimate wedding, as it will allow your guests to mingle without feeling they are constrained to their table. Browse our selection of suppliers for more inspiration. And remember, if you choose a buffet, you can also do away with seating plans and place cards!

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