The first concern that pops up into your mind when you think of cost-cutting is if it will bring down the grandeur of the wedding. The trick is to find the right balance between the two. Shaving off expenses need not always come at the cost of the event looking shabbier. You can reduce costs while still having the wedding of your dreams. And, in this article here we will show a few ways in which you can do the same.

Use Existing Venues

While you may not be able to avoid renting a venue for the actual wedding, many of the pre-wedding events can be held at home. If not at your home, you can use the residence of a friend/relative, which has a nice, open back garden. This will work really well for Haldi and Mehndi. If you live in an apartment complex, then there will be halls inside which can be rent at relatively cheaper rates with the added advantage of avoiding travel. 

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Even while going for an outdoor venue, go for something which is not typically used as a wedding venue. For example, you can opt for a golf course or a public orchard. 

Rent/Redesign Rather Than Buy

Renting your outfit for your special day may seem quite off-putting but let’s be realistic. Chances are that you are not going to reuse this dress, and renting might be a cheaper option. By renting, you may be able to afford even some higher-end designer labels. Or you can rent outfits for a couple of events and buy the rest.

A more attractive option is to redesign something from your mother’s or aunt’s wardrobe. You can also restitch a saree as a lehenga. The possibilities are endless. It is an exceptional feeling to fashion something out of a garment which was special to your mother. The dress becomes a part of the family history and is all the more memorable for it. 

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If you do opt to buy a dress, then there is a trick that may work. Tell the vendor that you are looking to buy a lehenga for your Sangeet or Mehndi. They will automatically show cheaper and lighter lehengas. 

The same holds true for jewellery also. Jewellery is even more expensive than clothing, so try to rent and reuse as much as possible. By renting, you can wear designer jewellery at just a fraction of the cost. 

Don’t Overorder Food

While you need to account for a few extra heads try and keep the order conservative. Also, you can limit the number of dishes in one of the courses. If there is an elaborate array of appetisers, then you can limit the number of main courses and vice versa. For the Mehndi or Haldi, you can restrict the cuisine to finger food if you think it will work. Opt for a brunch package instead of a lunch package. Also, Indian cuisine is significantly cheaper than international cuisine items. 

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Alternative Decor Items

Instead of choosing everyday decor items, work with your decorators to incorporate recycled materials such as wine bottles and origami. You can have artificial flowers, and they cost a whole lot cheaper. There are a lot of vendors offering artificial flowers which look very much like the real deal.

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There are also venues that come with ready-made decor and sets. Opting for one of this will be significantly cheaper as they will be reusing the same elements for multiple weddings. 

We hope that we have given you some ideas for cutting down wedding costs. If you have more ideas, let us know in the comments. 

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