So the list of things that are draining your good looking wallet out is just growing and growing and you seem to have overshot your wedding by a gazillion times over? Here is a quick list of things where you should look at splurging/cutting back! – Choosing your Wedding Date: Be smart, this could lead to MAJOR savings So of course, we know that your panditji is most likely to govern your wedding date but hang on a second. If by any chance your family isn’t that superstitious, try and get a wedding date in offseason. The discounts you get are UNBELIEVABLE
Photographers can charge up to 40% lesser in offseason
Hotel rates halve in offseason
Caterers give heavy discounts!
Know which materials are cheaper and still look good
Know which flower costs more/ less than the other so that your decorator is not taking you for a ride.
We recently attended a wedding where the decor was done in strips of printed fabric and lace- zero flowers and just some hanging frames and fabric which made for a stunning English-vintage look
Try some DIY Centrepieces
Similarly- do your own mehendi decor with hanging silk sarees with tea lights on the walls, putting out large platters with coloured powder and using candles and marigolds to do the trick
Getting an indoor venue will cut your decor budget by about half! So keep that in mind while choosing your venue.
Wedding Outfit: Stick to Budget This may come as a surprise to you, but fix a budget in your head of the amount you want to spend on your outfit and stick to it (One month of the girl’s salary is a good estimate). You can get a DREAM outfit for much lesser with the few following neat little tricks:
Customise your dream outfit by removing unnecessary borders etc: Just a couple of minor deletions.
Look for outfits with lighter work, but ones that still have drama and elegance
A lighter skirt with a super heavy blouse and two dupattas works wonders and is much cheaper than a heavier skirt
Don’t compromise on fabrics- choose the best quality silks, velvets and georgettes. They are the ones that make a lehenga look more expensive than it is.
Shop around: Most shops in Delhi carry variants of the same lehengas. Make sure you compare notes before finalising.
Look out for sales and promotions in lean seasons!