Unlike the West, Indian weddings are often larger-than-life. With so much glamour and glitter around, you must be perfectly aware about the cost it requires to set up such an event. From wedding decoration and gorgeous wedding attires, to gifts and extravagances, Indian weddings certainly come with a hefty price tag.
So to all the brides and grooms who are looking out to cut costs and save money on their BIG DAY, here are 10 tipson how you can get hitched without breaking your bank account.
1. LIMIT YOUR GUEST LIST
This isn't easy, especially if you have a big family. But the bigger the guest list, the higher the price tag. Think if you really need to invite 500 guests or a 100 guests who are at your foremost priority? if not, cross that name off and you'll save big on your catering costs.
2. DITCH THE WEDDING SEASON
But these Pandits and Grandfathers will not let you marry in the off-season. This tip will work best for those who do not believe in pandit-ji-wala-date. If you do this, you will save thousands and get everything cheap from marriage venue to catering options.
3. GO WITH THE SEASON
Buying off-season flowers for your wedding decorations could be a costly affair. The same goes for your food. Consider buying what’s in season for cheaper prices. Go with the season, as you’ll get more attention from shopkeepers and save BIG BUCKS too!
4. USE FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS
Holda wedding at your popular sports club or a nearby hotel. Because members get both - special rates and significant discounts. Plus, both locations will be located nearby.
5. HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER
Yes, you read it right! Wedding planners have a better idea where to find cheap and quality stuff. You just need to inform them about your requirements and they will arrange things for you.
6. TRY TO CUT BACK ON YOUR WEDDING DRESS
It might sound a little bizarre, but if you think with a clear mind (keeping your BUA and CHACHI’s view out of the equation), you will realize that your clothes are not going to be used even once after the wedding (If you are not planning to remarry any time soon): p
7. DIY WHEREEVER POSSIBLE
If you have creative friends, put them to work. Do you plan to host a Sangeet? If yes, instead of hiring expensive choreographers, you can use YouTube videos to help choreograph the dances. Or If you have a friend who’sa makeup artist, ask him or her to help with your makeup.
8. CHOOSE YOUR VENUE WISELY
Instead of choosing different venues for different events, you can host all your functions at the same venue. You can choose a holiday house or a beachside open-air venue. Or maybe a relative or friend of yours owns a farmhouse which you could rent for the wedding.
9. GO DIGITAL
Why send printed invites? We get it that your DADI or one of your older relatives do not regularly access their email and may miss your invite. But what about the rest? We bet your uncles and aunts have access to social media. You can create an affair on a social networking site and invite all of your near and dear ones.
10. SERVE SIGNATURE COCKTAILS
Alcohol is one of the biggest expenses of a wedding. Consider choosing a signature drink (or a series of signature cocktails) that use one type of liquor. Or just stick to serving wine, beer and enough champagne for toasts.