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How to Have a Dream Wedding on a Shoestring Budget

Getting married is expensive, but with the average wedding costing more than $30,000, it is hard to have a fairy-tale day on a shoestring budget. But the good news is you can make your day special without having to take out a second mortgage to fund the affair. So if you would like to get married and you don’t have rich parents to pick up the bill, here are a few tips to help you make your day super special – and cheap!

A Second-Hand Dress

Every bride wants the perfect dress, but designer dresses don’t come cheap. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian can afford couture creations, but the rest of us have to make do with an off-the-peg number. However, even new high street wedding dresses are expensive, so why not look for a second-hand dress on eBay instead? Since a wedding dress is usually only worn once, it should be in good condition and you can always make alterations if the fit isn’t quite right.

Bridesmaid dresses can also be expensive, especially if you want them all to look the same. However, it can be just as nice to have each bridesmaid in a different dress as long as the colors match. Again, look for second-hand dresses or ask each bridesmaid to buy something she likes that fits the theme; at least she will be happy with her chosen dress.

Cut the Cost of a Wedding Reception

Wedding receptions are usually the most expensive part of a couple’s big day. Booking a lavish reception at an up-market venue will cost you a fortune, but if you downsize the guest list and have a garden party at home, it will work out a lot cheaper. Hire a marquee and erect it in the garden in case the weather lets you down. Alternatively, go for a low-key party at the beach: just you, family and a few close friends.

Budget Food and Drink

Instead of paying for a sit-down banquet, fine wines and champagne, opt for a buffet and let guests pay for their own drinks at the bar. Buffets are not usually too expensive if the guest list is low, and as long as you provide a few bottles of sparkling wine for the toasts, nobody will complain too much. And if this is still more than you can afford, either do a big shop at a discount supermarket and stock up on prawns and chicken drumsticks, or ask guests to bring a dish each.

Cheap Honeymoon

Wait until the last possible minute and book a cheap deal on a website such as lastminute.com. It can be a lovely surprise to your husband or wife-to-be. If this doesn’t work for you, go camping and enjoy each other’s company in the Great Outdoors for a few days.

Even if you are planning your nuptials on a really tight budget, it is sensible to think about taking out wedding insurance. Things can and do go wrong, with disastrous results for everyone, so get a wedding policy at Best Event to ensure your big day is perfect.