4th June 2019 by Natasha Goldstein
The cost of the perfect wedding venue can often eat in to a large chunk of your wedding budget. Approximately ranging from £2,000 to £10,000 depending on the size and the location amongst many other factors, finding the right venue for you can be difficult and with a traditional Asian wedding last 3 days or more with many different events, costs can soon add up!
However, compromise can be your friend in this instance. If you have your heart set on a particular venue for your wedding day but find that it is way out of your planned budget, you can always opt to have a winter wedding instead of a summer one (prices tend to be at their highest in the summer). This way you still get your venue of choice but compromise on the time of year you get married.
Alternatively, if you are happy to look at other venues and like the idea of putting your unique imprint on the day, a suggestion would be to hire a large, neutral space such as a village hall and / or a marquee.
Venues such as village halls and community centres really enable you to put your own stamp on the day for that extra personalised touch and can also offer breath-taking views of natural scenery depending on the location. Not to mention ample free parking for your guests, all the much-needed amenities (toilets, kitchen etc) and don't charge for corkage. Another highlight is that you can hire these venues from as little as £100!
Don't forget to add costs on to this figure for someone to officiate the wedding!
Food, aside from your venue will be one of the biggest spends of any wedding. With an average wedding day lasting 12+ hours, your guests will need to be kept well fed and hydrated!
However, by following these three simple timings of the day, your guests will remain happy and full without it costing a fortune.
(1) After the Ceremony - Canapes and light bites are a clear choice to accompany your cocktail hour after the wedding ceremony. To cut costs an idea is to bulk purchase these from a high-end, high street supermarket of your choosing as this often works out cheaper than hiring a caterer.
(2) The Wedding Meal - Stick to traditions and opt for a simple, classic and enjoyable buffest style spread. By presenting food in this manner, allows your guests to choose what food they want, select their own portion size and also helps you to manage any dietary requirements. For a buffet style meal, it costs roughly £15 per head depending on the number of guests and the amount of food ordered, which can save you up to 50% compared to the cost of a sit-down affair.
(3) Late Night Food - After all the dancing and celebrating your guests will have been doing, they would have worked up quite an appetite towards the end of the evening while they're waiting for their transport home. Providing food at this time will go down very well with your guests and is a nice touch to end your evening!
As for the Sangeet and the Mehendi ceremony, ask your guests to bring a dish each so it is more of a relaxed, comfortable and homely affair.
If you're decorating a plain venue then decorations will be high on your priority list. Decorations such as bright fabrics, candles, flowers and fairy lights amongst others are cost effective and create maximum impact in turning a blank space in to a beautiful, personalised one.
Don't forget, you may also need to purchase or hire your cutlery and wine and champagne glasses but a trip to any homeware store will make this a quick and easy job. One of the smart things about buying all your own decorations and equipment is that once your wedding day is over, you can sell these on to other price-savvy brides to be and make some money back to put towards your honeymoon.
Also, you don't have to spend BIG to have beautiful, bold, tasteful flowers that compliment your wedding colour scheme and your outfit - you can get the same fresh quality from a supermarket!
This may sound like an unappealing option. However, you will be able to buy more than 10 x the amount of flowers than if you sourced these from a local florist. By selecting this option, you and your bridal party can create wedding bouquets and venue centrepieces that are truly one of a kind and made personally for and by you. This task can always become a fun part of your Sangeet and / or Mehendi!
There is one sure way to get your guests dancing and in the party spirit; Dhol Dummers!
Rather than hiring expensive Bollywood dancers to perform or a live band for the evening, hiring Dhol Drummers to play after the meal will leave your guestsin high spirits and ready to dance the night away with you and your partner.
If you do want a dance routine to be a part of your special day, try something a little bit different and fun by hiring a choreographer for the night of the wedding and invite everyone up to dance!
As for the music, before your wedding, ask for song requests from all your guests as this will make them feel more a part of your special day and add in a few favourites of your own. Upload these to your iPod or stream them on your laptop using a well-known streaming service, plug in to the venue's PA system and you've got your music for the evening. - Perfect for an Asian Wedding on a budget!
Many high-street and online retailers are breaking in to the wedding market offering discounted but still beautiful Asian wedding gowns and suits for the bride and groom. Depending on your personal style and tastes, you can find a gorgeous gown for as little as £200!
As for the grooms, they have the option to either hire a suit which can cost as little as £150 for the day or they can buy a brand new one for a small increased cost and wear it again and again for many celebrations to come.
Let your guests be the photographers!
Place every table with 4 or 5 disposable cameras and let your guests do the rest.
Because these are the people that know you most, they are more likely to capture those beautifully natural, happy moments throughout your day, those kinds of photos are priceless and show the real you and the real love between yourself and your significant other.
There is also a huge chance that your guests will take a few silly photographs of themselves too which will make great keep sakes from the day.
No matter what kind of wedding you're planning, one thing for certain that every bride needs is Asian Wedding Insurance to protect your wallet and peace of mind on your special day.
Asian Wedding Insurance policies start at just £59, offers cover for both UK and overseas weddings and civil ceremonies, can be purchased up to 2 years before the big day AND provides financial protection for deposits paid even before you have purchased your wedding insurance policy!
This article is for information purposes only. It does not constitute advice in any way. The information provided here is correct at the time of writing however please check the latest policy wording here for the latest policy terms, conditions and exclusions.