Budgeting your Indian wedding: Splurge or Save?
BY The WMG Bride | 24 May, 2014 | 526 views | 6 min read
So the list of things that are draining your good looking wallet out are just growing and growing and you seem to have over shot 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 ofcourse 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 off season. The discounts you get are UNBELIEVABLE
- Photographers can charge upto 40% lesser in off season
- Hotel rates halve in off season
- Caterers give heavy discounts !
- Know which materials are cheaper and still look good (in our post here, Devika Narain mentioned how paper and origami are one of the coolest decor trends currently and also one of the cheapest ones around!) .
- 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 Center pieces like this one here
- Similarly- do your own mehendi decor with hanging silk sarees with tea lights on the walls, putting out large platters with colored 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 .
- Customise your dream outfit by removing unnecessary borders etc: Just a couple of minor deletions (eg: reducing a 1 inch border on the skirt, or making the bootis in the dupatta smaller ) can reduce the cost of a lehenga by 10K !
- 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
- Dont 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! Example- there is currently an offer for WMG readers on Liz Paul
Hope this helps guys ! Do let us know what you think in the comment section below.