How to Plan a Cost-Effective Small Wedding in a Short Period of Time

Planning a wedding can be exciting, fun and stressful. There is so much to prepare for with so many time constraints. Really depending on what your dreams were growing up, planning a small wedding can be more cost-effective, more intimate and just overall a less taxing job. Here are a few good tips for planning that small wedding!

Guest List

Keeping the guest list to a minimum can be difficult when you sit down with your partner. You each want to invite certain family and friends. Having these people there to share this turning point in your life is important and it should be! However, if you decide you are going with a small wedding maybe only invite twenty people each. This will make the overall occasion more personable and cost-effective.

Outside Wedding?

When planning this small wedding, it really opens up the endless possibilities of where to get married. For example, why not try the beach? This location is usually free, secluded and easily accessible for a small number of guests. Also consider a location like a local a park or waterfront property. These choices may be cheap or free and when you only have a small number of guests it is easier to reserve.

Saying “I Do” With the Bride and Groom?

If there is adequate room and the number of guest is limited, invite them to stand with the bride and groom. This may be an unconventional way of attending a wedding, but it would be a wedding to remember. This allows the guest to get up close and gives a personal touch aside from having them sit down.

Going to the Chapel

Another way to have a very, very small wedding is to go to the courthouse. The bride and groom may bring a witness or two, but this is one of the most money-saving ways to get married. This has become more acceptable in the last few years. Even though it is a small wedding, many may agree to small and in personable.

Not an Ordinary Party Favor

If you are saving the expense of inviting a lot of guest you will be able to spend money in other areas if you wish. One area would be to design a party favor that would be more of a keepsake for the guest. Maybe a mini keychain with you and your spouse with the date of the wedding, or maybe a program that lays out background information about you and your spouse. A token of something to remember you by will last forever.

Having a small wedding does not have to cost and arm and a leg. Small weddings are really becoming the “in” thing to do. It makes that much more personal and something that will be cherished by many. Plan a small wedding and make memories to last a lifetime!

The Easiest Way to Get Free Wedding Planning

So you are all excited at the start of planning your wedding day but you do not want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a professional wedding planner. You are going to have to pay for certain things anyway and it can be a waste to have a middle person doing all the coordinating for you. They will charge you handsomely for their services.

Of course if you have no time and very few contacts it might actually be better if you did use a professional but that is up to you. I will assume that you have decided to do your own wedding planning. That decision made there is no shortage of excellent resources for you to use to help you plan your special day
You cannot do the food or the honeymoon for free but you can with a bit of skill and guile do your wedding planning for free. Here are a few ways to do this.

Using the internet to do your free wedding planning

The internet is becoming freer by the year and there are lots of free guides and e-books on wedding planning that you can download. There are also checklists and spreadsheets for you to follow to ensure nothing is missed out. To find these websites type in a phrase such as wedding plan or plan your wedding and you will get plenty of help.

Friends can help you plan your wedding but choose them well

Its time to call in a few favors and use your friends to help you plan the wedding. Make sure they are reliable and not prone to stupid ideas. It is not their wedding, it is yours and they need to remember that. When we planned our wedding (30 years ago) I chose my best friend to help. Now he is a born organizer and administrator so we had a fantastic day and the planning and delivery of our special day was second to none. No surprise I made him best man on the day.

Between us we gathered a small team who came up with how we wanted our day to be. We added things in and removed other bad ideas over 3 or 4 meetings in our home. All the implementation was shared out and we had a fantastic day. This cost us nothing other than a bit of time and some careful choosing of the right friends. If you have good friends they will want to help for free.

Use other people weddings as an idea resource for yours

Some weddings are memorable and others are downright dreadful. There is nothing remotely funny about a drunken groom on his wedding day. Think back to the weddings you have been to and try to define what it was that you liked about it. Was it the music, the greeters, the cars, the speeches? Copy ideas from other people. If you are worried they will think you copied the idea tell them what you plan to do. They will take it as a compliment that you are doing the same thing.

Use your own ideas carefully

Your wedding needs to be your own day with its own character. This is a great bonus for doing your own wedding planning. You can put in touches that no one else has thought of. But this can be a problem. Just because you think it is a nice romantic idea it doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Horse drawn carriages are great but have you smelt the XXXX that comes out of the horses? Mixing the families might be right or could be disastrous. To overcome potential problems run the ideas past your team and listen. In the end your vote over rides all the others but other peoples input could stop a disaster.