Weddings in India have become a costly affair lately. Just in the last decade, the average wedding budgets have more than doubled. If you are on a tight budget, fret not. You can still have a lavish wedding of your dreams by just making a few smart choices.

Here are six things you can do:

1. Leave the ‘destination’ for your honeymoon

Destination weddings sound romantic and are very popular nowadays. But having a wedding in your hometown will save you big bucks that you can use to go on an exotic honeymoon. By choosing a local wedding, you can save a substantial amount on travel and stay for your loved ones. You can have a lavish wedding at a much lesser cost, especially if you live in a smaller city or town in India.

2. Save trees, send e-invites

There is definitely no need to go for elaborate wedding invites. Though this one may be difficult to convince your parents about, explain to them the effects on the environment it will have. Besides, invitations also cost a bomb. So, make a royal e-invite and email it to guests. You can even create a wedding website that has all the details and share the link. 

3. Host smaller functions at home

Another advantage of a local wedding is that smaller ceremonies can be done at home. You can have your haldi, mehndi, and other such ceremonies at home. All you need is to get a local guy to put up some lights, flower decorations and a music system. Get food catered from a popular caterer in your city. They can come with an entourage to set up, serve and clean up later.

4. Check out local designers for your lehenga

Yes, a Sabyasachi lehenga is every Indian bride’s dream. But if it is out of your budget, look at local designers. They produce some of the most stunning lehengas without a hefty price tag. Be a sensible bride and don’t spend lakhs of rupees on an outfit you will wear once in your life. Visit a lot of local bridal shops and try on different lehengas till you find the one you fall in love with.

5. Cut the elaborate cake

This means, cut it out! Ask yourself if you really need a seven-tier cake with elaborate decorations for your wedding. Wedding cakes are notoriously expensive. Instead, go for an elegant white three-tier cake with beautiful flowers or any other theme that goes with your wedding. If it is not enough to feed your guests, buy a couple of regular cakes that can be served with the dinner.

6. Merge the wedding and reception

Do you really need separate parties for the wedding and reception? Not only is it expensive, but it is also super tiring. Instead, have an early evening wedding ceremony and follow it up with a reception. By doing this, you can halve your food, venue, hair, make-up and jewellery cost! This extremely smart trend is now taking off. 

If you need a little bit more than your savings, you can get a wedding loan. Tata Capital understands how emotionally important weddings can be and offers easy to get marriage loans. A marriage loan is essentially a personal loan for wedding. You can get up to Rs 25,00,000 that will help you pay for any expense for your big day. Check your marriage loan/personal loan eligibility and have the fairy tale wedding of your dreams.

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