Great question! Some tips for a low budget wedding, you asked so here they are.
1. Keep your guest list down to bare minimum. If you haven't spoken to these people in more than a year they should not be on the guest list. Sometimes the most intimate weddings turn out to be the best. I recently had a destination wedding in Peoria, AZ
, where everyone flew in from Milwaukee, WI
. The guest list was a grand total of twenty people. They had a blast. You may check out the review I received on that wedding from www.weddingwire.com
2. There is nothing in the etiquette books that says you must feed the guests. You can simply have a cake and punch reception.
3. Consider having the event on a Sunday-Thursday. You can save 20% or more by going mid week. Also ask if vendors give military discounts, police & firefighter or educators discounts.
4. Only spend money on the things you need, not necessarily the things you want. In other words what are the most important to you.
5. Don't waste money on knick-knacks or as I call it foo-foo.
6. If you must have food at the wedding that you are very budget minded, you can actually go to a local fast food restaurant and cater it in. Think about it. How much dressier can you dress up a piece of chicken without being charged $125.00 per plate.
7. Do not use an I-pod for your wedding. Entertainment is not the corner you should cut. You want people to have a great time. So do it right, hire a professional.
If you have any questions or need help searching for entertainment in your area eventective.com is a good start, or you may go to the National Association of Mobile Entertainers web site at www.nameentertainers.com.
I hope this helps!
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