How to Cut Short Wedding Expenses?
Human society is divided into many groups and strata according to their financial status and living facilities. There are three main strata: Elite society, being the richest having beau crates, government officials and traders, mediocre society includes government servants, educationists and company employees, third is lower society which is comprised of labourers and all low paid employees.
Wedding is no such big deal for the aristocratic society and to some extent for the lower strata as the latter had mentally accepted one another’s poverty so their demands for the wedding expenses are lesser in number. The problem of wedding and its expenses lie in the middle class society as they want to be no less than the aristocratic society! They also don’t want to be the part of the lower strata so keeping their egos with them they started collecting money or things named as dowry right from the day when the baby girl come to the age!
To facilitate them in cutting off the expenses on wedding of a daughter especially here are some tips and measures which could save their time and financial budget.
Crop down the guest list:
Besides dowry gathering, the expenses of hall is too much for the parents so, instead of inviting the whole family on the wedding, invite the couples only with no other family member. By doing this, no one would be felt unfelt and uninvited rather they would understand the position of the host parents.
Prefer low cost wedding invitation cards:
Expensive and decorative invitation cards are total waste of money as people will just see the inner leafs of the card and for a few seconds would admire the beauty and aesthetic sense of the card then it would be left on the side table or any other corner! The important thing is the place and date of the wedding and nothing else! Invitation to the closest one could be send through any social media app!
Ask your guest to contribute to the wedding:
The respectable guests would definitely arrive at the wedding hall with some gift as it look odd to come there with empty hands. The host parent should give money in place of gift no matter a thousand or so as tiny drops makes the mighty oceans!
To look beautiful is everyone’s dream and to make this dream come true, the host family spend too much money on wedding dresses and go deeper into theme dresses, matching shoes, make up, jewelry and so on! Bridal dresses are no less than 5 to 10 thousand and what is the use of such expensive dresses as they are worn just once as ladies don’t prefer to repeat the dress as is insulting for them! By wearing or utilizing the old clothes, the expenses could be cut down to a greater extent. The bride could bargain a dress from her friend or any other family member (aunts).
Avoid expensive traditions and rituals:
Wedding nowadays are more dramatic rather than constituting of a newer home, a newer community and a newer kin! Everyone is after the silly showcase of traditions and wasting too much money in this regard. By cutting down the unnecessary rituals, a lot of money could be saved.
Avoid expensive wedding halls:
Just to satisfy your ego or to be admired by others, don’t go for expensive wedding halls with a list of facilities, chillers, air conditioners, heaters, warm lights, expensive crockery, decoration with imported real flowers, disco lights etc. In place of halls go for caterers and cut the budget according to your choice or take help of your acquaintances in cooking and serving the guests rather than to put everything at the disposal of the catering companies. It would be good to go and see the meat quality, cooking quality and the cleanliness of the utensils used in the wedding ceremony.
Dowry includes all electronic items ranging from imported iron to double door fridge and automatic washing machines, many includes air conditioner too as the groom was living in caves earlier! The room furniture includes sofas, central tables, bed, dressing table, tea trolley and what not! The 72 pieces dinner sets: crystal, marble, plastic and a non-stick cooking set. Water set, separate glass and tea set, serving set, soup set and cake set, many includes ice cream set as well as if groom’s family was eating on bananas leaves! Gold jewelry is a great budget sucker! Daughters and their in laws demand how much tola sets!! And this attitude cost 7-8 lac to the parent and what if the parent had five daughters???
In order to cut this budget only go for the things that are not available in the groom’s house and gently tell them your problem as relations are not made on the basis of things, but on humane grounds and bride’s character, education, qualities and management skills must be taken into consideration rather than her pretty looks and number of item in her dowry as it’s the character that stays and rules and all other things perish away!
By carefully looking into the wedding expenses and cutting down the unnecessary things, weddings could be made easier and parents of the daughter should send the fee bills and sets of books in dowry too just to acknowledge the education side of the bride and expenses (unseen) made on her!