Wedding Planning on a Budget: 4 Budget-Conscious Wedding Ideas

Brides enduring wedding planning on a budget should consider the following four creative options as alternatives to planning a traditional, high-cost wedding.

1. Modern Elopement.

Planning a modern elopement allows couples on a budget to plan an intimate wedding ceremony followed by dinner and drinks for a small number of guests. The most cost-effective modern elopement packages are offered by Bed & Breakfasts and Inns. The owner or Innkeeper generally takes care of all wedding planning aspects, such as providing bouquets, offering a weekend honeymoon suite and even catering an informal wedding dinner for six to ten guests in the property’s dining room. Packages can start as low as $1,500 for a full-service modern elopement package.

2. Destination Wedding.

Hawaii may be one of the most popular destination wedding locations, however, spending thousands of dollars on airfare leaves very little room in the budget for the wedding itself. The key to planning a budget-conscious destination wedding is choosing a scenic location within driving distance that features breath-taking natural scenery. For example, plan a simple beach wedding that allows you to serve lighter meals, use less decorations and wear a fuss-free dress. Or, plan a rustic wedding in a scenic state park that features a river or waterfall that allows you to serve BBQ and decorate inexpensively with elements found in nature.

3. Backyard Wedding.

A backyard wedding is ideal for couples with small budgets and equally small guest lists. Because there are no site or vendor requirements to adhere to, couples can take the opportunity to DIY just about every aspect of their wedding, including those with the highest price tags, such as food, music and décor. Whimsical and vintage aesthetics tend to take center stage in backyard weddings, as the casual nature of this type of event allows for more colorful and informal décor.

4. Farm weddings.

Though farms are not often thought of as a potential wedding venue, these unlikely spaces are making a big splash in the wedding planning realm. Brides and wedding planners across the country are turning to farms for a scenic, rustic and affordable venue alternative to the traditional reception venue. Many farms rent out barns or open pastures for weddings at a fraction of the cost of a traditional wedding venue. Though the price is certainly a motivating factor for many brides, the fact that you have more freedom over the vendors you work with, or which elements of the wedding you choose to DIY is also an added bonus. The unique backdrop and fresh, local food is simply the icing on the cake.

Having a beautiful wedding is still an attainable dream when working on a tight budget. It may require implementing unconventional strategies, such as serving BBQ at your wedding, or hosting your wedding in a rustic barn. But, with a bit of flexibility, creativity and elbow grease, you can have the wedding of your dreams without going into debt for the event.