Dream Wedding at Down to Earth Prices
Utilize Local Resources to Reduce Big Budget Expenses
The staggering cost of having a wedding in San Diego County can be quite daunting to a couple planning the day of their dreams. Did you know that you can still have the event you envisioned without maxing out your credit cards? The key is creating a reasonable wedding budget, identifying what you can afford to spend, deciding what matters to you the most and allocating your dollars accordingly. Following are some budget tips to help you have a great wedding day, even on a shoestring budget.
Find a low-cost location
Schedule the event earlier in the day
Plan for the “off-season”
Use seasonal flowers that are locally available
Decorate strategically – focus on the highly visible areas and don’t sweat the small stuff
Put your friends and family to work
Reduce your guest list
No matter your budget, you can still have a great wedding day. Creating (and sticking to) a budget and applying these simple cost-cutting tips can help you accomplish your goal.
Perhaps the most important tip is to find a low-cost location. Since approximately 50 percent of your wedding budget will go towards the reception, it is worth putting some leg work into finding an affordable wedding and/or reception site. An often overlooked wedding event location option is government-owned parks, gardens and historic buildings. Because San Diego is ranked as one of the top ten best cities in the nation for corporate and leisure travel alike, these local government resources are often a perfect alternative to the high-demand, high-cost tourist locations.
The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation offers refreshingly affordable wedding ceremony and reception sites without discounting the beautiful backdrop only nature can provide. They offer a variety of natural settings throughout the County including open meadows, ancient wedding trees, Victorian gardens, historic ranch houses, hidden knolls and gazebos. Several indoor locations are also offered from a historic temple to a spacious reception hall overlooking a scenic lake. Whether your special celebration will be formal or informal, an intimate gathering or gala affair, summer or winter, there’s a low cost option available through your local government agency. The County of San Diego offers some sites for as little as $100 and other parks with additional amenities can range up to $1,000, still a very affordable location fee in southern California.
Don’t let budget restrictions stand in the way of having the wedding day of your dreams. Establish a budget, work within that framework and apply these cost saving tips and your special day can be just a few dollars away.
Article courtesy of County of San Diego Parks & Recreation
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