Sessy Tips For Low-Budget Weddings
1. Avoid adding any element to the ceremony or reception out of unnecessary obligation.
Two of my favorite weddings to attend had less than a hundred guests, and wedding announcements were sent to family members and friends who weren’t invited to the ceremony or reception. The announcements succeeded in keeping uninvited but no-less-loved people in the loop, and welcoming them to share in the couple’s joy.
2. Ask friends and family to help out. If they say yes, give them tasks. Chances are they will be excited to help!
If the wedding will be small, it’s likely that attendees will be family or close friends, people you can feel comfortable asking to pick up beer for the reception, help decorate the venue, pick up someone from the airport, maybe even help cook if the reception will be a barbecue, bring chairs, etc etc! Keeping in tune with Tip #1, don’t make anyone feel obligated to help, and be sympathetic if they are unable due to money, time, their small children, whatever it will be.
3. No need to go over the top with reception nosh.
If you want alcohol at your wedding, go for beer instead of liquor! If you want to feed your guests but a fully catered three-course meal is out of your budget, try for tacos or some other filling snack from a restaurant or place that you and your partner love! That said, having vegetarian and even gluten-free options (depending on your guests) is a considerate way to go.