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In lieu of giving wedding favors at the reception, we decided to make a donation to a foundation that was established by one of our guests (in honor of her daughter). A note will be added on the back of the seating cards to acknowledge this.
Sharon C.
Shorten the guest list...if you or your fiance haven't seen whomever in more than 2 years, cross them off the list.
Patricia R.
Setup tables at the reception with more people at each to save on centerpieces.
Julia G.
The biggest thing I have is to shop around. Whether it's for your DJ, Invitations, Flowers etc. Everyone is hurting right now and there is always room to bargain. Talk to friends, family, and even co-workers to find out if they have anyone in their family that DJ's, is a calligrapher, or a florist. That alone can save you a bundle. When I saw that the cost of flowers would be more than what I make in an entire month, I knew I had to do something. I looked around and found an amazing deal where instead of paying $12 a stem, I am now paying less than $1 a stem and it is saving me A LOT of money.
Teresa D.
Do it yourself programs and favors!! I have saved so much this way and it was a lot of fun!
Leslie C.
Instead of hiring a top of the line florist try Albertson's or your local grocery store. I am getting the same quality flowers and arrangements for more than half the price of a florist. Instead of my bridesmaid bouquets costing me $50 each they are only costing me $15 for the same exact bouquet. My total savings on flowers, arrangements, and centerpieces is over $600. My original estimate at a local florist was $900 and I am now only paying $300. While you are there looking at flowers, check out the bakery as well because I am getting my wedding cake for $200 compared to the estimate of $800 I was given at the local top dollar bakery.
Brittany C.
Do your own flowers. Go to your local grocery store or floral shop and purchase the big bouquets of the flowers you like. Break them down into smaller bouquets for your bridesmaids. You can learn how to make and arrange boutonnières, corsages, and your bridal bouquet from the internet
Kayla G.
When choosing bridesmaid dress either go with one color or one style of dress, but let your girls pick their hair, make-up ir jewelry. It will let them feel beatiful and they will be happy to go out of their way even more to make your big day special. Don't worry you'll still be the center of attention.
Kayla F.
If you are having a formal big wedding and want to save money try to get a banquet hall during the off season time Nov-March. Most reception facilities offer deals during that time. You could make the open bar to cash bar and save money off per person sometimes as much as 28 dollars per person. Your guests are not going to drink that much alcohol if they are driving. Remember you also have a champagne toast included in your package. Go through the whole package and see what other charges you could take off that you don't need. Then go back with your list and talk to the person in charge and make a package deal.
Janine S.
Consider having just one flower for your bridal bouquet--it could be a simple, romantic statement (a red rose, or your favorite flower).
Molly B
Centerpieces for reception tables can all be different. Find beautiful antique glass vases or unique decorative pieces to hold candles or flowers at a an antique store or even a yard sale! Each centerpiece can be gifted to your guests and each one is a reflection of the personality of your relationship!
Jessica M.
Showcase your favorite spots! My fiance and I moved to the West Coast after graduation, leaving most of our family in PA and CT. We plan to have postcards at each table with our favorite locations and attractions from our new home in Portland, OR.
Megan G.
Discuss your wedding plans with friends and family. You never know who might be able to volunteer their time and/or services to help cut back on costs. I learned a coworker of mine does photography as a hobby and part-time career. A friend of mine will be doing the music at the ceremony and our cheesecake wedding cake. My grandmother is doing my flower arrangements! This has cut back on costs tremendously!
Stefanie C.
I think making your wedding invitations will help you save money and also making your own party favors. You can also save by registering at different websites and getting discounts or coupons. Every little bit counts!
Martha R.
If you want professional photos but need to save money, think of having a talented friend or family member do either the reception or ceremony, and hire a professional photographer for only a few hours.
Molly B
Flowers take up a lot of the funds for a wedding. Try using an inexpensive centerpiece (ex: pebbles in a short vase) and accent with a single flower over water. Cutting cost yet maintaining atmosphere is key to an inexpensive wedding.
Brooke T.
Relax, enjoy planning your wedding. Don't let planning your special day turn into chaos. Do it the way you want, not the way others want.
gail d.
Make lists for all your attendants so they know exactly what you need them to do to get ready for the wedding. It's much easier to make sure things are done when they can check it off as its accomplished! DO NOT expect your maid of honor to do all of it! Print the lists on bright paper so its easily found in their purse. have a master list at home and know who's doing what, so when they update you, you'll know what's not getting done and you can take care of it yourself or redistribute. Makes for a much saner day!
DArcy W.
To save money on my wedding ceremony I am planning on getting married in an indoor garden. This way I don't have to buy flowers or decorate the space for the ceremony. Also since it is an indoor garden I won't have to worry about stormy weather.
Cassandra P.
If you want to save money on your wedding look into getting married at a garden! This will cut down on the cost of décor, and give a good place to get your pictures done!!!
Miranda D