Do you know you can make all your wedding dreams reality? And yes it’s possible even if you keep to a budget. All you require is a bit of creativity. And fall themed weddings lend themselves to some amazing ideas. Why do you need these ideas? Because you don’t want any regrets. When you save in some areas you can use the money to make other wishes come true. These tips will help you reach your goals no matter what your budget is. Your large budget can result in even more. Your small budget is enough to create the perfect wedding day.
- DIY Your Wedding
Weddings are about creating memories. Apart from the momentous occasion of saying ‘I do’ you also have memories with family and friends. Guess what! The time leading up to your wedding is supposed to be a good memory too. Many couples only remember the pressure beforehand. If you pick a fall theme and decide to be original your preparations will be fun filled instead. And much of this comes from fun DIY projects.
You don’t have to hire a professional florist. Oh! You didn’t know?
So many couples follow usual wedding planning methods and waste a lot of money in the process. Flowers are expensive and the costs go up when they have to be arranged in a certain fashion. So do it yourself. Fall themes usually inspire big bouquets of bright flowers. These you and your friends can pick—or purchase—yourselves. This even makes your bouquet options easy. A simple garland of wild flowers may fit better with your fall décor than an expensive, rigid bouquet.
Help your guests prepare for your wedding’s relaxed fall atmosphere by making invitations yourself. Because fall is synonymous with less refined features you don’t have to feel pressured to design the perfect invitation. Use theme inspired paper and fabric to create something original your guests will remember. And I promise you’ll have fun making them.
Is there anything more beautiful than fall leaves?
This is simply one example of fall décor that will complement your wedding. And you can gather and arrange them as decor yourself. You don’t have to pay a professional to handle this. You don’t even have to pay for expensive décor.
During fall second hand items can be efficient to highlight your theme:
- Use wood items borrowed from friends and family
- Purchase items from second hand shops at low prices
- Use old furniture and rugs to create a unique photo corner
When you do it this way you even include your loved ones in the preparations. Here’s what I love. You get more excellent memories while you spend less.
- Use Fall to Your Benefit
Here’s an interesting tip I got. Fall isn’t necessarily peak season at most venues. But you may not know about different rates unless you ask vendors about it. Enquire about rates throughout the year. Pick a day that falls outside peak times so you benefit from lower rates. If you want a fall wedding anyway this won’t inconvenience you.
- Book Somewhere Extraordinary
Stop before you book your hometown’s dream wedding venue. Is it worth it?
Vendors escalate their usual prices the moment they know it’s for a wedding. Counter this problem by being original. A fall wedding matches perfectly with rustic themes and old farm architecture. Look for buildings resembling these themes in your area. They don’t do weddings? Are you sure?
I approached owners of a building that matched my theme and got the best venue quote I could have dreamed about. Why? People love the exposure. Many venues want to expand into becoming wedding locations but they don’t know how to start. Your wedding will help them and their low rates will help you. This option helps you in terms of décor too. Old buildings don’t require much décor because they’re already beautiful and striking. For fall weddings they already fit into the theme. And don’t fret about inexperienced venue staff not offering good service. Owners will be extra vigilant to build their reputation so they’ll assist you as much as they can.
- Stay Put
Now that you have the perfect setting, why move? Keep your ceremony and reception in one place and I guarantee you’ll save money. If you use a regular wedding venue you’re bound to get discounts when using two of their rooms. Alternatively you can have the ceremony in the reception hall. With a fall theme this will work perfectly to create a comfortable atmosphere. No guest has to drive after the ceremony so they can relax from the start.
- Casual Eating is Better
And what about the food? You probably have quotes for sit down dinners, right? Think again. Food is how vendors make a lot of money out of weddings and it’s not necessary. This is especially true for a fall wedding. Why not simply serve hors d’oeuvres and finger food? Perhaps you can use it as another way for the family to get involved via self catering? Light up fires and let guests roast marshmallows after dinner.
Once again these moments will be more memorable and the costs will be minimal. You can even save on drinks by offering warm drinks for free while offering alcoholic beverages for sale. This is more in line with your theme and will be less expensive.
- Hold Back on Wedding Favors
No I don’t mean you shouldn’t appreciate your guests. And a gift is essential to express the value they have for you. But it’s not necessary to blow your budget on them. A fall theme is all about homely food. So why not give them some home baked goods as they leave your wedding in chilly weather? This may be more appreciated than impersonal items placed in drawers and forgotten along with all the other wedding favors received over the years.
Which tip makes you rethink your plans? I know it’s challenging to plan a wedding. This pressure tends to blind us to original—better—ways of doing it. But now your creativity is sparked. Your fall wedding will be all you dreamed and more & your budget is one less item to worry about.