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Are Dream Weddings On a Budget Really Possible?

Apr 14, 2008
The idea of a dream weddings on a budget might seem a little counter-intuitive to many people who are planning a wedding and know the extortionate costs involved, but there are a lot of things you can do to cut costs and maintain style. Here are a few ideas.

It seems that whenever you put the word "wedding" infront of a service, the price automatically doubles. Weddings are often a windfall for hotels, photographers and caterers, but there are many other areas of wedding planning where you can save a lot of money.

Saving on Transport

While many people will want to hire limousines or even horse and carriage for a wedding, there are ways to maintain a sense of style without blowing the budget on these things. Make a list of how many people you know with nice cars - usually when you ask if you can use them, they will be flattered (of course, you need to invite them to the wedding too!). Using friend's cars totally eliminates the need for rented transport and almost everyone has at least a couple of friends who own stylish cars suitable for a wedding.

Catering on a Budget

If you start looking for wedding caterers, then you almost guarantee that you will be paying a premium. Consider getting in contact with local restaurants who don't usually do weddings. Often they will be a lot cheaper and the food will be just as good! Also consider options other than traditional European cuisine. Thai and Indian are just as delicious and often a lot cheaper for caterers to make.

Save Money on Favors

Favors are the little gifts for guests that are usually left on the table of the reception. They can be very expensive, but there is no real need to go overboard here. Buy some candy to put in little gift boxes to save some money. It's a cheap option that guests love. This can also save you a lot of money.

Cheap Wedding Reception

Finding a reception area for dream weddings can be one of the most expensive parts of planning a wedding. This is also where you can save a lot of money, if you can find a friend or relative who is willing to host your reception. Home receptions are usually a lot more intimate than hired wedding reception areas anyway. With the more personal touch of a reception hosted at a home, guests will feel more involved and part of your special day.

Low Cost Honeymoons

Taking a trip to Europe might be great, but it is also one of the most expensive places in the world to travel for honeymooners. Why not consider the excitement of Asia which has beautiful resorts and 5 star hotels at about a third of the price of Europe? Keeping your honeymoon travel costs to a minimum really isn't that difficult if you carefully choose where you decide to go.

As you can see, just a few tips like these can potentially save you thousands of dollars on a wedding without affecting the quality. Dream weddings on a budget really can be a reality if you do a little planning!
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