Christine is sharing ways to save money on your wedding.
I planned my wedding on a $1,000 budget. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that this is a pretty small budget for one. This luckily did not include food as my mom paid for that part, but it did include everything else. This was honestly my first real “go” at being as frugal as possible for anything big. I have always been a thrift shopper and enjoyed a good bargain, but I admit, I was intimidated by the small budget, especially after I looked at my guest list and realized that I had about 100 names on it. Let's look at some ways you can save on your wedding!
Top 10 Ways to Save Money on your Wedding
For invitations, The Best Wedding Blog Ever suggests buying your paper from office supply stores rather than printers to save money. They also suggest doing them yourself rather than hiring a print shop. I found this to save myself a lot when I was doing my own wedding as well.
For decorations, Off-Beat Bride suggests checking out your local dollar store. This is a great idea because you can often get simple things that go with almost any wedding such as candle holders, white candles and doilies. You can take a simple glass candle holder and make it match your wedding colors with some simple ribbon.
Food is often a huge part of any wedding budget. My Online Wedding Help suggests doing the sides yourself and catering the main entree to save money. This seems like a great idea as you have more control over the budget when you are buying things and making them yourself.
Every bride wants to look flawless on their wedding day. Beauty High suggests scheduling a makeover consultation at a local department store a month before your wedding to create a look and then re-creating it on your big day. Brilliant!
Who doesn't dream of beautiful wedding photos to treasure for years to come? Queen Bee Coupons suggests searching places like Craigslist for a newbie photographer that may just be looking to build their portfolio and are doing photography at a low rate. What a great suggestion!
Save money on your wedding dress by getting a used one. I did this for my own wedding and it worked out wonderfully. Check out some tips for what to look for in a used wedding dress right here.
If you are doing a destination wedding, you know that it can get quite expensive. Destination Wedding Details says booking early is the key. This is especially true if you are going to hold your big day during a peak travel time.
Where will you have your budget wedding? Save Up suggests having it in a place “outside the box”. This means not holding it at some traditional venue such as a church or a reception hall. Think a public park or as I did it, a relatives back yard. This made the venue practically free!
What's a wedding dress without a beautiful bouquet to go with it? If you go with local, seasonal flowers you can save a lot of money says Viktorix. They also suggest shopping around for a good deal as well.
One final tip for the groom. Belles on a Budget has a great idea to save on tuxes: don't do it. Instead, do a suit. You can get them discounted at a lower price than a tux rental is in most cases and they can be used for other occasions more easily as well.
What are some suggestions you have for couples planning their wedding on a budget? I would love to know your personal tips!