Budget weddings versus Wedding budgets

Budget weddings versus Wedding budgets…

Wedding budgets and budget weddings are different. Some couples are trying to spend as little as possible, which thanks to the recession is getting easier. Other couples are still splashing cash around like it grows on trees. Witness the recent marriage of Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan to Yvonne McMahon.

And compare it to his best mans wedding, life long buddy, Hector O hEochagain a few years ago, a real budget wedding – six guests – no frills, (ok it was in Brazil), but it shows the extremes possible, and the difference between a budget wedding (Hector) and Tommy’s wedding budget…

Peter Kelly famous for his  Brides of Franc TV show in a recent interview gave this advice,  “Shop around. Have a drinks reception in a bar after the wedding. Go in and say you’re bringing in 150 or 250 people and ask them to throw in sandwiches and food on cocktail sticks,”

“Winter weddings will be cheaper, because they’re off-season. Put candles in the church, they’re pretty and cheaper than flowers. Go for a DJ instead of bands, which sometimes cost huge money,” he said.

And I agree with Peter, shopping around can result in big savings in your wedding budget. Not sure what he means by “food on cocktail sticks”…

And shopping around is easier than ever, whatever your budget, thanks to the Internet. The only problem is comparing like with like. Finger food at one hotel may mean greasy sausages on cocktail sticks, while at another could mean a lavish buffet style spread created by Master chefs.

The reality is you generally get what you pay for – “budget wedding” does not have to mean dirt cheap! Make sure you know what you’re buying!