If you’re having a small wedding (no more than 100 guests) on a budget and you don’t intend to hire a wedding planner, planning and arranging could still be a breeze. Here are our tips to help you pull it off.
1. Choose the perfect place for your wedding ceremony. Civil weddings may be held in restaurants and private resorts nowadays, even at your own home! And as for church weddings, small isn’t always equal to less. Whatever the circumstances and your budget may be, always keep in mind that what’s most important is that you are marrying the one you love.
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2. Choose the right reception venue for you and invest on good food. Book a venue that already includes food in the package, especially since most tasteful-looking venues charge for at least P5,000 without food yet, excluding corkage fees. Cozy restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts (as opposed to the usual hotels) are a great place to hold wedding receptions because aside from the quality of food, they already have a feel of their own, so no need sprucing up the place (or ordering expensive flowers!). Balay Indang in Cavite (20 minutes away from Tagaytay) only charges P850 per head and they’re not strict with time as long as there’s no conflict in schedule.
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3. Be a smart dresser. And this applies to your wedding gown and your husband’s barong, down to what your whole entourage is going to wear. Even if it’s now acceptable to have your entourage pay for their clothes, it’s still not that ethical. They should feel honored to be part of your wedding, not feel robbed. You may simply buy cloths and make your entourage have them sewn for themselves. Or you can head to Divisoria where bridal gowns go as low as P3,500 each (including accessories), barongs at P800, and entourage gowns at P600.
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4. Commission your photography enthusiast relatives and friends. Ask them to take candid shots during the reception so you can have fun moments to look back to. Hire the services of a professional photographer for only P10,000 or below for a few hours (as opposed to getting their full service that could go as much as P50,000) and have the pictures printed yourself. Lay out your wedding album through PictureBooks and have it delivered right to your doorstep in just a week! Album prices range from P495 to P2,795.
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Plan your wedding at the comforts of your home! Look for more wedding suppliers using the EYP Canvass. It lets you specify your needs when looking for suppliers and gives you quotes from these suppliers.
5. Seek the help of family and friends. You’d be amazed at how much your family (and your future husband’s family) and your friends would love to help out. If you have a friend who loves to bake, why not “hire” her to bake your wedding cake and cupcakes to be given out as wedding favors? Ask your brother to download your favorite songs and make CDs out of them. The possibilities are endless!
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6. Don’t forget your honeymoon. What’s a wedding without it? This is one important aspect of a small wedding that is often overlooked, which should not be the case. Ever. You may not have the budget to escape to the most romantic places outside the country but with Deal Finder, you can honeymoon to hotspots in Boracay for as low as P5,000 or Batangas for P3,000.
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What tips have you got when planning a small wedding on a budget?