While there are a zillion websites and blogs to help you plan your wedding, it can all quickly become overwhelming as you pour over the pages and see just how much work goes into planning even a simple wedding. When you're trying to do it on a limited budget, it can be even more complicated as you try to cover all your bases. Here are four ideas for creating an elegant wedding without spending a fortune.
Renting a banquet hall can take up a big chunk of your budget. Consider getting married in the backyard at your home, your parents, or a willing friend. You could also consider renting a pavilion at a local park. Wedding tents, in the event of inclement weather, can be purchased inexpensively from sites such as Amazon or eBay.
Use Mason jars tied with a twine bow instead of vases. Fill with whatever wildflowers are in season or with inexpensive flowers like tulips, daisies, and sunflowers. Add cheap fillers like baby's breath and solidago to round out the arrangements. You could also skip the flowers all together and decorate with miniature succulents or simple potted houseplants that can double as guest gifts at the end of the evening.
Instead of offering your guests a full bar, consider creating a signature cocktail. You can serve this in addition to a simple selection of beer and red or white wine. A limited selection will save a considerable amount of money.
Just because you're planning a casual wedding doesn't mean the food has to be. Consider hiring a BBQ catering service that can provide an upscale barbecue dinner served with fine-dining style. Discuss with your caterer menu options such as herb crusted smoked prime rib with a horseradish cream, grilled asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, and grilled leek mashed potatoes. If your budget is very small, a pig roast is a good alternative. Rather than a traditional wedding cake, serve cheesecake or even fancy cupcakes instead.
Many people make the mistake of thinking they can do it all on their own only to regret it later. While you may have a limited budget, consider hiring a wedding planner anyway. Yes, this is an additional expense, but a good wedding planner can be invaluable. They have insider information on which venues and vendors are the least expensive. They know what dates or seasons tend to be less expensive. They know who has the best prices for tuxedo rentals, chair covers, or bridesmaid dresses. Additionally, they will make sure the day of your wedding goes off with the only hitch being you and your betrothed happily wed. To learn more, contact a company like Traci's Touch.