With the average Irish wedding cost seemingly spiraling out of control, perhaps it is time for couples to look at what they need as opposed to what they want or what is expected of them.
Contrary to what you might hear, it is possible to throw a lavish party without the accompanying budget. No matter how amazing the wedding day turns out to be, brides in particular analyze their expenditure and point out areas where they could have improved upon in terms of budget. Below, we show you how to cut wedding costs without looking like a cheapskate!
Cutting Cost Per Guest
While cutting the guest list is one option, reducing the cost of each guest is another. A great way to cut food costs is by having a buffet instead of the traditional sit-down meal as it is possible find buffet options for as little as €15 a person. Another great tip is to use the wedding cake as dessert. Believe it or not, you will get away with asking guests to pay for their own booze. While this may seem like an unpopular option at an Irish wedding, the vast majority of guests will understand.
Use the technological age to your advantage by ditching the old-fashioned wedding invitation process. Set up your own wedding website and email address and send out e-invites. As well as saving you cash, it is also far easier to keep track of RSVP s. If you insist on old-school invitations, buy blank ivory cards and envelopes online and save several euro an invitation.
Eliminate Expensive Wedding Gift Boxes
Although presenting each guest with a mini-wedding gift is a thoughtful gesture, many couples make the mistake of spending money on gifts that are ultimately meaningless and end up collecting dust or else they are tossed in the bin. Rather than buying little trinkets, offer food gifts such as little boxes of chocolates or even a little breakfast bag containing muffins or pots of jam. These will be used by guests and are far less expensive than the traditional fare.
Small Wedding Party
On some occasions, the wedding party goes slightly overboard with a dozen or so members that looks more like an entourage than a dignified group! You don’t really need more than 2-3 groomsmen and 2-3 bridesmaids along with the best man and maid of honor. Only those that are closest to your heart should be included in the top table because each individual involved receives thank you gifts, bouquets and of course you need to pay for the rehearsal dinner and their attire for the wedding.
Cash Instead of Gifts
This tip is already widely followed all over Ireland as the days of giving gifts are dying out. In the modern era, guests are expected to give a wedding card with cash inside so make sure you follow this new way of doing things. It helps to pay for the vast cost of the wedding and it is also easier for guests to give you money rather than worrying about purchasing a suitable wedding present.
If you can follow the above tips, a great financial burden could be lifted from your shoulders and the quality of your celebration shouldn’t suffer one iota. Be frugal when you can but above all else, enjoy your day as it should be the happiest of your life!
Can you think of other ways to cut wedding costs without offending your guests or reducing everyone’s enjoyment?