A personalized wedding is every bride’s dream. No bride wants her wedding like any other wedding. Yes, you want it like it but not copy it – right?! Here are few suggestions for a personalized wedding while staying on budget.
A Personalized Wedding Budget!
Bringing in local flavored food is a great way to add pizzaz for out-of-town guests. If you are located in Baltimore, Maryland, having fried chicken and waffles is a great food staple. If the reception is in Butte, Montana, serving pasties with sides of gravy and ketchup would hit the spot for long-distance travelers. This would be less expensive than a three course plated meal.
Just because you you have a wedding cake doesn’t mean you must have a multi-tiered cake with one flavor. Not everyone will want your white cake with raspberry filling. A great alternative would be to have a single tiered wedding cake. Then, have accompany cakes and pies to fill everyone’s taste buds.
You can offer Boston cream pies, tres leches cake, cream pies and many other choices. The sky is the limit. In addition, the pies and cakes can be made by family members with decades old family recipes. You can also go to your local Whole Foods or Sprouts supermarket and pickup some freshly baked pies and cakes to save a few bucks and not the taste. Hey, Jill Duggar from the TV show 19 Kids and Counting had an Ice Cream Sundae Bar for one thousand guests instead of wedding cakes (multiple times).
Most Americans like stuff. Americans cannot own enough stuff. However, not many items are reused, repurchased or passed down. We would like to change that thinking a bit by purchasing wedding items at secondhand stores. This may include centerpieces, gifts for the wedding party, table china for the reception meal, articles of clothing to match your event such as flip flops for a beach themed wedding.
If you have a large selection of wedding party participants on both sides consisting of bridesmaids and groomsmen, cut back a bit on accessories. Having just the best man and the maid of honor with a bouquet and boutonniere will save significantly on the flower budget.
Most people will remember two things from your wedding reception. Guests will remember the food and the music. What you have left after the wedding are the photographs and/or video. Spend extra time selecting these three vendors and meet with them in person. They will determine how much fun guests will have and how you and future generations remember your day. Other reception expenses can be made with your budget in mind.
This may sound crazy and traditional but takes the bride’s beauty over the top. No, it is not the pearl necklace, not the diamond earrings, not the silver plated tiara. If you add a veil, you add an element of purity and allure to the bride. You also have the advantage of an extra dimension in photographs. So, save on your jewelry accessories and purchase a veil.
Not sure how to dance? Having three dance lessons from a professional dance instructor can be the difference in looking like if you have two left feet or not. You can also spend a little bit extra and have a choreographed dance. The groom being stubborn and doesn’t want to learn to dance? Maybe Dad will want to learn a choreographed Father and Daughter dance?
As the old saying goes, time is money in a personalized wedding budget. Well, not necessarily at a wedding but it will keep everyone happier. Don’t plan fifty pictures right after the wedding and keep guests waiting and hungry to eat. Stick to an established photo schedule with your photographer. Want to keep the wedding reception party going without breaking up the night going table to table thanking guests for attending? Have a receiving line either after the wedding or entering the reception venue.
Yes – You and your future partner can have a Personalized Wedding Budget
The dream wedding has lots of flowers, glitz and glamour and a glass slipper. This doesn’t mean that your wedding has to be the same. Your wedding location don’t have to look like a wedding. The most important thing on your wedding day is the love that your share for each other and the commitment you make before God.
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