Do you hate seeing young couples spend the same amount on their wedding ceremony as they would on a house down payment? And nothing can be worse than starting life together laden with debt. Thankfully, there are ways to throw a fantastic wedding without breaking the bank. Here are a few tips:
- For your wedding gown, make over your mom’s wedding dress (the Princess Di look is out, but if that’s what she wore, you have plenty of fabric to work with).
- If you can’t wear your mom’s gown, shop sales. You can purchase a bridesmaid’s dress to wear as a wedding gown (they look similar, are less expensive and come in the appropriate “bride” colors.)
- Have your ceremony at home, at your family’s lake house or your boss’ art gallery. Select a venue that charges no rental fees.
- Choose a location that lets you bring your own alcohol and hire your own foodservice provider.
- Buy flowers at a local grocery store or farmers market. Most let you to order what you want ahead of time, which is much less expensive than using a traditional florist.
- Set hard and fast rules regarding the guest list, and stick to them. You may choose to only invite those you dearly love or to keep it low key and invite no co-workers.
- Ask friends and relatives for help. Can your uncle serve as DJ? Can your cousin be the wedding coordinator? Does your aunt take great photos?
- Budget for the thank-you notes and stamps. This is mandatory.
- Hire a gourmet food truck to cater your wedding foods. A food trucks is an economical way to serve more food to more people, and food truck caterers aren’t into cookie-cutter menus. Most will work with you to develop an exclusive menu.
In Southern California, these three experience food trucks have helped newlyweds launch their married lives together with delicious foods: The Hungry Nomad, Greenz on Wheelz and Hang 10. They have catered and coddled thousands of guests and pampered plenty of beautiful brides, and they want to be part of your special day.
They can bring sandwiches and salads on wheels to your bachelor or bachelorette parties, serve sit-down meals for your rehearsal dinner or bridesmaid lunch and create a buffet for your bridal shower or post-wedding brunch on the day after. And they’ll work with your budget to provide a delicious, memorable wedding feast. Call them for a complimentary consultation.