6 Essential Services Budget Brides Need

We already covered how guest count cause over budget weddings. There are so many factors that can cause budgets to get larger than we can afford. More & more couples make the decision of being cost-effective by limiting their options. But like anything in life, there is a solution to your stress. So today we are going to trace this back to your wedding budget.

forget the noise, this is our list of the 6 must have services for your wedding

If you are only settling for the essentials, then you might miss out on the top wedding styles. We are here to tell you that going for the basics doesn’t mean it will be less impressive. In fact, you’d be surprised how these savings can open up space for being creative and tailoring a one-of-a-kind event! There are even ways to plan a fabulous wedding for less than $10,000.

What are those must-haves? Keep reading to find out.

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Learn the (6) Essential Services Every Budget Wedding Needs:

The Venue

We begin with the basics and the one aspect that will consume most of your budget. If you are not planning an Air BNB backyard wedding, then you will need a venue for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony & reception. Nowadays, there are a lot of venues that bundle packages.

This include room rental, officiating, catering & bar. Your budget will enjoy this because it really saves you time. Instead of having to search for these vendors all over town you can get them in (1) place.

Secure a weekday or off-season date, you will save about 1/3 of the regular price

If you want to save, browse for banquet halls that include the following features:

  • their own catering
  • in-built décor
  • bar
  • dance floor
  • both ceremony and reception space

Are food and drinks not available? Ask your venue questions before booking. Either they will recommend a caterer with a fantastic discount, or you can choose your own vendor. Having a bar that allows you to bring your own drinks is great. Doing this is way more affordable.

Best way to budget for DIY liquor is to purchase (1) bottle every week up until the day of your wedding.

Wedding Styling

The wedding dress is probably one of the most exciting aspects of the big day. This is considered a must have on any list! Yes, there are so many expensive designers who are definitely worth it. The wedding fashion industry surprises budget couples every year with a variety of breathtaking gowns that are incredibly affordable!

you can actually find a high-quality dress for just $700 or even $500

And no, we are not talking about ordinary ones… we are talking about show stoppers that are guaranteed to get you tons of compliments!

Follow sample sales and huge discounts to get yourself a gorgeous designer piece with a 50% discount. Factor in the shoes, bag and undergarments for a complete look. Just remember that your veil is optional. A wedding veil is not always necessary depending on how much focus is on your makeup and hair.

As for our grooms, they get to pull everything off in a more affordable way. Amazing new suits are just $200 and rentals typically cost half that price. All you need are a pair of shoes, the tie and the cuffs. Finish off the look with a crisp pocket square that matches with the bride.

Basic Stationary

Naturally, you need to invite your guests and notify them about the location, hour, dress code, etc. More and more couples are going for stunning printables which are a great DIY alternative. This stationary can be both personalized and customized to fit your unique needs.

cut costs by printing whole sets of stationery, including signs & seating charts

We’d recommend buying a digital design that will be all-inclusive, tailored to your theme and style. If you are not willing to spend much, there are even free printables that are both functional and beautiful!

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Décor & Flowers

Without gorgeous flora & décor, your event will look like another ordinary gathering. You need to impress your guests. Create an ambiance that will tell your love story & will be remembered! You will need your bouquet & maybe boutonnieres for the wedding party. We suggest flowers for adornment & centerpieces. So how do you source floral without going over budget?

keep in mind that in season florals are more affordable

Many florals have various services which include bundled discounts if you order more things. Another option is to buy wholesale, source locally or make DIY centerpieces. As for your décor? Level up some unique items and vintage vases to combine high and low floral arrangements. This gives the illusion of spontaneous and makes the space seem more full.

Want a simple solution to transform your wedding? Then you need to rent lighting! No need to go over the top with the décor as long as you have uplighting, wedding monogram lighting, pinspots & outdoor string lights. Don’t book a company, rent DIY lights that you can easily set yourself. This will keep you from breaking the bank.


You will want photos to look back on your iconic day, so hiring a wedding photographer is definitely essential. Don’t be afraid to splurge here because the images will be your only way (besides videography, which is optional) to remember all the sweet moments & emotions in detail.

rent a DIY cinema kit as a budget friendly videography solution

If you are worried about your budget, then meet with multiple photographers. Some photographers charge per hour and you might be able to pay for less coverage if your timeline allows. The most important thing is to have your wedding documented. If you can allow it, opt for an album that will be a tangible keepsake of your wedding day.

Music & Entertainment

Without these two, your reception would be kinda boring. How long would you stay at a party without music? That is why music is the last of the must-haves and it is non-negotiable. Our top tip is to book a DJ because they will cover almost everything. This includes your ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, party and also provide microphones for your speeches.

hiring a professional DJ is your most cost-effective option

Live music is more expensive because it includes more people. If you want a band to perform on a budget then opt for a smaller one. The dance floor will be the place where you and your guests will spend a considerable amount of time. That being said, why not make it spectacular? Rent a dry ice machine and make it look like you are dancing on a cloud!

We hope we cleared some of your hesitations regarding the must-haves for a realistic wedding budget. Follow our guide and you will be able to easily create an incredible event! For more tips and inspiration, browse our other articles.

- XO Team Ship

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