Small wedding and a tight budget

QuestionI am just beginning to plan our wedding. It’s going to be a small wedding, but we have a very tight budget. Do you have any ideas on how we can cut the costs?

AnswerFirst of all, congratulations! Regardless of the size of your wedding, it will be a grand affair because it will be the reflection of you and your fianc?. And really, that’s all that matters. Now in terms of budget, keep in mind that all you really need for a successful wedding is a marriage license, an officiant, and two willing participants.

Start shopping for your wedding gown now and look for sample wedding dresses. Many bridal boutiques will also have sales during the year. Don’t be surprised if your perfect wedding dress isn’t from a bridal boutique! The same goes for finding your perfect wedding shoes.

Have your wedding invitations printed at home. Many stationary stores will have do-it-yourself kits to make your own wedding invitations within the comfort of your own home. Some couples may even opt for wedding e-cards! This will, of course, be dependent on how formal your wedding will be.

Consider making your own wedding bouquet. Some brides opt to have a single long stem rose in lieu of a traditional bouquet. One white calla lily is equally stunning.

If you are planning to give our wedding favours, consider making your own. Not only is this cost effective, but it will also add a personal touch to your wedding.

Book a wedding photographer for a specific amount of time. Or, better yet, have friends and family take candid photos of your entire wedding.

Performing your wedding ceremony at City Hall or at your nearby Civic Centre will greatly cut the cost of your wedding plans. An outdoor wedding (or indoor, depending on space) at a friend or family’s home would also help to offset costs.

Formal dinners tend to increase costs. You can follow the ceremony with a luncheon or brunch at your favourite restaurant. An afternoon tea party or cocktail event at a friend’s home may also be suitable. You can also book private rooms at select restaurants.

Instead of a traditional wedding cake, consider those lavish creations made by local bakeries. Or, why not go for a decadent cupcake tower?