Ways to Cut Down on your Wedding Expenses Without Sacrificing the Details

Getting married, especially in style, can be costly. In Iloilo, basic photography service from less popular companies/photographers alone can cost as much as Php 20, 000 and that can go higher based on your specifications/needs. Add the videographer, entourage outfit, food and drinks, and venue, the expenses will surely balloon in the blink of an eye. With this, minor details such as invitations, souvenirs or decors can be overlooked sometimes.

But it shouldn't be the case when you know how to budget and you are resourceful enough to find ways on how to cut your wedding expenses. Here are some tips for the budget-savvy couples:


Doing do-it-yourself projects will not only save you money, it's also a great bonding activity for the couples or the bride and her girls. Some DIY projects include:

  • Invitation - Great graphic design skill is not required when creating your own invitation, although it helps to have the skill. Basic knowledge on programs such as Photoshop can go a long way in layout and design. If you have a friend who can do the job, you may want to ask a favor from him/her. Any good friend will surely do it for you as a gift.
  • Boutonierre and corsage - This is one of the projects you can do in advance provided you do not intend to use fresh flowers. There are many tutorials off the internet to help you achieve that beautiful and personalized boutonierre and corsage for the entourage.
  • Decors - Standees, backdrops, centerpieces and the likes can be done in advance as well.  

Let the entourage shoulder their gowns/suits.

Asking your entourage particularly the maid of honor, bridesmaids, bestman and groomsmen to pay for their outfit to be worn on the big day isn't unusual nor embarrassing. Actually, it is common nowadays and pretty sure, they would be glad to do it. What are friends for, anyway?

Attend wedding/bridal fairs

Aside from finding great vendors during bridal fairs, you might be able to find those who are offering discounts. Check out one near you!

Avail of wedding packages

Want a less-stressful wedding preparation? Avail of wedding packages offered by hotels or event planners. Wedding packages usually include reception venue, foods and drinks, cake, decors, bridal car, overnight stay at the hotel and the likes.

Book in advance

Some suppliers have early bird promos in which they give discounts to clients who booked in advance. Additionally, booking in advance will also guarantee you the availability of that particular vendor.

Bridal Hair: Beautiful Down Do's Perfect for Summer

Being a tropical country, anyone can opt for outdoor or beach wedding almost any time of the year. The theme is more popular come summer time, when the sun is scorching and there is less chances of rain. And as popular as outdoor and beach weddings during summer is the down do. Wearing your hair down on your wedding day adds for a more romantic yet fun vibe.

Needs more convincing? Check out these beautiful down do's perfect for your summer wedding.

Color Highlight: Rose Quartz

It's only the 4th month of the year so it's not yet late to post something about rose quartz, one of the 10 Pantone Colors of the Year. Long before it was declared as the color of the year, this dusky pink color has been a popular wedding motif anywhere in the world. In this post, we have collected a few photos and sites to give you ideas if you consider this as your motif for that special day in your life.

Pantone Color 2016: Rose Quartz Wedding Ideas
Romantic Pink-on-pink California Wedding

Make Up: Airkissed Make Up Philippines

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Why Follow The Color Trend

There is no rule in the Philippines requiring engaged couples to base their wedding motif on the colors of the year nor will they be penalized if they chose colors other than those declared as the trend. However, doing so can be beneficial not just to the couple but to the entourage and guests alike.

Why? One reason is the options it gives to the couple. Given that these particular colors are said to be the trendiest among them all, fashionistas who follow the trend will surely go looking for clothing, shoes, bags and the likes in these colors. Before the demand increases, designers and other creative bodies have already come up with collection or products to satiate the sartorial needs. So if you choose the color in highlight as the motif for your big day, you never have to go high and low sourcing for gowns, shoes, accessories and other items. You never even need to have it made. There are plenty of them at the racks waiting to be noticed and picked by you. Additionally, it can be easy for your entourage and guest as well. Requiring them to wear a particular shade shouldn't be a problem since they can easily find the items then need.

Following the trend is likely to cut your expenses too. Yes, items that are hot can be expensive but with the demand, there might be some vendors or suppliers offering them for rent. And we all know that renting is more affordable than buying. You and your entourage can use rented gowns and suits if you have limited budget. table covers, centerpieces, backdrops and flower/cake stands are among the many things you can rent too.

Whether you love the color or you simply want to follow the trend, deciding on what color to choose is completely up to you. Just enjoy the preparation and don’t forget to let your creativity flow through.

Did you follow the color trends during your wedding day? Please feel free to share your experience and reasons for doing so.