How to Organize a Cool Wedding without Spending too Much Money

The wedding day is the most important day in the life of every bride and groom.

Every spouse-to-be wants everything to work just perfectly on that occasion.

It’s also true that most couples would like to save a dime or two while organizing an original and exciting reception.

If you’re already planning to start a family, it would be great not to splurge all your savings on the wedding reception.

The great news is that it’s possible to throw a great party without wasting a fortune.

1)     DIY flower arrangements

Pinterest and Instagram are brimming with images of extraordinary flower arrangements.

Most of these photos were taken at wedding receptions.

Florists and flower shop owners make a lot of money during the wedding season because we all like flowers.

But what about going for DIY-flower arrangements?

For instance, a friend of mine decided not to order those classic flower arrangements for her wedding.

She thought that those solutions were usually sterile and unauthentic.

What she did was order wildflowers from the flower seller at the local open-air market. The number of these bouquets was equivalent to the number of tables in the hall where the reception took place.

So, she just took some old jars, filled them with water and put the bouquets inside them.

The final touch was sprinkling some lavender flowers around the tables.

The guests were delighted with those decorations and she did it with only little money and a lot of imagination.

2)     Inexpensive clothes

Every bride wants to choose the wedding dress that will make her look beautiful and special.

However, this dress doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars to meet that request.

Instead of wasting money on buying or renting branded wedding gowns, you can do something much simpler: visit the local tailor.

He or she will tell you what sort of fabric to buy and you can discuss the design with that professional, as well.

Instead of shelling out your savings on the wedding dress, you can make the same impact for a fraction of the cost.

What’s more, the tailor can make an outstanding veil, as well as other clothing accessories that would go with the dress.

Still, we have to say that it’s much easier to pull this off for a summer wedding.

Winter brides will need more layers or wedding clothes. Hence, this guerilla approach to the wedding dress might not pay off for winter weddings.

Also, the groom can shop around second-hand stores or search for such a suit online. There are some amazing suits that were worn only once, so you can look like a Hollywood star for only a few hundred Rand or dollars.

3)     Centralizing the wedding reception

Some couples like to get married in the church. Others invite the reverend to come to the wedding venue and perform the ceremony there.

There are also people who decide to have a non-religious wedding ceremony.

No matter what group you belong to, think about your guests in advance. If you have a lot of invitees who are coming from other parts of your country, keep things simple.

Those people need to have enough time to recuperate from the trip and prepare for the ceremony.

Therefore, centralizing the entire wedding procedure would be a smart thing to do.

For instance, you can opt for a single place where your guests can enjoy every single stage of the wedding day.

At the beginning, the guests can have a drink and a short snack, just to get ready for the real stuff.

When the wedding ceremony is over, the reception can start immediately. Neither you nor your guests will have to waste time driving to the venue. Also, they won’t have to wait for lunch.

Finally, when the party is over, they can go to sleep to their rooms.

Some places, like the Annex venue complex, provides all the services that you might need during your wedding day. In case you have guests from many different regions and towns, think about organizing your wedding at such a place.

4)     Traveling on a budget

In movies, honeymoons are always lavish and exclusive trips that cost a lot of money.

If that’s your lifestyle and you enjoy that, go for such a honeymoon.

But if you don’t lead such a life, don’t force yourself to spend a lot of money only because others do it.

Many young couples are planning to get a mortgage and they need money for those serious investments.

So, if both you and your partner don’t want to waste a lot of money for your honeymoon, think about an alternative trip.

For instance, you can full up your car and go for a car trip around your region or your country.

Even if you want to travel abroad, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

You can check out some special offers for plane tickets and discounts for hotels or private apartments.

Some couples even decide to go around different countries by train.

So, try not to copy others but find a way to spend a great honeymoon with your pre-planned budget.


We all want everything to be perfect on our wedding day. Still, it doesn’t mean that the entire ceremony has to cost a lot of money.

You can order flowers from street sellers or flower vendors at the market.

Also, you can use your imagination to decorate the wedding hall and tables with balloons, DIY decorations, and affordable plants.

Moreover, all the elements of your wedding ceremony can take place at one single venue. That way, you can save some time and get better rates from the owners.

Finally, you can organize your honeymoon on your own and see more places than a tourist agency would show you. We hope that all these tips will help you throw a smashing wedding ceremony within your budget.


James Barnes is an experienced wedding organizer and blogger at He specialized in organizing outdoor wedding events.When he isn’t writing about weddings and marital life, James usually goes swimming or playing squash.


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