Why pay someone else for your wedding planning, especially in these hard economic times? Take the time and plan your own wedding yourself. You know what you want more than anyone else could and it will cost you a lot less with these handy tips.
First, you will need a place to hold your wedding. Call around to places of interest to you and get estimates on each venue. Sit down with your fiancée and discuss which the better option for your budget is. If your wedding is in the warmer weather, you could even plan it outdoors at your own home or a relatives beautiful gardens. You will need to set up a chic tent for the reception and as a backup in case of rain to be on the safe side.
Next, you will need invitations, these can cost quite a bit. Your best budget friendly tip in wedding planning is to make them yourself by buying the card stock and getting a desktop publishing program to add to your computer. This also lets you be the creator and make them however you want them to look, from elegant, sassy or traditional the ideas are limitless.
Now comes the wedding planning for the flowers and reception decorations. You can go to any crafts or hobby store and find everything you need to make your own bouquets for you and the bridesmaids. They have extraordinary fake flowers now that look as elegant and lovely as the real ones at a lot less money. Get your bridesmaids in on the crafting too; they are there to help you out. For the wedding decorations make those as well, use draping of crepe or sheer materials around the chairs and altar. Place beautiful arrangements you have made that match your color scheme all around the area for eye appeal. Sprinkle fragrant real flower petals down the aisle before you walk down it.
For the reception decorations, buy lovely linen tablecloths at your local discount store or make them from fabric from the craft store as well. These do not have to be high priced as the centerpieces and candles are going to add to them anyway. Set each table with a small bouquet of flowers in matching colors of your wedding and set candles within every table as well. The more candles there are the more romantic and elegant it will look. To save on wedding photography only have a few professional pictures taken during the ceremony, let everyone else be photographers of the day by adding 1-2 disposable cameras on every table. These actually turn out to get the best shots that aren’t all posed but true to life.
You also need a cake, find a local bakery and go introduce yourself to the baker, look over their designs and choose one that suits you and your fiancée. This is where the extra money you saved by doing the wedding planning yourself comes into play. The cake is one of the most important parts of the reception and the extra money should be used to choose your dream cake. This is the most special day in your lives after all.
As for the reception dinner your best bet is to have it catered by a local company that has great quality and tasting foods and have it buffet style, where everyone can choose what they would like instead of having to eat what they are given. Following these wedding planning tips will save you money and give you the dream wedding you have always wanted. So, congratulations and best wishes for your new future together as man and wife.