In honor of April Fool’s Day, here are some wedding planning tricks to help you save.
Fabulous Fare for a Fair Price
Choose food that goes a long way. An Asian cuisine spread uses a lot of rice and noodles. When displayed creatively, this option may look expensive but is actually quite reasonable. Pasta with flavorful sauces, good old-fashioned potatoes and unique but tasty risotto are all great economical options as well.
Choose flowers that are in season and ask a florist to create one floral arrangement that you can mimic on your own.
Cutting the Cost of Cake
Stick with regular cake flavors and less labor-intensive frosting options like butter cream or whipped frosting. Although the look of fondant can be amazing, you can have beautiful wedding cakes without it for much less. Topping your cake with an inexpensive wedding cake top adds an extra touch while staying within your budget.
A New View on Venues
Choose one location for your ceremony and reception to avoid site fees and transportation costs. Also, check out colleges and public parks/spaces for reasonably priced options.
The Young but Experienced
When hiring a photographer, consider hiring an associate photographer. Some professionals will contract out the photographer working under them for a discounted rate. But don’t worry, associate photographers are very skilled and have valuable experience working with the head photographer.
Love your Wedding Invitation
Many online websites offer free wedding invitation samples so you can check out the quality of the paper and printing before placing your entire order.
Making a Scene
Lush greenery offers a naturally elegant décor option for your reception venue and is often just as eye-catching as flowers, but less expensive. Use greenery to create an atmosphere that is relaxed and peaceful or exotic and original.
Tuned in to Technology
If you’re savvy with an iPod and know exactly what kind of music you want, rent some quality speakers, set up some lights and be your own DJ. You may want to ask a friend to be in charge of the music the night of your wedding, just in case.