You can plan a wedding for under a grand and it can still be beautiful and unique
When some people hear the word ‘wedding’ they don’t think of a white dress, a blushing bride, silly, sentimental speeches and a tower of diabetes-imbued cake. They think of the bank-busting five-figure number that comes along with it.
But it doesn’t need to be five figures. It doesn’t even need to be four. You can plan a wedding for under a grand and it can still be beautiful and unique. But first things first, you can’t be precious about it. You have to be prudent. Nobody ever had a wedding in a Vivienne Westwood dress for under a grand. So if you’re looking for grandeur, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for personal, we’ve got you covered.
Check the guest list
Keep it simple. Keep it intimate. Lots of people equals lots of money. Ask yourself, does your great Aunt Muriel really need to see you get married? Are you going to spend a lot of time with those distant relations whose names you barely recall? Don’t be tricked into inviting everyone because it’s ‘polite’. This is your wedding. It is special. Invite special people.
Ask for help
Be creative. Call in favours. Delegate. Know someone who is a bit arty? Ask if they’ll make your invitations. You could even go digital to get rid of them completely, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share information before and after your wedding. (Or, you know, get your popup-site on and make sure your wedding is the most surprisingly tech-savvy event since your Nan purchased a Nintendo Wii.)
Turn mountains into molehills
Buy or make cheap decorations. Shop for your wedding dress on eBay (and get a seamstress or a trustworthy friend to fix it to your size). Got friends that own a restaurant or bar? Perhaps one of your family members has a big garden? Have the celebration there. Got a friend who likes to cook or bake? You know what to do.
Location, Location, Location…
Churches and halls can quickly eat away your budget. But if a church wedding is an essential part of your dream day, have a serious chat with the local priest. Just accept you might have to be flexible with your wedding date. Alternatively, one of your friends could always emulate Friends and get ordained online to marry you wherever you like. And, of course, a registry office is nothing to be frowned at. They’re affordable, quick, and you can get off early to celebrate and enjoy the day.
It can be done. You just have to actively seek ways around the extraneous details of big white weddings. Compact it, use your imagination and make it yours.
Oh, and remember, most importantly, you can’t be precious about it.
About the author – paul maklin
Paul is your friendly neighbourhood poet/cynic. He believes in story-telling, curiosity and peanut-butter sandwiches and he spends the vast majority of his time writing stuff. Paul learnt how to write stuff at Portsmouth University where he earned himself a Masters degree in writing stuff. Neat huh?Paul also hates writing in third person.