Although the average American wedding now costs around $25,000, there are no rules that say you have to spend a fortune to have a good time and make a lasting impression on your guests. If an elegant, affordable Utah wedding is what you’re after, here are few ways to get the results you want while staying inside a strict wedding budget.

Do-it-Yourself Wedding Planning

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a sewing needle or can’t tell one end of a glue stick from the other—there are plenty of ways in which you can attend to the details of your wedding and save money in the process.

  • Wedding Invitations: Thanks to modern technology in the home office and online stationery sites, you can make inexpensive invitations on your own. Simple card stock with the details of your event can be dressed up with vellum overlays, scrapbooking details, and elegant envelopes. You can also splurge on the invitations but print up your own simple RSVP cards.
  • Centerpieces: Almost every wedding reception has a centerpiece in the middle of each guest table. These range from the simple (a single votive candle or a small fish bowl) to the ornate (huge wedding flower sprays). Although the flowers are always an elegant choice, doing something whimsical and in keeping with your event’s theme can really set your wedding apart. For example, a spring-themed wedding might look great with a small wire birdcage with a single flower inside.
  • Wedding Flowers: Wedding flowers can be a big expense, especially if you’re decorating both the wedding and the reception venue. Opt for an inexpensive floral alternative (bamboo or reeds, handpicked daisies, or paper roses made from the pages of an antique book) that taps into your creativity and your theme.

Spend Where it Matters Most

You can spend hours cutting your spending on the small things—and while those savings will add up, they aren’t where you’ll see the biggest return. Most wedding experts suggest spending your money wisely and in ways that have a big impact rather than haggling over the details. (In financial terms, it’s like lowering your mortgage rather than giving up your daily latte. You’ll see bigger benefits in the end.)

The best way to do this is to select a Utah reception center that requires just a few touches to feel right. You could spend hours of preparation time and thousands of dollars dressing up a senior’s hall to give the right wedding ambiance, or you could select a real Victorian mansion that has preserved the historical feeling both inside and out.

This type of environment has multiple benefits, including built-in elegance. You can opt for simple white linens and a single lily in the middle of each table and let the dining room do the talking. You can have appetizers sent around in the gorgeous outdoor garden and let people mingle amongst the blooms rather than host a catered event.

Here at Eldredge Manor, we’re probably a bit biased in how important your setting is to your wedding, but trust us when we say that some of the best receptions we’ve hosted have been simple, cost-effective, and absolutely perfect.