A grandiose entrance, fancy table centrepieces, a beautiful backdrop for the couple, the bouquets carried by the bride and bridesmaids; all contribute to the cost of decoration. Using flowers that are in season and purchasing them in bulk will help to save a chunk of your expense. Alternatively consider using balloons which are just as colourful and look festive as well.
Wedding themes are designed to stand out and add a personal touch to the event. This in turn means it would add to your expenses. However, that does not mean your wedding would be any less memorable if you do not have a theme.
Food and Drinks
Along with the venue, comes the expense of the wedding meal and drinks. The meal servings should be adequate in quantity and sumptuous in nature. It is not essential to have an elaborate layout of multi-cuisine delicacies; a meal served gracefully with the right combination of delicacies will by and large be appreciated if it suits the taste buds of your guests. When it comes to the wedding alcohol, you need to make sure that the guests have adequate options; look at a combination of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Arrange for a mix of beer, wine and champagne for toasting. Consider serving limited number of drinks, instead of having a full bar at the wedding. You can include a personalised cocktail to match the wedding theme, which will be highly appreciated.
The type of cake, the number of tiers, its base and icing; all determine the cost of the cake and must be taken into consideration when choosing your wedding cake. You can have a customized or readymade cake for your wedding, depending on the funds you have set aside for it. It is possible that someone from your friends and family would not mind making one for you as a wedding present.
Finding a videographer and photographer, who will capture your moments for you at a cost that fits your budget shouldn’t be a difficult task. Get references from recently married family and friends. Do not make hasty decisions about on getting frames and extravagantly designed wedding albums; there is plenty of time for these later. A photographer who will include a DVD of all photos in their price is well worth considering as you can do what you wish with them, then.
Entertainment is an optional aspect, when it comes to completing your wedding arrangements. Include it only if you have an amount to allocate to it after budgeting for the more essential aspects. If entertainment is a must have for you, look at cost effective options. You do not essentially need a live band or a DJ to play music that soothes or entertains your guests. Ask a friend to help you put together a collection of favourite music that would suit the occasion. You can stream it using your own player or use the sound system if the venue has one to offer.