The cost of having a wedding puts a financial strain on a couple just getting started in their new life together. In order to look for affordable wedding ideas, you need to start planning well in advance of the date. If you leave the little things until the last minute, then you will have to pay a high price for what you need because you won have the time to shop around. Many of the decorations can be handmade if you have a creative talent and you can find what you need at discount stores and flea markets.
The first item that you need to take care of is finding the perfect wedding dress. If you don want to spend a lot of money on a dress that you will only pack away afterwards, then you can rent the dress of your dreams at an affordable price. Although you know that someone else has worn it, no one else will know and you will still look beautiful and elegant. If you have another family member whose dress is the perfect size for you and she wants you to wear her dress, you can make a few simple alterations such as adding lace to make this dress your own. There are also discount bridal locations, both online and off, where you can get an expensive dress at a really cheap price. Look in the classified section of the newspaper or online sites where you can buy a previously owned dress to cut down on the cost.
Make your own wedding favors or buy really cheap candles at a discount or dollar store. Everyone loves small candles in various shapes and you can purchase bags of tealight candles at great discount prices. Craft stores often have great ideas for wedding favors. You don have to have all the wedding favors alike, either. You can choose to have different types of wedding favors for the guests to take home as a memento of your special day. Since the idea of providing favors for the guests is simply a way of saying thank you for attending, you can just have a little thank you card at each place. The guests will know that you appreciate their attendance.
A potluck brunch or dinner is a really affordable way of having a great meal at a low cost to you. If you ask each of the guests to bring a dish with them for the meal, you will have a great variety of food. When you plan a meal yourself for the wedding, there is a good chance that not all of the guests will like what is being served. This way you are sure that everyone will have their favourite food because the guests are sure to bring the food they like best.
If some of your guests have to fly to the location where you are being married, you can contact the airline to see if you can get a deal on flights. Most airlines have a code that passengers can use to obtain a discount on the cost of the flight when people are travelling to special occasions. When you send out your invitations, you can provide this code to guests that live far away to make it more affordable for them to attend your