Q. How do we get married on a small budget?
A. You can have a beautiful wedding on any budget. The key is to be realistic about what you can afford. Know what you have to spend – Ask all involved parties what they are willing to contribute. Then, determine your priorities and establish your budget off of them. If photography is most important to you, make sure to put enough in the budget to get what you want. But, also, know that you will probably have to compromise somewhere else. Consider your options. You will have options in each vendor category. For example, when picking your wedding date, look at a time of year, day of the week and time of day when prices are not at a premium. Finally, the easiest way to cut cost is through your guest list. 50-60% of most budgets are consumed by the price per head of their guests. At $30 a person, those extra 20 people you don't really know are going to cost you $600.00.
And remember, a wedding planner should be able to save you not only time, but money as well. Their experience with the local vendors and any discounts they receive should allow your budget to go further than if you were working by yourself.