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Want to pull off a luxury wedding? Afraid you’ll go broke? Think again!
You do not need to spend all your savings on your wedding to make it grand, elegant, and classy. If you need ideas, here is a list of creative cost-cutting ideas that will help you create the luxe wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank.
When visiting wedding vendors do not be afraid to haggle. In today’s times the wedding industry is very competitive and would agree to negotiate with you just to secure a booking. So go ahead, be bold and ask. If you want to book a hotel hall for your wedding reception, you can ask for a reduced rate on room accommodation. Who knows, you might even get a free room!
2. Book early
If there’s something that will help you save more than a few dollars, it’s booking early. If you book venues or things you will need months before the big day, you will have a better chance at getting great discounts. So, better book your wedding venue, reception hall, catering, florist, photographer, wedding band and others while it’s still early.
3. Opt for a cocktail party
Instead of going for the usual sit-down dinners, try having cocktails. Skipping dinner buffets can help you save up to 25% of your budget. Cocktail parties that feature hors d’oeuvres and food stations are extremely classy. Add additional touch of luxury by having the wait staff wear white gloves and wrap a beautiful linen napkin around the bottle when serving bubbly or wine.
4. Second-hand dress
Wearing a second-hand dress on your wedding day isn’t something to be ashamed of. Whether it’s something your mother wore during her wedding day, or a vintage dress you’d love to walk the aisle into, recycled dresses can help you save money and is wonderful for sentimental reasons. If you’re having problems, here are a few tips to make your second-hand gown to work for you.
If you or someone close to you is willing to help create your dream wedding, grab the opportunity! If you or your husband is an artist, turn the artworks into decorations. For invitations, you can always opt for handmade ones. These invites can appear more intimate and personal. If someone in the family is a musician, ask them to serenade the guests as they enter the venue.
6. Destination weddings
Planning to tie the knot in an all-inclusive resort generally costs less because of the affordable, yet fabulous packages offered. With wedding destination packages, you also get to pay for everything upfront from the ceremony to the reception. This prevents the chance of paying miscellaneous fees little by little. Destination weddings are also cheaper because you tend to have fewer guests. The downside is that some of your guests won’t be able to travel to your wedding
Melissa Page is a professional writer based in San Diego, California. She loves everything about weddings and plans to make her fairytale wedding come true at Couples Resorts, Jamaica.