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Wallet-friendly weddings

  • Published at 12:05 am December 2nd, 2016
Wallet-friendly weddings
As soon as November comes around, it's wedding season in Bangladesh. The fragrance of flowers, sparkle of jewellery, beautiful sherwanis and gorgeous lehengas, restless guardians, excited brides and grooms - you can't miss this festive season, regardless of where you live. If you are getting hitched, or are a parent of a bride or groom, this may be one of your lifetime occasions - something you have anticipated for quite a while. In Bangladesh, we have exceptionally bright wedding events, full of different engaging occasions, delicious food, extravagant decorations of the wedding stage and venue, and the most brilliant Bangladeshi wedding wear. However, while some things are constant, everyone's wedding has to be tailored to their needs. Whether it’s simple and low-key, or highly extravagant - everybody has a dream of what they desire for a wedding in the family. While it is a major day - one that you should celebrate wholeheartedly, keeping cost efficiency in mind is equally important. This weekend, we take a look at how to weave cost proficiency into the emotions of a big day.

Budget

The initial step to arranging a wedding is making a financial plan for it. This is difficult, and individuals arranging a wedding for the first time are especially prone to under-budgeting. When you have settled the location of the wedding, you ought to quickly begin scouting for the venue. A great deal of costs rely upon where the venue is.

Venue

The location of your wedding is a significant factor in ensuring your convenience as well as cost proficiency. If you are getting hitched in the city where you live, try and get a venue close to your residence, regardless of the possibility that it means paying somewhat extra. You can easily avoid a few costs, like that of hiring transportation, if the venue is near your home. Moreover, you should book the venue at least six to eight months before the wedding. Make sure that the cost is fixed, there are no hidden charges, and the vendor does not have the opportunity to later hike the price. As wedding season approaches in Bangladesh, and the demand for banquet halls rises, vendors usually get tempted to increase the price of venues. Hotels and banquet halls are hassle-free. You can also use the expertise and experience of banquet managers to solve your problems. The most efficient path to follow would be to negotiate a combined rate for the venue and the food.

Food

There's no simple path around this - your guests will discuss the food served at your wedding for a considerable length of time. What's more, if the food ends up being awful, they will discuss it for an even longer time. This is definitely not the zone where you can go wrong. Pick a caterer who has been recommended positively by people you know. Sit with the banquet manager well ahead of time, examine the menu choices and always insist on tasting. Lastly, rely on suggestions from your friends and relatives to finally settle on your choice.

Decor

Decoration is an area where you can truly go lavish if you want a 'huge, splashy' wedding. On the other hand, you can keep it simple, sophisticated and tasteful. Your decision of where the wedding will be held is closely related to your decor costs. If the wedding is in a hotel that is well maintained and sufficiently bright, you can spare some cash on decor. State your financial plan to the florist or the decorator and ask them what they can offer for the amount. If you pick your alternatives off the decorator’s portfolio, you are probably going to overshoot your financial plan. Also, it may be less expensive if the venue has a tie-up with a decorator. When it comes to weddings and budgeting - supervise, supervise, supervise!

Clothing/Jewellery

This is surely the area where brides to-be would invest most of their time and energy. However, keep reusability in mind while buying clothes and jewellery. Wedding exhibitions are held every year in many cities all over the country, just before the wedding season starts. Visit these and try to understand the trends and patterns. Try not to purchase from the stores there, as they can be fairly costly. When you understand what you need, you can simply go ahead and explain it to your tailor – however, please go to one who has the experience and aptitude to make your dream wedding outfit and make sure you go over every, single detail. Remember, exclusive boutiques can be very costly too. Gold prices have sky-rocketed in the past decade, but there are some nifty ways of saving money while shopping for bridal jewellery. You may use family jewellery belonging to your mother or even your grandmother. You’re going to look way more fabulous, since you won’t be wearing just any jewellery but a precious family heirloom. Another ideal step for budget-savvy brides is using gold-plated jewellery. It is a great option as it looks like solid gold, but comes for half the price. You can also substitute diamonds or precious stones with pearls. Diamonds are undoubtedly expensive, and pearls can give you the same elegant look at a fraction of the price. There you have it – some great tips for budget-savvy brides and grooms.