Tips for having a stylish wedding on a budget – Blogpost 1

We all want a dream wedding.  Unfortunately weddings can become very expensive events. If you would rather save some money for your dream holiday, or first home, here are our tips for having a stylish wedding on a budget.

1. PRIORITISE

Instead of trying to save on every little thing, choose three items/areas that you feel passionate about, for example, the food, pretty stationery and a live band, and spoil yourself by splurging on these three items or areas, and then save on the rest. Otherwise you may feel like you have to compromise on everything and deny yourself the special celebration you really want.

2.  INVITE FEWER GUESTS

Probably the best way to have a stylish wedding on a budget,  is to keep the headcount down. Since you are paying per head for food, drinks, stationery and oftentimes the venue too, fewer guests mean more money in your pocket. Cut numbers by not inviting children and co-workers. And if you haven’t spoken to someone in a year, or do not have their number on your phone, maybe you should reconsider whether that person should be on your guest list.

3. DITCH THAT DOESN’T WORK FOR YOU

There are many traditions and elements attached to a wedding. If any of the traditions do not appeal to you as a couple, like having a bridal party, a garter, a wedding cake, save-the-dates or gifts for the guests, then don’t feel obliged incorporate them in your wedding celebrations. If it’s not important, don’t feel like you have to spend money on it.

4. MAKE USE OF TALENTED FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Once your beloved has slipped that ring on your finger, many friends and family members will offer to help you. If you have similar taste, and you felt that the offer was genuine, then make use of it, by all means. Using talented friends will not only save you a lot of money, but it can make for a more genuine and personal celebration and build-up to the big day. Remember if you are using friends and family to help you, be nice and make it fun for them to help you.

5. BORROW FROM FRIENDS

Think what you can borrow from friends and family, of course, within reason. Maybe your grandmother has a vintage purse, or your sister has a sparkly brooch that would finish off your look beautifully. Accessories and veils are easy to borrow as they are “one size fits all”. Also consider borrowing some decor items from friends and loved ones, rather than renting everything.

Stay tuned for Blogpost 2, 3 and 4 about having a stylish wedding on a budget.

About the author: Johan Strydom