Planning a wedding can put quite a strain on your bank account. By the time you have said ‘yes’ to your dress, located a venue, found the caterer, booked the entertainment and photographer…you’re practically out of breath (and money!) You’ve checked every box and signed the dotted lines. Now everything is finally coming together, but you can’t forget that final, timeless detail.
Wedding flowers are not only essential; they are iconic! At Bouqs, we completely understand that the last thing a bride needs on her special day is one more thing to think about. We want to let you in on some clever tricks when it comes to budget wedding ideas, so you can put more money towards the perfect bridal Bouq and floral decorations. We can’t imagine anything more romantic and lovely than a wedding ceremony. Let’s take a look at how to make this day the magical milestone you deserve, without losing your sanity and your hard earned dollars.
Finding Your Dream Dress
Instead of going to your local bridal shop, head on over to a prom or quinceanera dress boutique. These party dress experts often have white dresses that look just like a wedding dress, at a fraction of the cost. Saving time is a rare gift for any wedding planner, so a simple Google search for ‘white prom dress’ could be just the thing for you. You will be surprised what you can find when you know where to look!
Choosing the Venue to Host Your Wedding
Where you choose to get married and celebrate afterward can make or break your wedding budget. According to The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings Study, the combined cost for just the ceremony site and reception venue can run you about $18,000. Luckily there are some trade secrets to make this a lot easier and less expensive.
If you’re planning a destination wedding, we have some good news! A lot of places like the Caribbean consider summer to be their off season. We suggest taking a look at their hotels and villas. This is a smart move because the rental price is offered considerably reduced rate. Extra points if you book the venue on a Sunday!
Maybe you want to have your wedding closer to home. There are many options for location that won’t break your account, such as hosting the wedding at your own home. Or maybe at your cousin’s, who just bought that brand new house with a killer view of the beach. Asking your friends and family to use their property is a surefire way to spare the expense of rental insurance.
If hosting your wedding at home or on a borrowed property is not an option, consider the increasingly popular Airbnb. You can reserve just about anything through Airbnb. Such as a ranch, cabin, beach house, or even this incredible tree house in North Carolina for just $395 a night, for the entire space. Choosing places where you can host the ceremony, reception, and offer sleeping accommodations for your guests will definitely save you a couple thousand dollars.
Catering for the Reception
When trying to determine the wedding food cost, the key thing to pay attention to is how you are going to serve it. For the frugal bride, a quick search online can be very helpful. Sites like Amazon have stunning ‘crystal like’ serving trays and dishes for under $50. Did you know that the average catering company can charge up to $30 a meal? One of the least expensive options is to offer your guests a buffet. You end up paying less money for staffing and the price rental. Guests will be serving themselves so you will need to plan a meal with heartier options and a more extensive menu, like soups and salads. Avoid items like seafood, which can be more costly.
A really fun trend we’ve seen a lot of lately is food trucks! Yep, we are talking about your lunch time go -to street taco truck. Hiring these guys is pretty simple, just be sure to give them at least a thirty-day advance notice. Also, if you wish to include alcohol, consider limiting the bar to a few drink minimum per guest. A neat way to do this is to issue a drink ticket for each guest. You may also think about skipping the champagne toast. Not all of your guests will like champagne, and it can become a needless expense. Keeping the reception alcohol-free entirely can also save you a considerable amount of money, as the cost per drink is estimated to be $16 each.
Seating Accommodations and Centerpiece
When it comes to providing tables and chairs for your event, it can add up very quickly. Factor in the cost of delivery and truck rental on top of it and it becomes downright daunting. However, there is a pretty good chance you could get a local business or charity to loan them to you at little to no cost. Oftentimes churches will have exactly what you need. When choosing your chairs for the wedding ceremony, why not make it suitable for your reception as well? A dual-purpose chair will cut back on a lot of your expense. For your table, try a circular shape. Not only does this shape work wonders for saving space, but you can fit more people around it, too.
It can get pretty pricey to rent flatware and glassware for your entire reception party. Why not let your creativity shine by borrowing every single piece from family and friends? You can mix different dish colors, prints, and patterns for a fun twist to the traditional wedding white. Another fun suggestion is a decorative piece of tile instead of a plate. You can stop over at your local hardware store to pick out something perfect and at a fraction of the cost.
Centerpieces are the main event for the reception table and can cost hundreds of precious dollars. Again, the internet can be a lifesaver in situations like this. A favorite amongst the bridal community is Pinterest. This website is full of DIY ideas shared by other brides, just like you! Or if you know any other newlyweds, why not ask to borrow their centerpieces instead of spending money on brand new ones?
Giving the Perfect Party Favors
Let us not forget the gifts for our guests! We know you want to show your appreciation to your guests for all of their support and dedication. But how can you do this, without creating unnecessary expenditures? Instead of those pricey little trinkets that will end up shelved and collecting dust in the coming years, we have an alternate suggestion.
How about something your guest will actually use? Set up a ‘farm stand’ table of delicious and colorful fruit. Set up small baskets that guests can fill up with fruit on their way out! Bonus points: the farm stand pulls double duty as a stunning wedding decoration! For some extra pizzazz, why not grab a couple of our Mai Tai Bouqs to adorn the table around your fruit?
Choosing the Entertainment
To make your wedding all the more memorable and add some extra special fun, we suggest hiring a dance instructor instead of an entertainer or DJ! This is also very cost-effective and a sure fire way to bring the family together. You will come away with incredible photographs and video that you will enjoy for many years to come. If having a performer is more your style, hiring a wedding band is much more budget-friendly than a DJ. Wedding bands will know hundreds of songs and many of them are very modern and audience interactive, so everyone has fun!
Wedding Decor and Flowers
Every bride knows that her wedding decorations are just as important as the main event. From lighting to floral arrangements, there is so much out there to choose from. Thankfully there are many budget- friendly options available.
At Bouqs we have the perfect flowers to pair with any decor you can dream up. Choose from the brightest and freshest flowers, made exactly with your big day in mind. Our floral wedding services offer budget-friendly arrangements with the quality of luxury. Our promise at Bouqs is to make sure you don’t empty your wallet when choosing your flowers. Our packages are 80% cheaper than your average florist. We have two incredible options available to suit your every floral request.
Select the Do-It-Yourself option to create the unique, artisan arrangements of your dreams! Our Intimate Package (recommended for parties of 75 guests or less) includes one bridal Bouq, four bridesmaid Bouqs, four boutonnieres, and eight centerpieces. For larger parties of 100+ guests, our Ultimate Package comes with one bridal Bouq, seven bridesmaid Bouqs, eight boutonnieres, and 12 centerpieces.
Or choose from our Prearranged Wedding Catalogue for exquisitely crafted Bouqs, guaranteed to dazzle amongst your decorations. For a distinctive and bold atmosphere that enhances any outdoor backdrop, we recommend our Always collection. With its eclectic red accents and deep green eucalyptus, it’s one of our best-sellers. Our small package includes ten pieces, and our larger option includes 40 pieces; including centerpieces, bridesmaid Bouqs, boutonnieres, corsages, and the bridal Bouq.
Bouqs is a proud recipient of Couples Choice Awards, for the past two years, courtesy of Wedding Wire. You can be sure when you choose Bouqs for your wedding flowers; we are up for the task and ready to help you create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.Shop All