A wedding celebration is probably the biggest party you will ever throw, and also likely the most expensive. Can you throw a wedding with a budget of $10,000 or less without diminishing the experience of you and your guests? Of course you can, but it might not be the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s our top-six list of weddings on a dime.

  1. Buy your two outfits off the rack or on sale. Let’s face it. You want to look absolutely incredible for your big day. Renting tuxedos as a group can net you great discounts—or choose some fabulous black outfits or other formal wear you might already have at home. Shopping at a store that carries plenty of dress sizes and dress options can make this task easier for brides. Tip: If you don’t have your colors picked out, sale racks become much easier.
  2. Invite your family and friends, but only up to twenty-five people. Sure you want your closest 200 friends and extended family, but a smaller invite list makes room for a bit more of the glam that you’ve always dreamed about.
  3. Choose a home or picturesque outdoor spot for the ceremony, maybe somewhere special to the couple. This can eliminate a lot of up-front costs that might come from renting a building or hall. Ask friends or your officiant about spots they’ve used in the past.
  4. Book a private room in your favorite restaurant. Catering can eat up the majority of the budget. By picking a private room in a restaurant you love, food costs can be greatly reduced. Tip: many restaurants can offer planned short-menus for parties, which makes this option more economical!
  5. Reserve VIP sections at your favorite bar or club. We all know the after-party can be the most memorable for your guests. You’ve had your intimate dinner, but now it’s time to dance. By reserving VIP sections you get the fun of the club without fighting the crowds. Tip: Your guests can buy their own alcohol at the club! In the Nashville area, PLAY Dance Bar offers great VIP options.
  6. Weekend honeymoon at a fabulous resort. The honeymoon is the part you’re looking forward to. It’s time for you and your partner yo spend those first glorious moments alone as newlyweds. Save money by booking for a weekend instead of a full week. You might be on a smaller budget, but at least you’re where you want to be with the one you love. Whatever you save, take home and put in a savings account! Future you will thank you.

Planning a wedding can be stressful and planning a wedding on a budget is even harder. If you’re fortunate enough to have a budget over $10,000, honeymoon NOT INCLUDED, the smartest option for your big day is to work with a wedding planner. Wedding planners can make your money stretch even further with designer discounts and network contacts, letting you experience a wedding that looks a million dollars.




Ron Sanford is a professional wedding and event planner. For more information, visit www.ronsanfordproductions.com.

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