How to plan your wedding within 20 lakhs

Published by - Anaanya | 10 minute read

Are you on a semi-tight budget of 20 lakhs for your wedding? Is your dad only offering to pay that much or maybe you and your partner want to get married with your own money and that’s all you’ve collected as of now. Or maybe you just don’t want to spend more than that at your wedding. Whatever your reasons, 20 lakhs is a pretty good budget to have a nice, elegant and charming wedding without having to burn a hole in your pockets – our favourite kind of weddings.

Wedding venue

Let’s just stick to the three basic functions – one mehendi, one sangeet and one wedding function. You don’t need to have a youngsters night or anything extra. For the mehendi, have it in the comfort of your home. As for the sangeet or the wedding, you can always book a banquet hall. We do recommend booking a banquet hall for just one function and having the rest at home or at a friend’s house to save major costs. Usually, these banquet halls charge per plate – anywhere between ₹900 to ₹1200, so we recommend an intimate guest-list of 200 to 250 people at the max.

Cost of venue – Between ₹1,80,000 (900 x 200 guests) to ₹3,00,000 (1200 x 250 guests)

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Guest list and invitations

Think elegant and sophisticated wedding invites which look good but don’t cost that much. After all, these wedding invites are just thrown away after the functions are over, so why spend so much hard-earned money on them? Instead of getting matching boxes made to send out gifts with the wedding invites, just pick up the bride’s favourite mithai. That way, you don’t spend money on packaging and you’re giving the gift of food which is always appreciated!

Cost of invitations – Between ₹50 to ₹200, per card

Cost of invitation boxes – ₹300 per box, on an average

Total cost for invitations – Between ₹75,000 to ₹1,50,000

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Food and drinks

Well, you’ve got one function covered because you’re basically going to pay the cost per plate for renting the place. Do keep in mind that most wedding halls charge the cost per plate as per the guest list you have given, not as per the plates used – so, be a little sensible while deciding on this number. As for the home functions, you can always call a smaller catering company home. Or, you could ask your local sweet shop to cater delicious street food like golgappas, samosas, dosas and other such universal favourites. Of course, get some dishes made at home too – you’ll end up saving some money just by doing that. Drinks, both alcohol and non-alcohol, can cost you quite a bit depending on the number of ‘drinkers’ at the functions. We suggest that you limit the choice of alcoholic drinks to just two or three – the lesser the choice, the lesser the cost for you. Don’t forget about the basics like sodas, fresh or canned juices as well as tea and coffee.

Cost of food – ₹500 x 200 = ₹1,00,000 per day, maximum

Cost of drinks – Between ₹2,00,000 to ₹4,00,000

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Tenting and decor

We’re thinking a lot of DIY floral arrangements or DIY decor. You could use candles as decor, place vases with floating candles, hang strands of flowers around the venue, stick paper flowers on the wall to make a cool backdrop, place centrepieces on every table to make the venue look filled up. You can always skip on the main tenting, especially for the home functions. If you’ve chosen an indoor venue, then you definitely won’t be needing it. Just use lots of flowers, lots of colours, lots of candles and a whole lot of light to create a really nice ambience without having to spend too much. You also need to think about the seating and the cost of setting up or renting a mandap. However, if you don’t have the time or the patience for DIY decor, you can always consider hiring a wedding decorator, but it will definitely cost you a little more.

Cost of decor – Between ₹30,000 – ₹1,00,000

Cost of mandap – Between ₹10,000 – ₹1,00,000

Cost of seating – ₹500 (one set) x 20 = ₹10,000 approximately

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Outfits, hair and makeup

Forget high-end designers if you don’t have the budget for it. Either look at affordable designers who can make an outfit under one lakh or ask your local boutique to make something for you. Otherwise, you can always pick up outfits from wedding wear and bridal wear shops. As for hair and makeup, do your research online and find a good but inexpensive makeup artist. He or she will usually be accompanied by a hairstylist and draping artists so that will work in your favour.

Cost of outfit – Between ₹50,000 to ₹1,00,000 per outfit

Cost of hair and makeup – Between ₹10,00 to ₹35,000

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Bridal jewellery

Getting a whole new set made can work out a little too expensive. Instead of spending so much money on just that one set, why not just get a nice pair of small earrings made and you can wear an old family necklace. Or, just choose an outfit which doesn’t require any necklace. You can do that for one function. For the other, the best option is to just wear your mom or grandmom’s wedding set – let it be your something borrowed! You can also opt for floral jewellery for the mehendi – looks really pretty and costs nothing!

Cost of jewellery – Between ₹5000 to ₹1,00,000

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Hire an upcoming DJ because they usually don’t charge too much. For the home functions, you can always just connect your phone to speakers, for the sangeet you could hire a DJ and for the wedding you could just have background music playing from some speakers. The best of all worlds!

Cost of DJ and sound equipment – Between ₹12,000 – ₹50,000

Photography and videography

Some photography companies will charge you in thousands while others can charge in lakhs. So, you need to do your research before selecting just one. Find out what services they provide within that amount – it should include photography, videography, one wedding video, an album if you want one and a hard drive with all the pictures and videos from the wedding. And of course, ask your friends to use the wedding hashtag on Instagram so you can easily find pictures from the day online.

Cost of photography and videography – ₹50,000 onwards per day

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Other expenses

Don’t forget about hidden expenses – that’s what a wedding is all about. The money you have to put in shagan envelopes, the cost of tipping the staff, hiring valet, paying the mehendi artists, the cost of bridal accessories and anything else that might suddenly pop up.

Cost of hidden expenses – ₹50,000

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