Wedding seasons are different in each country. Some countries have it during and around the sunnier and more pleasant weather; while other countries focus more on holidays. Keeping this in mind, we are guessing that wedding season is soon approaching where ever you live at. But regardless to whether it’s the seasons for weddings or not, and regardless to where you live in and at; it is no doubt an expensive affair. Here are our tips on how to lower the costs of your special event by using the resources you have at hand.
A destination wedding? A family destination!
No doubt, the wedding reception venues are going to be one of the costliest parts of the wedding. If your family (or a friend) runs a restaurant; then ask them about hosting your reception there. Chances are that you might end up paying lesser (or nothing at all!) to them, compared to when you’d have to book a hotel for it. Remember to check the seating possibilities before you start making your guest list; to ensure you have enough space for all your guests.
Calling all bakers and chefs of the family…!
Now that you have an idea about the function venue, on to the rest of the big costs! If you have friends or family who can help you with the catering, then this will help you lower the costs as well. Even if all they can help is with the wedding cake, be very happy. The cake alone costs a great deal. And if you’re planning on having a simple and intimate “destination” wedding at a family home, getting help on the reception food works out well for everyone.
…and the musicians and the photographers too!
Every family has its own musicians. And with the new found “photographic freedom” we’ve achieved through smart phones; nearly everyone’s a photographer too. If you know anyone who has the skills but lacks the equipment; simply borrow or rent out the cameras and musical instruments that they may need to help you out. Also, as this is definitely your big day, ask you friend and family to “capture” special moments of it through their smart phones and email them to you. Alternatively, you can also create a hashtag especially for your wedding; this makes it easier to get a hold of all the pictures for corporate conference venues when they get uploaded on to social media.
Seamstress or tailor? Fashion designer it is!
Regardless to what they call themselves, if you know someone who’s brilliant with the needle and thread (and they’re not a doctor…!) then you can get their help, or hire them, to stitch your wedding dress. If you’re too nervous about handing over your dress to the amateurs, you can opt to get your bride’s maids’ dresses or flower girls’ dresses done through them instead.