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Are you up for the Low Budget Wedding Planning Challenge?

Planning a low budget wedding can be a challenge and the key to success is organization. Here to help you is a detailed low budget wedding planning guide which you can use to kick start your wedding planning process and dip into as you go along. Many couples set their wedding date on average two-years from their date of engagement. This allows a full year to research themes, color schemes, venues, consider your budget, location and all the niceties of wedding planning. The real work though starts a year ahead of the wedding date as those ideas are put into motion. View our detailed wedding planning timeline to stay on schedule and enjoy a free wedding website from Minted to keep you organized and help you to plan.

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Set your budget and  prioritize

Agree the wedding budget

Who is paying for the wedding? 

If you're sharing costs across families, gather all those involved to discuss how this will proceed.

Things to consider:

  • There are different cultural expectations and traditions when it comes to paying for weddings. My advice is not to assume or expect anything and to be open to discuss it with your families.
  • Will all the wedding money be given in advance and put in a special wedding savings account/pot?
  • Alternatively will individuals settle bills as they arise?
  • Will different persons have different costs they are responsible for?
  • Are you required to save ... can you save enough to settle the bills within the given timeframe / pay deposits?

Decide on the number of guests and budget

Deciding on the number of wedding guests will help determine the wedding budget, cost of the wedding or vice versa. If you set the budget before hand this in turn will dictate how many guests you are able to have for the ceremony and the reception. Your wedding budget and guest list combined will determine, large or small wedding, formal, informal wedding and lead you to selecting appropriate venues and so on.

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Main expenses​

  • Wedding Venue/s
  • Catering/Bar
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Wedding Dress /Groom Suit 
  • Bridal party and Groomsman wear
  • Reception Band or DJ/Entertainment
  • Honeymoon
  • Hotel bookings
  • Transport
  • Officiant
  • Florist / Decorations
  • Cake Maker / Cake
  • Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist
  • Transportation/Cars
  • Invitations/Stationery
  • Favors
  • Thank you gifts
  • Engagement Party/Photos
  • Bachelorette Party / Bridal Shower

16 Ways To Cut Costs

How to budget for your wedding

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Wedding Planners

To help you get organized you may want to invest in a wedding planner journal. The Knot wedding planner and organizer is especially popular among new brides to be. Another popular one which is super cheap can be seen below for under $10. OR .. you can start making savings right now and print off a FREE wedding planner checklist such as that provided by Martha Stewart

Make your own customized planner with these 

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Let's get started!

  • Set the date
  • Agree the budget
  • Decide on Guest numbers
  • Start looking at venues

Plan an Engagement and Set The Date

If you're announcing your engagement formally, having an engagement party, sending out notices etc. it is a good idea let guests know a that same time when the wedding will take place. An exact date may not be possible at this stage but some idea of the year and what time of year would be very useful. 

This enables your guests to make their own plans and savings to cover the cost of wedding clothes, transport, possible childminding\and gifts. They may also need to make arrangements with work and sort out holiday bookings. It is likely you will invite the same people to your engagement as you intend to invite for your wedding. This will provide a guide as to how many guests you may need to cater for re the wedding dinner / reception.

Engagement photo shoot ideas

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Send out your Announcements & Save the Dates

Choose your Bridal Party & Groomsmen

Choose your bridal party and groomsmen and invite them formally to participate. Maid of honor, bridesmaids, flower girls, best man and ring bearers are sometimes given small personalized gifts when verbally asking them to fulfil that role. 

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Wedding Planning Timeline Guide

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2yr/1yr Book Your Vendors

  • Order and send out your wedding Save-the-Date cards to all those on your guest list. 
  • Create a gift list and register with an online wedding gift registry (Amazon or other) or department store. These days it might be preferable to have an online wedding gift registry as not all your guests can make it to a specified High Street store. It's important to consider convenient access when compiling gift lists.
  • Arrange your wedding ceremony and meet the officiant / officials organising it. Confirm the details, rehearsal and any other necessary details.
  • Interview, meet, book with service providers:

1yr/6 months

  • Bridal party clothing / shoes
  • Groom suit / clothing
  • Best man, Groomsmen suits
  • Makeup artist / hair stylist / manicurist
  • Order / send out wedding invitations and stationery - couples have different ideas on the best time to send out invitations. Important considerations include allowing time to have your invites designed and made/printed a process which in itself with postage and proof checking can take a month or more. Guest will require enough notice to ensure they have no other commitments, can arrange childcare, time off work and return the RSVP in good time for you to confirm details with your caterer and venue.
  • Research and order table decorations and other ceremony/venue decor
  • If your having a DIY wedding, start crafting.

4 months

  • Have a wedding dress fitting and arrange for any adjustments
  • Chase your wedding guest rsvp's
  • Update out of town guests on local hotel arrangements /travel
  • Buy smaller details for your wedding ceremony and reception, such as guest books, ring bearer pillow etc.
  • Source and order wedding favors or craft your own.
  • Check the details of pre-booked wedding vendors to ensure all is still ok for the day! You may have additional amounts to pay.
  • Ensure your passports are up to date re that honeymoon!
  • Do you need vaccinations for overseas travel?

3 months before the wedding

  • Final reminder for guests re wedding rsvps as you will need to confirm shortly with your venue and caterer final numbers.
  • Are you having a rehearsal dinner? If so send out invitations and arrange a date.
  • Arrange your wedding transport and that of your bridal party, groomsmen etc.
  • Ensure all the details re honeymoon, passports, vaccinations, spending money, travel to airport/back are sorted/planned, confirmed.

2 months before the wedding

  • It won't hurt to confirm again with your vendors and ensure everything is on track for the date! Same with wedding guests and outstanding rsvp's.
  • If friends and family are assisting with things like transport, photography, crafting flower arrangements etc. ensure they're still on board and able to do so.
  • You may need to meet (if getting married in a Church) with your Priest or other, to confirm the details.
  • Order , make, buy thank you gifts for your bridal party, groomsmen and any others you wish to thank for their attendance.
  • You may want to create a small memorial for those loved ones who can't be with you at the wedding.
  • Start writing those wedding speeches and toasts! Do some research re this and add some funny and heart-warming anecdotes.
  • Chase others responsible for speeches to make sure they're busy with theirs!
  • Finalise your wedding seating plan, order table cards, seating chart.
  • Confirm your wedding reception details, numbers, tables, order of events with your wedding reception vendor, planner.
  • If you're changing your name/s after marriage make a list of those who require notifying and the legal requirements for formally changing your name on things like house deeds, bank details, passport etc. These things can take time and you often need original copies of documents not copies, so check the details carefully.
  • Write your wedding vows. You may want to create a keepsake journal of wedding vow drafts, this is a cute idea for bride and groom!
  • Ensure marriage license details sorted.

1 month before the wedding

  • Have a final wedding, bridal dress fitting and arrange a date for collection.
  • Practice your hair and makeup.
  • Collect dresses, suits for bridal party and groomsmen (fittings).
  • Pay remainders for bookings as required.
  • Update your wedding gift list registry as desired.
  • Start making a note of gifts received early so you can send out thank you cards.
  • Confirm all details with bridal party, groomsmen, helpers so everyone knows what they're responsible for and ensure they're still available and willing to help.
  • Arrange and have your bachelor (stag) and bachelorette (hen) parties. Have them early to ensure there's no chance of hangovers spoiling your wedding day for you or your guests!
  • Have a bridal shower party.

1 week before wedding

  • Most of this you've done already but just in case, confirm one last time with vendors all details.
  • Collect your dress/suits and any extras.
  • You may be collecting your wedding cake yourself , arrange for this or check with cake maker their delivery arrangements one last time.
  • Ensure all is on track for your fresh flowers, delivery, arrangements.
  • Confirm hotel reservations and all others. You may still need to advise of final guest numbers.
  • Ensure photographer/transport know where they're going, time of arrival.
  • Prepare for your honeymoon, pack bags, passports, legal documents.
  • You may need a wedding handbag for emergency items, sort out something discreet and co-ordinated.
  • If you are likely to require help going to the loo in that huge Princess wedding dress, recruit your maid of honor now!
  • Get plenty of rest and destress before the big day, book a massage!
  • Have your nails, eyebrows done.

On the Day

  • Wake up early, shower and have a good breakfast so your tummy isn't rumbling throughout the ceremony!
  • Collect flowers, cake and anything that has to be done on the day
  • Have your hair, makeup done
  • Have photos taken of the getting ready process
  • Leave your dress until you're almost ready to leave to ensure you don't crease, spill anything on it.
  • Don't forget your bag with essential items before leaving the house
  • Co-ordinate with the grooms party to ensure who arrives where, when first.

And enjoy!!

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Low Budget Wedding Venue Ideas

Book the Ceremony & Reception Venue/s

When the wedding date is set, the wedding guest list decided, the wedding budget agreed you can take that information and start looking at wedding ceremony and reception venues.

Things to consider:

  • Distance from where you live
  • Distance and available transport between ceremony and reception site
  • Parking /disabled access /child friendly
  • Can your guests get their easily
  • Venue guests capacity
  • Indoor/outdoor and contingency re weather
  • What is included with the booking
  • Do they cater for all dietery requirements
  • Check their insurance
  • Cost as it works out per person
  • Cancellation terms
  • Take out insurance

6 Great Ideas For Cutting Your Wedding Venue Costs in Half

  1. Instead of having a venue for the ceremony and another for the reception, combine them and have one venue for both!  
  2. Have an early morning wedding followed by a reception brunch instead of an all-day and night party.
  3. Book a weekday rather than a weekend day
  4. Book out of season, this is usually winter, colder months of the year
  5. Source a newly opened venue looking for clients, offering deals
  6. Pay in full in advance, generally lower prices can be negotiated this way

8 Cheap Wedding Venue Ideas

  1. Backyard Wedding
  2. Park
  3. By a River
  4. At the beach
  5. Community/Village/Church Hall
  6. Sports Hall
  7. Air B&B
  8. Clubs/Bars/Hotels (morning, weekday and out of season)

20 Questions to ask your venue

1. Is the wedding venue available on your chosen date?

2. How many guests can be accomodated, standing and seated?

3. What time can we access the wedding venue to decorate?

4. Can we get ready at the wedding venue?

5. Is there a secure room to store the gifts?

6. Is there disabled access, downstairs toilets?

7. What is the timeline for the day?

8. Is it an open bar, what are the bar prices?

9. Can we bring a bottle, do you charge corkage?

9. Can we instruct our own caterers, bring our own food?

10. What is included in the venue hire package?

11. How many serving staff will be there on the day?

12. Is there accommodation for us and guests?

13. Can we get a discount for block room bookings?

14. Do you have a wedding cake stand or do we bring our own?

15. Are there any other weddings on the same day as ours?

16. What time do we have to leave?

17. What are the cancellation terms?

18. Can I have an itemised invoice - see a full breakdown of costs

19. Insurance?

20. Can we get a better price weekday, out of season, am booking?

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