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In May next year I am getting married. For the longest time that has seemed like ages away, but all of a sudden we have only seven months to go and counting. While most of the arrangements are set, there are still a few finishing touches that I need to sort out. As you can imagine, it hasn’t been a cheap process as even the most affordable venues costing a lot of money. To help me along the way I have been following some key wedding budget tips and implementing some ideas for a frugal wedding which I wanted to share with you in case they might be of use.
My list of things still to arrange are as follows:
- Seating Plan
- Wedding Shoes
- Post Box for Cards and Gifts
So much pressure is put on brides to have the most beautiful and extravagant wedding stationery in order to “set the tone” for your wedding. Well that just isn’t me. I like to keep things simple and, you’ve guessed it, affordable too. A couple of months ago I sent my Save the Dates to my guests. They were simple black and white cards written in a beautiful script that I designed myself and had printed via an online printer. They cost me about £24. I’m going to do the very same with my invitations. Of course I will have to add a little more detail, with the option for guests to choose their meal and so on, but they shouldn’t take me long to do and won’t cost too much more either.
Personalised wedding favours can be a great way to add a special touch to your wedding day, and your decor, without breaking the bank. One idea we have looked at is giving each guest a sparkler on a personalised card. You can buy a large number at once for a low price, making them affordable, and they can be used to create some incredible photographs.
In the process of researching ideas I’ve also come across some great ideas for some personalised Christmas gifts too. Bonus!
Working in the design industry definitely has it’s benefits. Instead of going for a fancy handmade seating plan or a beautifully painted mirror I’ve decided to opt for a very basic printed board that will be displayed in the foyer of our reception venue. I will of course take my time and make it look great to match our other stationery, however it will be printed by a friend at little to no cost. This means that I don’t have to worry about the quality or the expense.
I’ve seen many brides take a lot of time (and money) finding the perfect pair of shoes for their wedding day. In all honesty, I don’t really care that much about my own. I hate wearing heels and my dress is floor length so there is little chance of anyone seeing them anyway. Instead of browsing the fancy bridal boutiques I’ll be picking mine up on the high street.
Post Box for Cards and Gifts
Although I don’t expect gifts or cards from out guests I know that they will be generous and as such we will need somewhere to store them safely. I had originally intended to hire one from a wedding supply company however prices were so high and not very well suited to my frugal approach.
After a quick search I found this DIY post box and I think it will be perfect. I’ll need to spend a day painting it, but that will allow give me full control over the colour and save me having to find one that suits our decor so it isn’t an issue. Once we’ve used it I’m sure we’ll find a friend to gift it to for their wedding in the future!
Once I have all of these things in place I will be able to relax and look forward to the big day, which will be here in no time I’m sure. Weddings don’t have to be expensive. The important thing is that they reflect your style and, although it is not very romantic, your budget too!
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