A wedding in the
family can drain finances faster than reckless bidding in the Options
market. So what do you do if money is tight, prices are hitting a new
high and the big day is looming forebodingly close? Here's how to have a
fabulous wedding by cutting corners, but without sacrificing
are selecting the flowers for the decor, remember that seasonal blooms
are much more cost effective than those that are imported or not in
If you want to have a toast at the reception, it
is not necessary to serve champagne. There are many sparkling wines on
the market that offer both good quality and good value. However, be sure
to serve sparkling wine as chilled as possible. This dulls the flavour
and makes it harder to tell apart from champagne. Remember, hardly any
of your guests are going to be wine experts.
If you are hosting
the wedding ceremony and are a vegetarian, you can get away by having a
Nothing saves costs like cutting down on the number
of functions. Many couples opt to have the wedding earlier in the
evening, followed by the reception, so they needn't have a separate
function. Similarly, you could combine the mehendi with the
If you still want to host two
functions, keep the wedding small and intimate and follow it up by a
Make use of the talents of your friends. If someone
is knowledgeable about music, let him be the disc jockey at your
sangeet, so you don't have to hire a
Consider alternate wedding
venues. Many couples opt to get married in a temple. Similarly,
farmhouses can be more reasonable than five star hotels. Speak to
friends and relatives who have large gardens and find out if you can
have the functions there.
Find out if it is possible to
use flowers from a friend's garden, so you don't have to buy
Get married out of town, in a nearby, quaint
destination. For example, if you are in Bombay, consider holding your
wedding ceremony in Lonavala. Book rooms in a comfortable hotel and have
a blast, surrounded by your closest friends and
Unless you plan to be wearing a
heavy-duty designer outfit, the general rule of thumb is the more
material used, the more expensive the outfit. Straight, fitted lehengas
are very much the rage these days, and a much more elegant option (not
to mention economical!).
Get a second, light chunni
made to match your wedding lehenga, so it isn't a one-time-wear
Instead of having flowers as centerpieces, place a
bunch of grapes, a pear and an apple in a bowl and spray it with gold
paint. After they have served their purpose of decoration, simply dunk
them in a tub of water, and munch away!
off-season; it's great value for money. Venue prices will be slashed,
caterers won't be serving a mish-mash of leftovers from the last wedding
and guests won't go, "Oh no! Another one bites the dust!" when they
receive your card.
Stick to one type of menu.
It's a lot classier than having Chinese, Moghlai, Thai and Continental
all together and expecting guests to fill up their plates with noodles
one side, and daal on the other. Instead, have a different menu every
Finally, do your bookings well
in advance. Get several quotations while making arrangements and use
them as a basis for negotiation.
you want everyone to have a great time at your wedding without
overextending yourself, you have to make a budget and stick to it. It's
very easy to go overboard and there's no limit to the amount you can
spend. Know when to draw the line - and draw it.
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