Getting married is certainly not as easy – or as cheap! – as it seems. The bigger picture may only present the venue, the reception, and the wedding ensembles to consider and budget for, but once you delve into the details of the planning, the amount of decisions that need to be made as well as the costs that add up may just give you reason to hold off or postpone the wedding. Say another year. Or two.
Budget, or lack thereof, may be a big problem, but it’s something that can definitely be worked around on. The venue and reception may be one of the biggest expenses you will encounter in setting up the big event, but the following ideas can certainly help in lightening your load of worries and make your big day happen.
A successful wedding depends on good planning and organization. When planning your wedding venue, put emphasis in setting goals and prioritizing. Would you prefer a big wedding but scrimp on location? Is having a great view and a wedding band up on the list of must-haves? Or would you want the food to be a lavish spread regardless of the venue? It’s important to draw up a list of the things you really want to have on your wedding venue. This way, you can splurge on the top priorities and save on your budget on the details that don’t hold much weight.
2. Set the date
Deciding on the date of your marriage ceremony isn’t as simple as just randomly picking a number off the calendar, especially if you’re working on a budget. For starters, avoid Saturday dates to hold your wedding. It may be the day that most of your family and friends are available, but that’s what makes it a popular day of choice for most people’s weddings as well. And because it’s a popular day of choice, venues tend to be more expensive on Saturdays. For that matter, it would be best to avoid summer dates as well, as summer is wedding season. Consider having an off-season wedding, say in November or January, for cheaper venue costs.
To get the best deals, try shopping around first. Also, consider getting an all-in package if it’s available, but be sure to calculate if the total price is reasonable as compared to just booking the venue alone. Once you’ve decided, never be afraid to negotiate for a better deal, especially if there are inclusions to the package that you would rather do without. Once you’re ready to pay for the booking, always ask if there is a discount offered in paying in full, as this could save you a few hundred dollars on venue costs.
4. Go with One
Rather than having the wedding ceremony and reception in two separate locations, consider having them both in one location. Not only will you be able to save on the cost of renting two separate venues, it also saves the hassle of having to transfer from one venue to another. Be sure to rent only the space you need for the number of guests you invited and are expecting to arrive, and try out newly-opened venues as these are more likely to offer discounts and low prices as a way to build up the reputation of their business.
5. Have a backyard?
When all else fails, and the venue of your choice is simply not available, consider your own backyard. Or your parent’s backyard. You’ll not only have the liberty of being able to decorate it to your heart’s content, but the best part about it is that it is absolutely free. If you’re idea of a great wedding is a simple and intimate ceremony with your loved ones, then getting married in your own backyard should give you that without you needing to stretch your budget.
Melissa Page is a professional writer who loves everything about weddings. She blogs for Music for Scotland, a premier live music agency who presents regular wedding band showcases in Glasgow. When she’s not busy writing, she hangs out with her friends in a coffee shop.