When you’re planning a wedding, there’s no way around spending big wads of cash. Weddings are expensive no matter how thrifty you happen to be, but there are certainly things you can do to reduce your costs and make affordable. One of the most effective ways to cut costs is to keep your wedding small. Every person you add to your guest list can increase your wedding cost by $100 or more, and that can end up leading to hard choices about what you want to have included on your wedding day.
The main problem is that you’ll need to supply dinner for each guest on your list in addition to other things like chairs and place settings. You even have to spend more on your wedding venue if you have more guests because typically the larger the capacity of the venue is the more they will charge to rent it out. So what can you do to keep your wedding small and affordable? Here are a few things that might help.
Who to Invite
First off, you should only be inviting your very close friends and family to your wedding and reception. If possible, you should try to keep the number to 50 people or less. Many couples make the mistake of inviting their friends that they haven’t seen since college or their neighbor growing up. By eliminating anyone who isn’t relevant in your life at the current time, you can shrink your guest list and make life a lot easier for yourself.
Even though you’re keeping your wedding small, you still want to be thrifty as much as possible. Try to find a public area for your wedding ceremony because all you will need is an inexpensive permit from the city to have your wedding there. You should also go for items that provide the most bang for your buck like sparklers for weddings which only cost a nickel each bags of confetti that cost next to nothing. It isn’t about how expensive things are; it’s about what you can do with them that makes them fun and memorable.
Lastly, keep your food menu really simple. If you want to go as cheap as possible, go for pasta served buffet-style. Your guests will get plenty to eat and the food should only cost a few dollars for each guest. Even if you have a very small guest list for your wedding, keeping the food costs low really helps a lot when you’re trying to save as much money as possible.