There are many areas in decorations where you can cut prices. Yes, those blue orchids you like so much are really beautiful, but can you really afford to fly them in from Bangkok? Try carnations instead from your local market, which look beautiful if used creatively.
Too much of anything is not good, lights included! Use minimal lights and highlight specific areas such as the venue entrance, stage, the buffet area and the dance floor if there is one.
Similarly, when it comes to choosing a theme, pick colours that belong to the same family. This makes it easier to decorate the venue. For example, if you go with a fire colour theme, the decoration will revolve around fire colours - red, orange and yellow.
Long after your wedding is over, the one thing people will talk about is the food! Many weddings are forever remembered for the food served. Good food always takes over variety, so cut down on the cuisines (and courses) and concentrate on quality!
It is possible that the food will take up quite a chunk of your budget, so try to ensure that your caterer adds in a complimentary dish or another counter, like say a chaat counter at a discount.
Music is an important aspect of every wedding. It is a great way to entertain guests and definitely make the wedding more memorable.
The baraat, cocktail party, reception and sangeet are the some of the functions where music is a must. Hire a DJ if you can afford one. If not, ask a cousin in college if she / he has a DJ friend and ask him to DJ. This will definitely help you cut costs.
A live band definitely adds a touch of class to any event, but hiring one might just be a costly affair. Most bands charge according to the hours they play and the number of people in it. Prices also vary on how famous the band is.
Whatever your budget, whether big or small, there are plenty of options available in the market. So, make sure you plan well in advance to avail of deals. Be your own wedding planner and make it - your wedding - an affair to remember.
(With inputs from: Sneha Tejwani, Wedding Consultant, Occasionz Unlimited)