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7 Budget Wedding Ideas & Tips for Couples

Defining Your Dream: What Does a ‘Budget Wedding’ Mean to You?

The term “budget wedding ideas” would have a different meaning for every couple. For some, a wedding under $1000 would be budget-friendly, while for others, it could be under $5000. So, the first step is always to start by defining what this term means to you.

Have an open discussion with your partner on the minimum and the maximum amount you’re both willing to spend. If any other family members will be contributing, consider that amount as well to establish your total budget. 

The next step would be to identify and rank your priorities – What are the five most important things for both of you during this wedding? Rank them from 1 to 5, and then determine how much you’re willing to spend on these things.

Such exercises will help you allocate your budget more efficiently.  

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget?

Now, let’s take a look at some tried and tested budget wedding ideas, as shared by our event planners:

1 – Have a Micro Wedding

With the rising inflation, micro-weddings have pretty much become a huge trend. This involves celebrating your wedding in an intimate function with only your closest friends and family. 

Cavendish Banqueting can be the perfect place for such events, as we have hosted a number of intimate yet beautiful weddings in the last few years. 

2 – Plan & Book Ahead

Many couples now choose to make their wedding bookings as early as 12 to 18 months before their weddings as this allows them to save a significant amount on their venues and makeup artists. 

3 – Look for a Reasonably Priced Dress

While groom’s outfits are usually more affordable and available in all sorts of budgets, bridal outfits can cost an arm and a leg these days. 

This bride recently went viral on TikTok for her $47 wedding dress that she bought online from SHEIN. And you can see that she looked nothing less than spectacular. So try looking online for white dresses that you feel would work as wedding outfits. Look for cuts and shapes that you know work well for you.

4 – Have an All White Theme

This is one of the easiest wedding themes to go for and yet it looks incredibly elegant and the best part is that it can be done in all sorts of budgets. It’s a super sneaky way to save money.

If you want to take things up a notch, add some metallic accents to make it look even better. You can find loads of inspiration from Pinterest for this. 

5 – Delegate as Many Roles as You Can

Nowadays, it’s pretty easy to find people in your circle who offer their services at discounted rates (sometimes even for free). For example, we recently hosted a wedding event where the bride’s best friend did her makeup for free. Similarly, we often see friends of the bride/groom offer their photography services to the couple at a very affordable rate. 

So if you know anyone who can take up such tasks for you, getting in touch with them and see if they can help.

6 – Request Quotes from Different Suppliers

If you’re hiring a photographer or any other services, get quotes from different suppliers, look at their online reviews and their past work. Then, meet with 3-5 of the best ones that you shortlist, and finally, choose the one that most closely aligns with your budget and the one that you feel most comfortable with. 

7 – Try Thrift Stores & DIY for Decor

You won’t believe how many amazing things you can find online or in thrift stores to be used for decor. This can include lighting, artificial flower petals, candles, sheer fabrics and even archways. So, use your creative energies and see what you can come up with. 

Once again, Pinterest could be your best friend here, so try using it to make a mood board and then make a list of the things you need. 

Remember that at the end of the day, it’s more important to spend on your marriage than on your wedding day or wedding dress.

Any money you save today can be used on your honeymoon, new apartment or several other important things.

So plan wisely and get in touch with us if you need any help.