Budget friendly wedding

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By Suman Bajpai
Every year, people spend lakhs of rupees on a single day – the wedding day. From outrageous venues to opulent clothes, to gourmet food and free-flowing drinks, a wedding can cost literally anything. But for many couples, the events of the day are far less valuable than the end result being legally married to the love of their lives. While outlandishly expensive weddings seem to be the norm, in reality, getting married on a reasonable budget is by no means impossible. Arranging a wedding in a city like Delhi is also challenging due to the lack of wedding halls and community centres in the peak wedding season. Follow these simple tips to get you started on your way to a beautiful day.

Always opt for simplicity

One of the quickest ways to blow your wedding budget is to invite everyone you’ve ever met. In Delhi people have the habit of showing off their wealth by spending extravagantly in weddings. Limit your guest list to close friends and family. It’s hard, but the payoff is worth it. Stick to simplicity when choosing a venue as well. Instead of renting the presidential ballroom at the swankiest hotel in town, opt for a wedding in a smaller, more personal venue. Many parks and small community halls are both beautiful and significantly less expensive than the more opulent, standard wedding venues.

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Right time and venue

It is seen that pundits declare only particular days in the wedding season as auspicious for wedding. It results in vertually chaos in arranging and planning a wedding ceremony in a city like Delhi. Due to lack of wedding venues vertually all community centers and other wedding halls are booked in advance. It is a better idea to get married on an auspicious day in off-season. It will save you from tension of arranging the wedding, competing for halls and other arrangements with hundreds of other people.

Enlist the help of your wedding party

Many people hire professional wedding planners to handle the stress of orchestrating the big event. But why pay a sizable retainer to have a stranger plan your wedding, when you can enlist the help and support of your family members and wedding party to bring everything together. Organize your wedding party into a planning committee (remembering that, odds are, the ladies will take on most of the responsibilities, let the men handle manual labour like setting up tables and chairs) and let them all contribute to your blessed event. If they’re close enough to you to be in your wedding, odds are they will be more than happy to help you make it extra special. Have friends pitch in to take pictures, too, for a more personal experience and big savings on photography.

Wedding invitations

The wedding invitations are another category where you can save a ton of money by doing part of it or all of it yourself. Consider providing your own cardstock to the printer or go electronic by sending out email invitations.

Menu

The best way to save on food, drink, and desserts for your wedding is to provide your own. Enlist your friends and family to help, and make sure that you don’t overextend yourself with complicated fare. If you don’t want to make your own, consider serving heavy appetizers instead of a sit-down meal, and find a venue that allows you to bring your own liquor, beer, and wine.

Bride’s make-up

If you have a professional to do your make-up, it can be expensive. Alternatively, you can buy your own make-up and do it yourself, but that also can be costly. Consider ways to cut make-up costs, such as by using coupons to buy make-up or by visiting a department store’s cosmetics counter for a free makeover.

Wedding jewellery

Not only will there be an exchanging of rings during the wedding ceremony, but the bride will most likely want to wear a few pieces of jewellery to complement her wedding gown. The best way to avoid spending above your jewellery budget is to stay out of high-end stores, and borrow from friends and family.