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Cheap ways to get married

Cheap ways to get married

There are a lot of ways you can get married without paying for a venue. Always research the people around you (your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors) to see if they can be of any help for what you need. If you attend a church, you may be able to use their facilities at no cost to you with a few guidelines to follow for keeping the buildings and grounds clean and safe. If any of your friends or family has a lot of lands or a beautiful yard, you could decorate and have a ceremony and reception there. A big backyard, a field or pasture, or even a nice sized home or barn may be the perfect place for you to get married or celebrate without paying a dime!

Next to Nothing for Photos

Have you ever scrolled through some of your friend’s social media posts or taken a look at the everyday photos around their home or desk? The chances are that you know someone that has had a few lessons in photography or at least has a passion for capturing beautiful moments. Asking someone close to you to take pictures at your wedding can cut a big chunk of the cost from your budget. If you don’t know anyone, that likes to take pictures, someone, you know might know someone that would be willing to give you a good discount on their services. Always ask around to figure out if there are ways to get your photos and videos from someone, at least, semi close to you or family and friends. Another way to cut the cost of photos is only to ask for a disk of the pictures that are taken; you can always print them out at a later time.

Bargain Wedding Dress (That Makes You Look Fabulous)

The best way to find the dress that you want to wear on your big day is to look for dresses your size or larger. You read right, your size or larger. Dress can always be taken in to fit you but taking it out is not as easy. If you can find a dress you like in your size or bigger you can make it work (sizes closer to yours are ideal). Show everywhere for a wedding dress, not just at a store of marriage. You can find wedding dresses at thrift shops, at consignment sales, and at most major clothing stores. Use the internet to look at styles that stores offer and see if they are available in a location near you. Searching for coupons will help drop the price of whatever dress you find. You can get a percent off of a purchase coupon, and if the dress you like is pricey, you will love the chunk of money that comes off. Once you have that dress you love, ask your elders if they can help you tailor it for your body! The older women know what they are doing when it comes to sewing and working on your dress could not only mean saving you money but will be a priceless memory to them.

A Beautiful and Cost-friendly Cake

If you know someone that makes cakes this will be a good way to drop that price. If you don’t know someone who is excellent at making cakes, but you know, someone that can get them taste amazing to consider making a dummy cake. These cakes look real and can be decorated elaborately but when it comes time to serve the cake you can have someone take it to a back room and just bring out the real cake in slices already on plates. No one will ever know if you choose to make a dummy cake but you and the baker! If you don’t want to make a dummy cake and can’t find someone that makes cakes you may want to try finding someone that will refer you to a baker and ask for a discount since you know the person who saw you. Make sure you check with the bakery to see if they offer special discounts as well.

Decorations Worthy of a Designer

Make your decorations! Any decoration you want or can find a picture of can be recreated and edited to suit exactly what you want. Check your local craft stores for the parts you need for your decorations and always print coupons before heading to the warehouse. You can find coupons for 40% off at Hobby Lobby all the time! Have your bridal party, mother, and grandmother helps you make the table decorations and even the party favors. Try to remember that where you are having it might be a nice enough location that you don’t need much more than a centerpiece on the tables.

Cheap Beauty Treatment for Your Big Day

Going to the salon rather than having the stylist come to you will cut a lot of the bill off of your hair and makeup. If that is still too much as it can be in the major cities and regions, find a cosmetology school near you and make an appointment there instead. You can get everything from your toes all the way to a facial complete with makeup and an extravagant hairstyle for more than half the price of a salon. These girls may be in training, but they were in school for almost a year before they were allowed to start working on clients and there are instructors everywhere that will make sure you leave with the result you want even if it means they have to finish your service themselves. If going to a cosmetology school is still a little above your budget, do your hair and makeup yourself. You can never go wrong when doing your hair because you know exactly what you like and will not look back at pictures and wonder what your hairdresser was thinking. This is a plus with your makeup too because some people wear too much makeup, and some people don’t wear quite enough. You are familiar with the way you do your makeup and will be able to bring out the areas of your face that you like while creating a look that makes more beautiful

The Reception

The cheapest way to have a reception is to book a non-wedding venue. Wedding venues can charge a premium because they do weddings day in, day out and can offer their couples exactly what they need, all under one roof. However, if traditional isn’t your bag, then there are a million ways you can have a party on the cheap.

Here are some more affordable ways to get married 

1. Avoid bloat of guest list: For many couples, it can feel tempting to invite many people to the ceremony. However, with each guest list, you’re going to be adding a person that is less important to you compared to the people you’ve already invited. To a degree, this was a trap we fell into with our wedding — our visitor listing grew and increased to the point where we invited folks that we didn’t know well merely from a sense of obligation. Instead of just adding more and more people, consider inviting fewer people and making the event more intimate. Try cutting your list in half and see if you’re happy with it.

2. Ask for wedding help instead of wedding gifts: We were lucky that several of our friends and family had musical talent, so they were able to provide musical accompaniment for our ceremony. We also have a close friend who is a highly skilled amateur photographer and he was willing to serve as photographer for our ceremony as our wedding gift and after the ceremony, he provided high-quality digital images of everything.

3. Have the service at home, or outdoors: If you’re blessed with a house or garden that can hold everyone you ‘d like to invite (or you have a friend or family member who’s willing let you use theirs), how about having the reception at home? Do the catering yourselves (pot luck buffet for the win!) and either have a dry wedding or buy the alcohol in bulk from a wholesaler. You may find that the cost of renting a building for your ceremony and reception is expensive. Instead, consider using your home (or the home of a parent) for your service, or perhaps a public park with a beautiful view. In each case, you can have your reception outdoors, often eliminating the cost of renting a place as well as creating a memorable ceremony. Undoubtedly the ceremony is the most important part of any wedding and the only thing you HAVE to do to get married. The cheapest way to say “I do” would be to hop down to your local registry office and have a quickie ceremony with just the two of you and some witnesses (you’re required to have at least two) present

4. Do the catering yourself, or hire a family-owned restaurant: For our wedding, we handled our very own cooking as well as catering with lots of aid from my partner’s household. This drastically reduced the food costs for the ceremony. If this isn’t your specialty, look around your neighborhood for a family-owned dining and ask the owners directly to cater your wedding. Family-owned restaurants are always the first place to check and they will almost always go the extra mile to make your wedding unique and will also charge a reasonable rate. Another surprisingly affordable option is to hire a pub or restaurant. A little-known fact is that a lot of them will actually let you hire them for a nominal amount or even FOR FREE (usually only on weekdays) as long as you (or your guests) spend a certain amount behind the bar and/ or you buy all your food from their kitchen. I know!! I couldn’t believe it when I heard that either!

5. Go minimal with the flowers: Instead of having a huge stack of flowers everywhere (something that will only really last for an afternoon), instead simply go with a single rose for each bridesmaid and a slight bouquet for the bride. If you know someone with a rose bush, you can quickly make your bouquets the day before the ceremony by cutting the roses yourself and trimming away the thorns.

6. Make your invitations: With a quality residence ink-jet printer as well as time, you could make very classy invitations on your own. My other half and I got a simple blank invitation kit on sale at Staples and also made our very own invitations to our wedding celebration. No pictures or anything– only a classic typeface and primary text. It looked fashionable and did not cost us considerably at all.

7. Use an excellent home stereo system for the reception songs: Rather than hiring a DJ, just use your home stereo (or the stereo of a close friend). Put speakers around the dance floor area – there’s no need to spread them around the reception room. Then just create a few mix CDs from your collection – there’s all the music you need.

8. Rather than hiring a DJ, just use your home stereo (or the stereo of a close friend): Put speakers around the dance floor area and there’s no need to spread them around the reception room. Then just create a few mix CDs from your collection and there’s all the music you need.

9. Have “vendor cards” in exchange for reduced rates: If you’re going to hiring people to provide services for your reception (florists, caterers, photographers, musicians, a D.J, etc.) you might offer to advertise for them in exchange for reduced rates. At the reception table, put their business card on each person’s place that lists the businesses responsible for each service at the wedding, along with their contact information. Since this tends to be very effective advertising, many businesses will happily provide services at reduced rates in exchange for this opportunity.

10. Communicate with the local university for musical accompaniment needs: If you ‘d like a live musical accompaniment for the ceremony (and perhaps for the reception), one place to look for low-cost musicians is at the local university’s music department. Contact them and ask if there are any students who are studying a particular instrument or vocal work and see if they’re available to provide music for your wedding. It can help them with their resume and save you on this part of your wedding.

11. Patiently shop for any decoration needs: Some stores, online or offline stores, all have sales somewhat regularly throughout the year– and they all sell products that can be handy with your wedding. Know what you’re looking for as far beforehand as possible and when the sales come grab it. Also check for coupons in the Sunday paper that are perfect for wedding decoration supplies.

12. If you’re getting married in the church you’re a member of, ask the ladies’ auxiliary for help: Most churches have a women’s organization that is very happy to assist with wedding celebration preparation for an affordable tiny donation. Get them involved– they can take a lot of worry off your shoulders for a relatively small price. At our wedding, the “church ladies” were an excellent help with church decoration and other helpful things on the day of the ceremony.
13. Buy dresses together when a sale is on: Similar to the tip for shopping for decorations, you can often save a significant amount of money by shopping patiently for dresses as well online or offline, check both. Many dress stores have sales on holidays such as Memorial Day and keep an eye out for such sale. You may also want to shop together so that you can all save during the sale.

14. Rent tuxedos as a group: Unless you have a particular reason for owning a suit (and few people do), you should rent one. It’s often useful to rent the tuxedos as a group through the same business, as you’ll often get a group rate. It’s often helpful to rent a place that’s relatively close to the site of the wedding so last minute adjustments can easily be made.

15. Make a simple honeymoon, not an ostentatious one: A massive, over-the-top honeymoon might sound enjoyable, but it’s far, far cheaper (and often much more enjoyable) to have a much more laid-back honeymoon. Instead of planning a big trip, just hop in the car and spend a week or more with each other just driving around and enjoying being married. The less plans, the much better– and the less costly.

16. Involve your closest family and friends in the planning:  As you’re developing plans, you should get your closest friends and family involved with the details. Quite often, they’ll come up with a good ideas that can save you cash and perhaps they’ll know someone that can cut you a deal on a particular part, or maybe they’ll just volunteer to help out with that piece. Good friends and family are always there to help, so you might as well use it.

17. Plan, plan, plan: List everything you can think of and walk through these items step by step. The earlier you get started– and the more things you think about early on– the less “last minute stress” you’ll have the more time you’ll have to find sales and discounts as well as other good ideas.

18. Don’t stress: Something will probably fail at the last minute– a little detail of some sort won’t work out. Assume something little is going to go wrong and don’t respond by throwing cash at it. Most likely, nobody will even notice the little issue, and quite typically someone in your wedding party (or an individual helping out) will come up with a pretty good solution to fix points.

Hopefully, you will find something to help you out in this article and I wish you Good Luck!!!

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