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Wedding Planning on a Budget: Making Your Dream Day Affordable

Planning your dream wedding doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. With some creative thinking, careful choices, and a little help from The Shamrock Ranch, you can have a beautiful wedding while staying within your budget. Here’s a checklist to guide you through the process:

1. Selecting a Venue

Choosing the right venue is crucial. At The Shamrock Ranch, you have the advantage of a stunning backdrop and versatile event spaces, all at an affordable price. Plus, we offer a range of amenities, like sound systems and more, to help you save on additional costs.

2. Finding the Perfect Photographer

Photography is an essential part of your big day. Consider asking friends who are budding photographers or exploring referrals from your social circle. You might be surprised at the talent you can find without the hefty price tag.

3. Scoring Your Wedding Dress

Your wedding attire can be both beautiful and budget-friendly. Check out bridal outlets like “Off the Rack” in Overland Park or even consider non-traditional options online. You might discover a stunning white dress that’s not labeled as a “wedding dress” at a fraction of the cost.

4. Catering Choices

Catering costs can vary greatly. From small appetizers to plated meals, you have options. At The Shamrock Ranch, we have recommendations like Hy-Vee or Scrumptious Catering to help you create a delicious yet cost-effective menu.

5. Wedding Cake Considerations

You don’t need an extravagant cake to celebrate. You can opt for a simple cake and punch or enlist the help of a talented baker friend. Some couples choose a small cake for cutting and provide cookies or cupcakes for their guests.

6. Wedding Attendants Simplified

Keep your wedding party as simple as you want. While it’s nice to have attendants, don’t feel pressured to have an elaborate entourage. Sometimes, a best man and maid of honor to witness your vows are all you need. Hiring a day-of coordinator may give you peace of mind.

Quonset Barn with wedding dinner tables set with centerpieces

7. DJ or DIY Music

DJ services can be pricey. At The Shamrock Ranch, we offer built-in sound systems with Bluetooth capabilities. You can create your playlist and have a friend serve as the DJ, saving you money without sacrificing the atmosphere.

8. Alcohol Alternatives

Alcohol costs can add up quickly. Consider whether you really need it for your celebration. At our venue, you can save significantly by choosing not to have alcohol, a choice that can save you approximately $3,000.

9. Wedding Attire Simplified

You don’t have to go overboard with your wedding attire. Simple, elegant outfits can be just as beautiful. Dress shirts and pants can be a cost-effective alternative to tuxedos. You can also find reasonably priced bridesmaid dresses online.

10. Budget-Friendly Invitations

When it comes to invitations, avoid mentioning the word “wedding” to keep costs down. Design your own invitations using platforms like Shutterfly or Snapfish and select everyday occasions rather than “wedding invitations” to save money.

Wedding invitations
Photo by Hannah Welborn

11. Budget-Friendly Flowers

Consider silk flowers, which are cheaper than real ones and can be bought at craft stores. Long-stemmed flowers bunched together with a ribbon can create a lovely bouquet or centerpiece.

12. Decorations on a Dime

Utilize what’s available to you. The Shamrock Ranch has a storage area with various decorative items, including wood chargers, gold vases, and more. Dollar stores and wedding swap shops are also excellent places to find affordable decorations.

Remember, your wedding is about celebrating your love, and you can do that beautifully on a budget. Explore your options, get creative, and let The Shamrock Ranch help you make your dream wedding an affordable reality. Your love story is worth it!

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