In a world where opulent weddings often grace the glossy pages of numerous bridal magazines and social media, many couples dream of a lavish celebration to mark their special day. Usually, such weddings have a hefty price tag. However, achieving a luxury wedding doesn’t have to translate to emptying your pockets. Even top luxury planners understand the importance and benefit of making budget-conscious decisions. In this article, we unveil the secrets to creating a stylish budget-friendly wedding without compromising on guest experience, quality or elegance.
Set a Realistic Budget
As the famous saying goes, ‘a solid foundation is the key to success.’. The first step in planning a luxury wedding on a budget is to establish a clear budget. Identify what your priorities are, the ‘must-haves’ and the ‘nice- to-haves’. Afterwards, allocate your funds accordingly and have an allowance on the side for any last minute additions or surprises in the lead up to the day. These points are even more crucial If your are going into a season of heavy spending such as thanksgiving, Christmas and new years. It’s important to plan accordingly.
Prioritise What Matters Most to You
It’s only natural that your interests and favourite wedding elements may not always align. We also encourage our couples to determine/ identify which elements of the day are most important to both parties and would give the most impact. A ranking system for this is advised. It’s a list the couple can refer to over the planning process and help you focus your budget on the priorities, which can include a marvellous venue, a show-stopping entertainment or even fine dining. Allocating resources where they matter most ensures you get the most out of all suppliers paid for.
Choose the Right Venue
Choosing the right venue is another foundational decision that can positively affect how much is spent on your wedding day. Selecting an elegant yet budget-friendly location can make a significant difference. In our opinion , there are 3 main elements on your wedding day that eat into your budget the most. These are: venue, food and decoration. Look out for venues that offer all-inclusive packages, reducing costs on these main services as much as possible. you get the most bang for your buck.For example, a scenic outdoor venue or orangery that has food and beverage packages can provide a breathtaking backdrop aswell as entertainment at a fraction of the cost of a traditional banquet hall which would need to be heavily decorated, thus incurring additional costs.
Off-Peak and Midweek Weddings Offer Hidden Discounts
In most industries , people experience high and low seasons where they are either completely booked or where the work is much slower. This is the same for the wedding industry. Opting for an off-peak wedding date or a midweek celebration can result in significant savings. Venues and vendors are often more affordable during these times, as there are very few back-to-back bookings so they are able to offer you more discounts. Further to this, you’ll be able to enjoy a luxurious experience whilst also saving some money.
Guest List Management
It is not uncommon that many couples would love to share their big day with their friends and loved ones. For some, this number can extend into the hundreds or even thousands thus incurring extra costs per head. To maximise your budget, trim your guest list to include only your closest friends and family. This allows you to invest more in each guest’s experience and even have some left over for the honeymoon and life after the wedding day. A smaller guest list can allow you to tailor each detail to be as personalised as possible or opt for an exceptional culinary experience.The rule of thumb is: the more people invited, the more money spent.
Given the nature of a wedding celebration, most couples opt for the high end items, wanting to go all out but, often times, couples are now unsure what to do with their wedding dresses and jewellery. Why not explore pre-loved wedding dresses, jewellery, and even decor. Vintage and second-hand items can be stylish and add a unique look and feel to your event day. It is both environmentally friendly and cost-effective.
Luxurious Yet Simple Decor
Sometimes, there isn’t enough in the budget to cover every element that you might want on the day. Focus on a few impactful ideas to create that sense of timeless luxury. Consider statement pieces in a few areas, simple centrepieces on the tables and good lighting. The positive impact of lighting cannot be underestimated. A good lighting show can transform a charming space into an expensive-looking soirée.
Style of Meal Service Planning
Offer a gourmet dining experience for your guests by working closely with your catering team. Each caterer is different, but, the buffet style of food service is arguably the most affordable. However, a fair concern is how time consuming it can be. Try the family style of service or even Including an additional buffet stand offering the same food to make the food service much quicker. This is a cost effective way to create a luxurious ambiance without the extravagant cost of a 3-course plated meal.
Prioritise Photography and Videography
Do not fall into the trap of trying to save cost by compromising on your film and photography. Invest in top-notch photography and videography. Try using a company that can offer both services at a discounted rate. These professionals will capture the memories that last a lifetime, ensuring your celebration is documented for generations to come.
Luxury in the Details
What separates a good wedding from a great wedding is the small details incorporated throughout the day. Including personalised name cards, bespoke gifting, fine linens, and unique table settings can elevate the overall experience without a hefty price tag. A practical way of elevating your event is to tailor at least one element to each of the five senses.
Always Plan Ahead
Starting the planning process well in advance allows for better control over how your wedding day journey unfolds. You have more options of vendors to choose from, negotiation with vendors is much smoother and you can secure better rates. Also, by giving yourself a head start, you are able to save more money in the lead up to the day. It also reduces the chance of decision fatigue and stress of last-minute decision-making, which can lead to overspending.
Planning a luxury wedding on a budget requires careful consideration and creativity. By setting a realistic budget from the onset, focusing on what matters most to you, and making smart decisions, you can curate a celebration like none other without emptying your pockets or going over budget. It’s important to remind yourself, it’s not only about the price tag and what others would say; it’s about the love and the memories being created on this special day. So, plan with care and relish every moment of your savvy budget-friendly, luxurious wedding.
If you are in need of a wedding planner who fits the bill we would be delighted to hear from you. We have planned several weddings at many stunning venues and home residences before (previous weddings we planned ). You can get in touch with us by filling out the inquiry form on our Contact Page.