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Wanting to make sure your wedding has that personal touch without breaking the bank? Here’s how to personalize your wedding when on a tight budget.
Weddings can be crazy expensive and whenever you put the ‘W’ word in front of anything the price seems double or even triple. So when you sit down and start to budget for your wedding it can be easy to account for the big things like venue, dress, food but forget the smaller things – the things that will make your wedding personal to you. Either that or with the inevitable overspending that can occur things likes favors and personalized cake toppers are the first things to go. Here are some ideas for how you can personalize your wedding on a budget.
I’m the first to admit we didn’t have the most traditional of weddings ourselves. We wanted to do things a bit differently and although I do have some regrets over how our wedding day went – the small personal touches we worked so hard on are not one of them. Yes, weddings can be beautiful but they can also end up feeling a little generic. We purposely chose a venue far away from out hometown that didn’t dress and style for you, or even have a wedding planner, because we wanted to look back and see a wedding that was ours not one that had been staged the same way for hundreds of couples before us.
I love looking back at Photographs of our wedding and seeing those personal little touches we spent time lovingly crafting and making for our guests to enjoy. And many of our guests remember them too.
When wedding planning, it can be those smaller touches, such as favours or the name places or personalized cake topper you love that are often the first things to be scrapped when the budget needs to be tightened and the money needs to spent on bigger items such as the venue and food.
But with some creativity and a little bit of know how it’s really easy to keep one or two of these ideas for how to personalize your wedding without the need to massively blow the budget.
DIY Place name tags
These were so simple and so cheap to make – just a little time consuming. I love how they looked on our tables with a little bit of wax flower provided by our florist. Tags came from Amazon at about £2 for 100 and the stamping kit we used was £3 but could easily be used over and over.
When thinking about favors it’s worth considering whether guests will actually take them – you don’t want to leave your wedding with 50 packets of love hearts or 2kg of leftover sugared almonds that you are then stuck with.
At our wedding we made hangover kits, as most of guests were staying over at our venue and left them at the top of the stairs for people to grab on their way to bed. We bought bottled water in bulk from Asda, Mini bags of Haribo and paracetamol from Poundland and used individually wrapped biscuits we’d bought in bulk for the wedding anyway.
We finished them with ‘Hangover Kit’ stickers with our wedding date from eBay and popped the content into cheap paper bags. They cost around £20 for 50 guests and all of them were used!
Personalized Fans/Order of service
Another way to keep to a budget but still have some personal touches is to find items that perform a double duty. When browsing Confetti.co.uk I found these beautiful fans that can be personalized with your wedding details. While these are not the most budget friends item I love the fact they can double up as a simple order of service and a fan and are personalized as well. I think these would work particularly well for a beach wedding abroad. Plus they are pretty enough to make a feature out of post wedding such as framing them with flowers or photographs.
Did you do anything special to personalize your wedding?