In anticipation of the season two premiere of Four Weddings Canada on January 8th, the team behind the show will be sharing their best wedding tips and tricks. Come back on Mondays for advice on everything from choosing the perfect venue to creating the guest list.

Starting a new life with someone is a very exciting time; however, it’s important to not let the big day break the bank. Here are some tips that will help you keep your wedding classy and still within budget.

Be realistic
Before you create your budget, you need to estimate how much your wedding will cost.  Do your research and shop around to find the best deals for your wedding ceremony, reception venue, bridal party, favours, flowers, décor, catering, wedding dress and photographer.  Once you’ve done this, you can allot money accordingly for each section of your plan.

You can’t always get what you want
You’ve been dreaming of this day your whole life, so it’s understandable you want it to be perfect. However, if you’re on a tight budget you might have to let some things go. Whether that means inviting fewer guests, making the décor yourself, or settling for a smaller venue, you have to accept that you can’t have absolutely everything. Make a list of what’s most important to you and what you can do without. Your day will still be amazing even if you don’t have the exact centrepiece you dreamed of. Remember, you’re the only one at the wedding who will notice, so don’t sweat the small stuff.

Goods and services exchange
We’ve all seen that it’s very doable to have a DIY wedding. Although this option is appealing and inexpensive, not everyone has the time or patience to do everything on their own. If you have a special profession or talent (e.g., you are a massage therapist), why not exchange this service with a makeup artist or hair dresser?  If you know people who work in an industry that will be useful for your big day, don’t be afraid to exchange skill sets! This can really help cut costs.

Shop early
The month before your wedding, you will be running around like a chicken with its head cut off. If you leave things to the last minute, you will end up forking over a lot of cash. It’s best to plan ahead and try to get things done as early as possible. Not only will this help you stay on budget, but it will cause you less stress closer to your wedding day.

Borrow from friends
For standard items such as wine glasses, plates, or décor, don’t be afraid to borrow from friends or family. Maybe your cousin has a veil you could use, or your friend has those funky shoes you wanted, but couldn’t afford. Borrowing doesn’t make you cheap, it makes you smart. Plus, if they are sitting in storage anyways, why not put them to good use?

Brought to you by the team at Four Weddings Canada.