If we had it our way, an endless wedding budget would accommodate all of our lavish dreams for the perfect walk down the aisle. However, you don’t need a million bucks in order to create a romantic exchange of vows, cater an exquisite dinner, or entertain guests at your wedding reception. Sometimes, it all comes down to a matter of thinking outside the box and making sacrifices with certain aspects of your wedding planning.
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Do you have your heart set on a live band, but don’t have enough in your wedding budget? Consider enlisting the help of your talented cousin, who just happened to start a garage band. Try alternating live music with an iPod soundtrack consisting of traditional wedding songs and favorites that your guests will love.
Usually, couples host a cocktail hour for guests attending the wedding reception, where appetizers are served. Don’t let expensive catering handle this part of the celebration. Invest in a variety of sizeable platters that include cheese, crackers, dip, and fresh fruit – easily bought at Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's, or Walmart, which happens to offer decent platters consisting of tasty mini-hamburgers and chicken quesadillas.
Who said you have to order a flashy wedding cake when you can push the envelope of artistic appeal and opt for stacked trays decorated with equally elaborate cupcakes, which also alleviates the responsibility of cutting the cake.
Flowers can wreak havoc on a wedding budget, which means you could stand to cut a few corners. One of the first things you can do is to eliminate the need for expensive floral centerpieces that will only wilt within days. Consider alternatives that are not only less expensive, but also eye-catching. Fill glass bowls with tinted water, floating rose petals, or colored marbles. How about using candles instead of flowers?
When trying to use your wedding budget to your advantage, you may want to look into using silk flowers when applicable. With a lower cost, you don’t have to worry about wasting money on something that isn’t going to last very long. Plus, silk flowers can be rented.
As your bridesmaids make their way down the aisle during the ceremony, place a single bloom in each hand – a classic romantic gesture. You can also cut down on your wedding budget by favoring more tulle, greenery, and baby's breath when decorating instead of purchasing fresh blooms. If flowers are a must, select the ones that are in-season to cut costs.
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