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.