15 Ways To Cut Your Budget For Your Wedding In Jamaica

As a wedding planner in Jamaica I meet and speak with alot of brides on a weekly basis and the main thing that's on every brides tongue and mind right now is the word budget. Sticking to budget and avoiding debt. Also today most couples are financing their own wedding so its a major concern. See below some suggestions for trimming that budget:

1. Instead of having a full bar for the cocktail hour why not do a signature drink or just offer a limited bar.

2. Buy your own liquor wholesale. You will pay corkage to some venues for serving it but it still saves you something.

3. Have a morning wedding and thus a wedding breakfast or brunch.  Breakfasts and brunches, are usually more affordable than evening receptions. They are shorter and guests tend to consume less food and liquor early in the day.

4.  Avoid price main courses. Use expensive ingredients, such as lobster, in hors d'oeuvres where the serving size is less rather than in a main course.

5. Make the wedding or display cake your dessert. As a planner we now suggest this alot and therefore schedule the cutting of the cake early in the event so that the cake can be removed and prepared for slicing and thus dessert.

6. Avoid a full sit down dinner. Some brides are now opting to just have a cocktail reception or simply a cake reception where only cake and drinks are served.

7. Choose and simple wedding cake design. Order a moderately priced, plainly decorated cake, and make the focal point the cake topper. Floral toppers or flowers used on the cake in some gorgeous blooms and colors, vintage bride-and-groom figurines, wedding bells, monograms or a pair of doves (from an antiques shop or handmade) are toppers that can make a cake memorable.

8. Champagne for toasts only. Instead of serving champagne all night using it for toasts only is a good way of cutting the budget.

9. Re use your wedding flowers. For example bridesmaids bouquets can be reused in centerpieces. Also if there's an adequate number of ceremony flowers and they're an appropriate size, they can serve as centerpieces at the reception; otherwise they can decorate behind the headtable,  guest-book, seating-card, and favor tables.

10. Go minimalist with your centerpieces. Instead of decorating tables with large arrangements, float a few flowers in shallow bowls or glass cylinders filled halfway with water. You can also use candles or attractive glass containers with fruits.

 

11. Use cheaper blooms. Don't overlook such floral standbys as daisies and carnations. They're available year-round, are quite affordable, and when arranged en masse make delightful centerpieces and bouquets.

12. Make your own wedding favors. There are tons of DIY ideas now on the internet. Click this link to find 29 ideas http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/228626/boxed-wedding-favors/@center/272429/diy-weddings#/228622

13. Downsize your bridal party. Try to keep the number of attendants as small as possible: The larger the bridal party, the more you'll spend for gifts, hair and make up and flowers.

14. Edit your guest list. To minimize the guest list, refrain from inviting children and coworkers. Include your friends' significant others but not casual dates. A rule of thumb I use is if you haven't talked to the person in 2 years then they aren't important enough to be on the list.

15. Never be afraid to ask for a discount. Before signing a contract with your caterer, photographer, or florist, try to negotiate a lower yet still reasonable price.

129 thoughts on “15 Ways To Cut Your Budget For Your Wedding In Jamaica

  1. Frankly, you don’t have the time to do all the research and footwork it takes to find the best, most economical choices.

  2. Don’t Do It All Yourself.

  3. ask a florist to create one centerpiece that you and your friends can use as a template for making the rest yourselves.

  4. Don’t follow the crowd (or re-create your sister’s wedding.)

  5. Trust that she’ll come up with creative options.

  6. Work with your caterer. Let her know what your budget is, what kinds of food you want, and she’ll determine what she can give you within those parameters.

  7. The more choices you order, the higher the cost.

  8. Certainly you don’t want your guests to leave your reception hungry or unhappy, but over-ordering food or planning a seven-course dinner isn’t the answer.

  9. Don’t Stuff Your Guests.

  10. then have everyone chop from the bottom to create a “B” list.”

  11. Split your list among your own guests, your groom’s and your parents’. T

  12. Their solution is to “figure out how many guests you can actually afford.

  13. More people=more money. Period.

  14. Don’t Let Your Guest List Get the Best of You.

  15. Sit down with your fiance and list what you absolutely must have, and you’ll make wiser financial decisions.

  16. When you go food shopping without a list, don’t you often come home with lots of stuff you didn’t need? Ditto for weddings.

  17. Don’t Get Stuck on Shoulds.

  18. Resist keeping up with the Joneses.

  19. .Don’t Fall Prey to Peer Pressure.

  20. You just may wind up taking the first place you saw, and you’ll know in your heart it’s the best!

  21. List the details of each wedding venue — costs, services, extras, terms—on a spreadsheet or something similar.

  22. Don’t write a check, only to find a beautiful place that costs less and offers more a few days later. Investigate.

  23. Even if you fall in love with the first reception venue on your list when you visit, be patient.

  24. If there’s pressure to sign then and there, proceed to the next vendor on your list.

  25. Instead of signing a contract on the spot, take it home and read it carefully. The vendor shouldn’t mind waiting 24 hours or so.

  26. You need to know when payments or balances are due, if there are any minimum charges, corkage fees, cake-cutting fees, etc.

  27. Don’t skip over anything, and ask any questions immediately, especially when it comes to payment terms.

  28. Make a list of, in order of MUST-haves, your wedding details, so you can spend your dollars on the higher priorities.

  29. Begin with a realistic overall budget (which will involve planning meetings with your fiance.)

  30. Resist the impulse to rent a Rolls Royce limo.

  31. the one with the yellow rose is lovely

  32. the centrepieces are gorgeous

  33. definitely practical and valuable tips

  34. buy what would your guests think of a cake reception?

  35. yes….i’ve seen the cake reception….

  36. cake reception is is great idea

  37. is that the Yoko ono Pom Pom?

  38. loving the pictures shown – the centre pieces are nice

  39. definitely would do #1 – that would save alot of cash

  40. all the tips given here are so usable and practical

  41. you can get your liquor on consignment too!

  42. but all these tips will really help me to make an informed decision :). Thanks Helen G.

  43. the candle and the yellow rose centrepiece is cute….all these ideas sometimes make it hard for me to choose 🙁

  44. I am definitely going to do #3 for my wedding

  45. true true re # 14….u will save a whole lot.

  46. #14 is at the heart of it! why invite strangers and not so close friends to your wedding. Minimize and trim cost

  47. loving #10 and #11….minimalist….way to go.

  48. a great article Helen! with enough details to make a decision

  49. thanks for the tips, esp #13 and #14. It’s always good to shop around and get value for your money.

  50. I love the ideas here, particularly #6, 13 and 14. A small wedding is definately for me

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