Weddings can be much easier to plan when someone else is paying or money isn’t an object but for those on a budget, a small wedding is crucial. Here are some tips to help you organize a wedding within a sensible budget.

Consider a destination wedding. Typically, destination weddings are small knit and you can have everything booked together in a package hosted by the destination site. It’s customary for the wedding guests to pay for their own travel and lodging but make sure you clearly explain your wishes with your guests in advance.

Host online. Consider streaming your ceremony and/or reception via Skype or another web video service. Google even allows live broadcasting to YouTube and allows instant commenting so your guests can experience everything but your menu. Additionally, the recording saves to your YouTube profile for watching in the future.

Have a potluck. Instead of spending a huge chunk of money on food that may never be consumed, ask your guests to bring their favorite dish that will serve 4-6 people. Go one step further and assign blocks of people to items like appetizers, entrees and desserts. Instead of one large wedding cake, which can cost in the hundreds, opt for a small cake for the wedding couple and allow the potluck dessert to feed the rest of your guests.

Check local parks. There are many options now available for outdoor venues at little to no cost. You may have to get there early to reserve your spot but cutting out a private reception hall can save you a thousand dollars or more.

Tap into your circle of friends. Have a friend who is a DJ? Know someone who is excellent with a computer? Ask friends to help you with wedding services instead of getting you a gift. It will save you money and having three extra toasters to return.

Hosting a small wedding doesn’t mean you have to skimp on value. Additionally, check with any professionals that you wish to hire and see if there’s a way to share your abilities with them in exchange for a price discount. You may be able to knock off part of the cost just by volunteering your own unique skills!


Derrick Perrin owner of Big Box Pro Wedding Video. I love to hike and camp. I'm also a big fan of woodworking and running.