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So, you have always dreamt of having a classic wedding since you were a little girl, but now that the time has come, it seems that you might not be getting it afterall due to the economic meltdown, not to worry, I’ll be sharing with you 12 steps that can help you out. Here goes!
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1. PREPARE A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF GUESTS
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You can have the wedding of your dreams and still save cost by making plans for a specific number of guests, this way, you will be able to budget for the guests knowing that they would be a particular number. This could be a little bit tricky, so you and your spouse have to agree and stick with your agreement. Always have it in mind that even one additional number can increase your budget.

2. Get creative with your Invites
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With the advent of the digital age, inviting friends for a party has got much more easier and instant too. Sending out E-invites will be convenient for you and will definitely save you some cash. You can send out invites via BBM, Closed facebook groups, Whatsapp and you can also buy bulk SMS at a cheap rate and send out to specific people. For the older guests, most likely friends of your parents, you may choose to design and print a handful of invites or purchase some packs of pre-printed paper wedding invites.

3. STRICTLY BY INVITATION
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We all know that any party or ‘owambe’ that is on a strictly by invitation basis is always contained and easier to manage. So, if you are looking to save cost on your big day, you can decide to have a strictly by invitation wedding, all you need to do is prepare a guest list that needs to be cross-checked before anyone is granted admission into the venue.

4. SWITCH UP THE WEDDING DATE
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Weddings in this part of the world are usually done on weekends which is not a bad thing, however, it gives room for uninvited guests to crash your wedding. If you are looking to save cost on the amount of people you cater for, you can decide to have your wedding on a week day when most people would be at work and only the invited guests would be in attendance. If you do this, it gives you some feel of intimacy because you are rest assured that you would know almost everyone present.

5. HAVE BOTH TRADITIONAL & WHITE WEDDING ON THE SAME DAY

This is an awesome way to save cost, especially in terms of catering for your guests because you are going to be feeding your guests just once, with probably light refreshments to compliment. You can have one of the ceremonies in the morning and the other just around noon.

6. USE ONE VENUE FOR BOTH CEREMONY AND RECEPTION

Another great way of saving cost is to hold the religious ceremony and reception afterwards in the same venue. This will prevent you from spending cash on dual venues and will also ease the stress of transportation from one venue to another.

7. RENT-A-DRESS
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It is not compulsory that you must buy a brand new wedding gown to wear on your big day, there are reputable stores around that rent out the most amazing and gorgeous wedding gowns at an affordable fee. However, if you must buy a wedding gown, try as much as possible to keep it simple.

8. TWO IN ONE WEDDING AND RECEPTION DRESS.
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We are aware that the current trend in the wedding sphere now is to wear one dress for the wedding ceremony and another for the reception. But why get two dresses, when you can get one to be worn differently at both times! To achieve this, all you have to do is get a simple classy dress that has a detachable ball skirt. So, you wear the dress with the ball skirt for the wedding ceremony and detach the ball skirt for the reception and voila! You’ve got yourself two different looks with one dress.

9. RECYCLE JEWELRY

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There is no harm in using a jewelry piece from your personal collection, all that matters is that it compliments your outfit and all the day all that people will notice and remember is that you were looking gorgeous and all shades of beautiful on your big day.

10. SPEND LESS ON THE ROCK
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Ladies like to flash their rings or wedding bands, especially when it’s a diamond ring, however, if you are looking to cut cost, there are other options you can go for that will be just as perfect. A silver sterling ring will do just fine, it comes in an array of designs to choose from and it is more pocket friendly.

11. IGNORE HOME SERVICE

It is very possible for you to have your hair made in the salon a day to your wedding because taking the option of home service will cost you more. All you need to do is make your hair a day before in the evening and then while preparing for your big day in the morning style your hair simply with fancy hair pins.

12. SELF-MADE MAKEOVER
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These days there are different avenues to pick-up basic make-up skills, the most prominent being YouTube. So, it is very possible for a bride to giver herself a makeover, all you need to do is have a particular look in mind, watch videos on how to assemble the look, practice a few times and get all the products you will need. This will save you some cost on contracting a make-up artist.

The author Tiyan Omo-idehen

Tiyan is the Senior editor and content developer of EverAfterDiary.com. She is media oriented and style savvy. Get in touch- Send an email to: info@everafterdiary.com/ Follow us on Instagram: @everafterdiary

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