Your Big Day has to involve Big calculations, but don't worry..here is a list of smart wedding budget tips for you to control your expenditure by sticking to your budget and spending each rupee wisely!
Get down with your exact budgets before making any plans. It's not fun to make big plans and then have to cancel them because you can't afford them---going into your planning with a specific amount in mind can save you a lot of headache.
- TAKE CALL ON IMPORTANT THINGS
Choose your top priorities and allocate a little extra money for them (i.e., wedding dress, catering, and band). Next, take the things that come lowest on your priority list (maybe style, flowers, cake, invitations), and budget accordingly.
The choice of venue also determines the wedding costs. In case you are going for some of the five star hotels, this cost will rise exponentially. This is not the only way to make the wedding day remarkable. If you have a good choice, you can arrange for some public parks and the beach side areas where the wedding can be much more special than even expected.
Keep your vendors well informed about your budgets, it will make it easier for them to work within or else they can recommend the ones who will be able to.
It may be painful, but the simple truth is that there is no quicker, easier way to control your budget than by limiting the size of the event. Again, your single biggest cost will be reception food and alcohol, so you can reduce that expenditure by paring down the number of mouths. Remember: single guests who aren't in a serious relationship can be invited solo; you may invite parents only; and you need not invite anyone who you haven't spent time with in the last five years -- even if they invited you to their wedding.
- SELECT LOCAL & SEASONAL FLOWERS
If you do so, you'll probably find you can save considerably on cost -- especially if you make it clear with your florist that cutting cost is a high priority. Availability and price vary from city to city, and region to region, but you'll probably find that marigolds, gerbera, carnations and chrysanthemums are your best priced flowers. Avoid orchids -- they're widely available but pricey.
It's not a good idea to go over your budget or go into debt in order to pay off your wedding. Beginning a married life together is a difficult transition as it is, and having a debt because of your wedding only adds to the financial problems.
The whole world is online today. The telephonic or online invitations are deemed to be much more cost- effective and you can avoid the rather unnecessary costs on postage at least by not sending the invitation cards to all.
It is your wedding and you know where and how much to spend. You can try bargaining for some things with your vendors.
It is always better to show up the talent at the right place. You can always ask your friends for help or advice if they have the skills that can help you during or while planning your wedding.
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