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How to Plan a Big Wedding on a Budget

“There’s no amazing wedding without breaking the bank!”, you hear yourself say. But there is, if you’re clever and you plan well.


Sophie Ndaba, Generations diva and events planner to the stars, has seen her fair share of dream weddings. Big, small, extravagant and memorable, she’s even planned a few of them.

But if there’s one thing she knows for certain – if you don’t want to be worrying about money the day after the wedding, you’ll need to be savvy about your spending and budget.

So, take it from Sophie, and follow these tips to land your dream wedding without going over budget.

  1. Don’t compete. Your wedding isn’t a competition, and it shouldn’t be about trying to one-up that wedding you went to last month. Everyone enjoys a wedding, and your loved ones will most likely love yours no matter what you do.
  2. Stick to your guns. People will love giving their opinion about your upcoming nuptials, so this is a good time to practice saying “Thank you, but no thank you!” It’s not about what your mom, sister or friend think what’s best, it’s about what you want, so don’t spend on things that won’t make you happy.
  3. Call in a favour. Turn to those closest to you to help you out. If you know a caterer or a photographer, ask them if they’d be willing to provide their services at a lower cost. Most friends will be more than willing!
  4. Rent, or go for second hand. Unless you’re sentimental and willing to pay for a memory, renting is the way to go. You can rent tuxedos, décor, and even your dress. Alternatively, look around to find good second-hand deals. You might even find a beautiful vintage dress…
  5. It’s not in the details. Couples often get caught up in the big day and spend unnecessary money on tiny details that most guests won’t notice. Pinterest might make you think you need a custom napkin label, but you really don’t.

At the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your partner. It’s a celebration of love and your commitment to each other, and nothing should get in the way of that. If the planning is stressing you out, and making you worry about money, take a step back and breathe. Scale back and be happy!

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