A wedding fit for a queen. All the decorations, at the best venue, the best location and the best meal. Then you look at your bank account and soon realize that your dream wedding might have to be just that……a dream. Or does it?
Obviously, if budget wasn’t an issue, everyone would be having their dream wedding with all the fixings. Unless your bank account looks like a social security number, this may not be a reality for you. However, there are ways that I’ve seen people do a bang up job while still being within “mere mortals’” budget.
If you want to save a few bucks, try looking at “unconventional” locations. I’ve photographed weddings at community centers and at parks. Be sure to check if the park will be closed to the public during your wedding. One of my weddings was done at the Kanapaha Botanical Garden in Gainesville, Florida. At this location, weddings take place after the park is closed. That way you wont have have uninvited guests ruining your special day.
2. Food and Decoration
Another area that can eat (pun intended) into your budget are the meals and decorations. Sometimes, depending on the size of your wedding, this can get costly….real quick. To save money, I’ve seen couples ask family members for help. You may have someone in your family that is awesome at baking. Ask them to bake a cake for you (and be sure to pay them). This was done at one of the weddings that I photographed, it was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had. Still, you may have a friend or family member that would give Martha Stewart a run for her money when it comes to decorations.
If none of these fit your situation, turn to the internet. There are tons of people out there with extraordinary talent that are looking to get a start and need the experience. Reach out to them (Craigslist, Facebook…etc.). If you use this option, arrange for a tasting/sampler or a consultation to ensure that you like the product before you commit. It shouldn’t have to be said, but I’ll say it , do not pay or sign a contract until you are completely satisfied.
3. Learn to DIY
If at all possible, learn to do a few things on your own. With youtube and other free content, you can learn how to do just about anything. I’ve seen brides doing their own hair and makeup, or making their own bouquet. Yes, this is yet another thing to do, but if it means saving a couple hundred dollars, it just might be worth it.