You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on getting married.
While you may have spent most of your childhood dreaming up the perfect wedding, the reality is anything but. When you’re planning the wedding of your dreams, the costs can quickly add up and leave you looking at a bill that’s way over your budget.
Just because some things are a bit out of reach doesn’t mean that you can’t still have the wedding of your dreams. Let’s take a look at five awesome wedding party ideas under $10,000.
1. Prioritize the Meal
If you’re someone who has always envisioned only the best when it comes to the meal at your reception, there’s no reason why you can’t get away with this – but it may require some smart allocating of funds elsewhere.
If you want to keep your wedding budget under $10,000 and make sure everyone gets fed well, then we recommend finding bargains for parts of the wedding you’re not as worried about. For example, your wedding photographer doesn’t have to be expensive – you could even recruit a college graduate who would just love the experience. This way, you can put all of your photography funds into the reception dinner, and make it memorable.
2. Embrace Free Help
Most people have an army of sisters, friends, mothers, aunts, great-aunts, and even grandparents who are willing to give their two cents on the big day. However, you could use this to your advantage to make sure that you keep the wedding party under $10,000.
According to Sydney events company Polite Promotions, calling on friends and family for help is one of the most effective ways to keep your big day on a budget. After all, they are being wined and dined on your budget – they should be happy to help out. This can end up saving you a good bit of money – especially if they’re covering things like the invitations and floral arrangements.
3. Keep the Venue Remote
Here’s a little secret: non-wedding venues are going to be cheaper. The minute someone puts ‘wedding’ in their venue title, it’s going to cost you more. While you may like the idea of your venue having the ‘wedding’ label, it’s only going to end up costing you more and could bump you over $10,000.
Instead, try picking a venue that isn’t typically used for weddings. If you want to save even more on the venue, you could even go out on a limb and choose a non-weekend day to have your wedding. This is a great idea if you’re happy to get creative with the wedding venue and don’t mind it being on a weekday.
4. Go for Practical
When it comes to wedding party ideas, practical is going to take you further than a designer. While that gorgeous diamond ring of yours may be designer, this doesn’t mean that the cake has to be done by a famous baker. In fact, you could get lucky and find a cake that does match that ring – without the price tag.
While you still want the cake to taste good, you don’t necessarily have to pay for the design side of things. There are plenty of boutique cake shops and – dare we say it – places like Target who make a good enough cake to eat at your wedding reception.
5. Fit the Wedding Party Frugally
One of the things that may have featured in your wedding dreams the most is your wedding dress. When you were daydreaming away, did it fit within a $10,000 budget? It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to your dress and the dresses of your wedding party.
This is another great opportunity to do your research and find dresses for a lot less than they have to be. Just because they don’t have the big price tag doesn’t mean they’re not going to look good.
When it comes to your wedding and your wedding party, it can be difficult thinking about how you’re going to stick to a budget. However, it’s easier said than done, and if you’re flexible enough and willing to do your research, you could end up finding some gems that save you a lot of money.
What’s more, if you get your wedding party under $10,000, you’ve then got some to spare. The Bahamas for the honeymoon, perhaps?