Planning a wedding can get costly very quickly, even when only considering the basics. With the dream of staging the perfect celebration, many couples splash out on a wedding that they cannot afford and find themselves starting their new life with a pile of debt on top of regular expenses such as the mortgage, utilities and car insurance. Indeed, in an article, Five Money Mistakes to Avoid, it is revealed that overspending on a wedding is one of the traps that could influence newlyweds’ financial wellbeing.

If you’re trying to cut down on your budget, using technology to organise the big day may seem counterintuitive because technology has a reputation for being pricey. However, couples are increasingly looking toward technology to ease the squeeze on their wallet and their bank account when tying the knot.

Online Invitations

Go paperless and save yourself the trip to the post office by designing your invites online. There are dozens of websites, for example, Evite or Canva, that host beautiful templates or let you design a digital card from scratch. Once the invitation is ready, you can download it, send it via email, or share it to Twitter and Facebook. Some of the invitation websites, like Pingg, even let you track RSVPs.

DIY Wedding DJ

Not only does being your own wedding DJ save you hundreds of rands, you have more control over the playlist and the atmosphere of the reception. Spotify and iTunes have an unlimited library of songs you can compile a playlist from. To take things up a notch, you can download an app like djay 2 from iTunes or Google Play. The app pulls music from Spotify and your device and enables you to spin live record mixes on-the-go, or even activate an ‘Automix mode’ which produces seamless mixes for you automatically.

Livestream Your Wedding

Limit the guest list to close friends and family to reduce the cost of the food and the venue, and livestream the ceremony and reception to include others in your event. Use Facebook Live to broadcast the event in realtime to your friends or download free video streamers from YouNow or Stream.

Crowdsource Your Photos

Rather than hiring a professional photographer, encourage your guests to capture the day; they will no doubt take beautiful pictures that tell the story of your wedding from start to finish. Hand out selfie-sticks to guests to let them capture fun moments together. Create a hashtag for the wedding so that guests can share the photos on social media, or set up a photo-sharing site where they can upload.

Shop Around For Suppliers

Make sure you get the best possible rates when contracting suppliers (catering, flowers, venue, etc). Never settle for the first quote you receive. Request price lists from different suppliers and compare their rates to get the cheapest option available. When on a potential supplier’s website, sign up for their mailing list and like their social media pages to keep tabs on any discounts and deals they might advertise.

Getting married is one of life’s priceless moments, something that ought not to be burdened by the pressure of wedding expenses and the financial implications thereof. Make sure you’ll be able to cherish the memory by staying within the boundaries of your budget. With all the new technology we have access to nowadays, it’s easy to plan a stylish and memorable event on a spending limit.