Wedding Within Your Budget

By Lesley-Ann Graham

A dream wedding… that’s what every girl wants. Unfortunately, those are really expensive, especially if you insist on having them Hollywood style. Still, it is nice to have the trimmings at your wedding; and contrary to what you may think, you can have them while shelling out less than you’d expect.

Start by working on your guest list. If you’re working on a tight budget the fewer the guests, the smaller the expense. Go for an intimate wedding and have on your list your family and closest friends only. You can make your invitations yourself. There are a lot of computer software that can help you if you aren’t very skilled in the graphic arts.

Nowadays, brides can get married in almost any decent outfit. Why not go for a suit or get a dress that you can use again. Remember that the radiant bride is beautiful, no matter what she wears. Your entourage can also provide their own dresses; just give them the theme to follow.

On the other hand, you may want to have matched sets for you and your entourage. Why not rent your gowns? Some shops carry full sets since usually the outfits are one time only clothes. Let the joy of some other happy bride spill over onto you. Even the groom and groomsmen’s suits can rent their tuxedos or wedding suits.

Your friends are a treasure you definitely will be thankful for on this occasion. They can do a lot to lighten your costs. Some of them must be good with pictures. Ask your friends to bring their cameras and take pictures of your wedding for you. A friend who is skilled in make-up and hair styles can take the place of a professional artist. Maybe they can even lend you a fancy car for the trips you need to make during the day instead of having to hire a limousine.

Doing these will not only lower your expenses, they will also bind you closer to your friends. Don’t forget that it isn’t how much you spend or how fancy the wedding that counts. Keep it simple and from the heart; that will make it memorable.

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