We are living in tough financial times and many couples are resorting to some very creative or shall we say cheap ways of paying for their weddings.
From asking for money instead of gifts to getting guests to pay for their own food; nothing is too taboo.
We look at some of the cost cutting measures couples have adopted for the weddings:
Getting the wedding party to pay for their outfits
This has become the norm in many weddings. The groomsmen and the bridesmaids are expected to pay their outfits and shoes and in some cases they even cover their own transport costs. – This sometimes means paying for two outfits (traditional and modern) that you will never wear again.
Money instead of gifts
Out the fear of being stuck with ten blenders and twenty dinner sets couples are opting for money instead of gifts for their weddings.
Wedding invitations are sent out with little messages like these at the bottom:
“Your presence at our wedding is all that we wish for. However, if you want to give a gift, we will be grateful for a small cash donation towards our new future/house renovations/honeymoon/etc.”
This is one of the most common ways of saving on costs. Instead of letting guests drink the whole night on your tab, you get them to pay for their own drinks. This is normally limited to alcoholic drinks
If celebs can get stuff for free why can’t you? Getting your big day sponsored by a company or publication is another growing trend.
‘Most pretend to have a blog of some sort that they promise to plug your products on. But some are totally brazen and just ask for free holidays or clothes, without even pretence that they’re offering anything in return,’ a PR person for a health and beauty brand told the DailyMail.
Paying for your own food
Of all the weird cost cutting measures we’ve heard of, this one takes the trophy. Why invite guests to your wedding then expect them to pay for the food?
According to the Dailymail.co.uk, the new trend is to ask guests to cover the costs of their meal and a share of the entertainment. Bank details are often printed at the bottom of the invitation so you can pay for the meal in advance.
Would you go to such a wedding? Give us your thoughts on the different cost cutting measures.