Wedding season is upon us and many couples go all out to create lasting memories for their special day. Whether it’s traditional or western, your wedding day should leave a lifetime of memories to cherish.
Ester Ochse, FNB Product Specialist says, “Most couples want and dream of that perfect wedding but sometimes weddings come in at a high cost, which can create a huge hole in your pocket.”
- Draw up your budget
Create a budget template that takes into account your daily grocery and home expenses, rent, bonds, health, entertainment and investments. This will give you an overview of where you are financially and where you need to cut down.
- Refine your guest List
Family is everything, but you need to look at cutting down numbers to help reduce your wedding costs. Your wedding should be shared with the people you love and care for the most, and your guest list needs to be manageable on both sides of the family.
- Look for affordable venues
We have exquisite venues in South Africa and many of them are affordable. Once you decide on a wedding date, book your venue immediately. Consider holding your wedding ceremony at home or outdoors, weather permitting. You’ll be surprised at how your home space can add to the tranquility of your big day.
- Lower catering costs
Get help from your family or friends, or even look at hosting your wedding at a quaint family restaurant. Catering is a costly affair, but if you get the right caterer or restaurant, you can save on food costs and also unnecessary wastage.
- DIY your invites and décor
You can get an array of décor and invite ideas with the help of social media websites like Pinterest and Facebook. These sites give you tips on décor and provide practical advice on how to be creative and innovative.
- Wedding dresses
You can get a fancy wedding dress if you save well in advance or have the extra cash on hand. Sometimes brides spend a lot on their dresses only to sell them after the wedding at a fraction of the original cost. Couples explore all their options and consider renting the wedding dress instead of having them professionally made.
- Get your family or friend to DJ/MC
Hiring a professional DJ is great but also costly, especially if you anticipate a relatively small number of guests. Ask a friend or family member who is up to the task or check out various apps that allow you to become your own DJ. These apps allow you to add music and mix on the spot. All you need is a laptop or iPad, music, speaker and you set you go. In addition, a Karaoke machine will add much vibe, humour and fun to your special day.
- Wedding planner
Planning your own wedding could be a memory that you live with forever. Wedding planners come at a price, so ensure that you cater for this in your budget.
Today’s smartphones and apps allow you to become instant photographers. Create a website or rather a Facebook/Instagram page and encourage your guests to post the pics they shot at your wedding. You can download these for your wedding album.
Look at specials and compare prices before booking your honeymoon and consider local places as well as international destinations. If it’s too costly, postpone your honeymoon to off-peak season.
In any given situation it’s important to understand the difference between needs, wants and responsibilities to help you better manage your money, as you don’t want overburden yourself financially.
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