Congratulations on your engagement. It’s such a big step in your relationship. Now it’s time to start planning that dream wedding. Forget whatever negative stories you’ve heard about the whole process because it can be an incredibly exciting time in one’s life. However, I bet now you’re thinking: “But how do I pay for this all?” Well, although I can’t say it’s going to be easy, there is always a way to go about it and here are a few of our suggestions on how to fund the wedding of your dreams. Yes, you may have already heard or read about some of these ways, but there’s no harm taking another opinion on the same point.
Pay for it yourselves
Believe it or not, it is possible to pay for your wedding entirely by yourselves. Starting with the Mikolo wedding planning and budget tools, you can gauge how much you plan to spend on each wedding service and make estimates on how much you’ll have to save.
Once you get your figure estimates and your budget created, you can set up a timeline of when certain vendors payments are due according to their contracts, and plan around that. From here you can forgo a few luxuries in your life (such as the bride having more than one gown or changing dresses for that matter), and save your pennies to go toward creating your dream wedding!
Your wedding budget is very crucial especially if you’re struggling to scrape together funds for your wedding. It’ll help you decide what you are prepared to pay more money for, and what you’d rather leave out or choose the cheaper alternative. Remember: weddings are flexible, and you don’t HAVE to include all traditional elements if you don’t want to. Own it and make your choices for what you want to have or not have.
For example, some brides may choose to pay more for their dream wedding gown, but save money on their catering or wedding entertainment that involves having a couple of artists or troupes. Perhaps they deem the dress more important to them depending on their choices. Managing your budget as per category is a great way to stick to your estimated budget, and manage your savings.
Ask for help from relatives
It may be hard to do but it’s not unusual for couples to ask their relatives for some financial assistance when organizing a wedding. In fact, it’s a prominent culture among Africans and Ugandans in particular so don’t feel embarrassed or guilty about this. And, if they’re willing to help, why not allow them?
If you’re taking the route of paying for your wedding yourselves, DIY elements is a handy way to save money on things you can create, instead of purchase. For instance, if there’s a cake baker in the family, perhaps you can strike a deal with them to save some money on your budget for other wedding vendors that you may deem more urgent to pay. It could be a photographer in your family but these must be professionals at whatever they do not something they do just for their personal amusement.
Let’s face it, the idea of having a wedding reception at fancy gardens or in a luxurious hotel suite is a culture that picked its trend in the very late 90s if not even in the early 20s. In the past, men used their parents’ homes or their personal front yards (if one had already built a homestead) as the venue for their wedding. As a matter of fact, this still happens outside the confines of the city center and its immediate outskirts.
So, you can choose your home or a relative’s compound if it’s spacious enough as your venue. Go to church, go for a photo shoot at a fancy hotel or gardens but after that, return to your well-decorated reception at home. This will help you save a lot of funds that can be dedicated to others items.
Wait until you financially stable enough to have a wedding
Yes, you’re engaged but there’s no need to rushing into holding a wedding if you are not financially stable. In fact, take time to enjoy that engagement while it lasts for it’s such a big step towards a life time of togetherness as a couple.
So another great way to fund your dream wedding is to wait until you’re actually financially stable enough to host the wedding of your dreams. Unfortunately, some couples in financial strife still go ahead with their wedding plans, and perhaps are left disappointed with the final result as they had to exclude certain things they’d always imagined would be in their perfect wedding. Those that desperately try to achieve that perfect wedding often end up in debt.