The average wedding cost in the US is $33,391, according to The Knot. If your special day is around the corner, you don’t have to worry about spending a large chunk of your wedding budget on entertainment. Whether you are planning to host your big day on a beautiful beach, a charming small town or in a bustling city, it’s possible to delight all your guests regardless of the funds you have. All you have to do is think beyond the box, and you will enjoy every moment and create special memories for everyone. Here’s how to make a lasting impression at your wedding on a small budget.
1. Hire a DJ instead of a band
Music is the heart and soul of a reception. To cheer up everyone, you need to find some good talent. Compared to a band, a DJ is a perfect choice as they are more affordable. On average, a wedding band costs $4,000, while a wedding DJ costs $1,000. Bands are costlier because there are more people to pay. Also, DJs are more flexible as they come with numerous musical selections from different generations and genres whereas most bands are limited in variety. You can also save a lot by finding a DJ who can double as your MC and use their sound system for your speeches.
2. Look out for talent in a local school
If you have always admired the idea of having a band at your wedding, you don’t have to miss that opportunity. By scouting the local music schools, you can find some music students who are exceptionally talented. Just ensure they have experience ina live performance by holding an audition or requesting to hear some of their previously recorded performances. With a good student band, you will get to save a lot and keep your guests engaged. Regardless of your budget, you can still give your wedding the wow-factor it deserves. Surprise your guests by hiring a caricaturist or juggler. This will complement the band and act as the perfect icebreaker.
3. DJ your own wedding
DJing your own wedding is an excellent money-saving trend that allows you to take control of the music thus eliminating the need to hire a DJ. What you need is an iPod that can hold lots of music, enough time to assemble the playlist and renting the sound system from a local company. Make sure to separate the playlist depending on the program of the day. When creating your playlist, think of what your guests would love and test the playlist several times with the sound system to ensure it will play correctly and in order. Also, have a backup plan like a laptop in case the iPod fails.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
To further cut costs, reach out to your close friends who have skills in any entertainment department and ask them for assistance. From MCs, DJs to sound system operators, you will surely find and recruit some talent. If you are still cash-strapped, you can always ask your family and friends to help prop up your finances. This way, you can raise enough money to foot some expenses. To make your wedding dreams come true, you can also explore the option of a personal loan. For a good deal, look for a loan that doesn’t require any collateral, has low interests, no origination or closing fees.
Weddings are supposed to create joyful moments that last a lifetime. You don’t need an expensive performance from a celebrity to have an amazing event. By planning smartly, you can cut your entertainment costs without sacrificing quality, and gift your guests an unforgettable experience. With these money-saving tips, your marriage will start on the right foot.