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Keep it simple but elegant. Look on clearance aisles for wedding stuff that goes on sale and start buying a little along the way. If you start early, you can keep an eye out for good deals!
Anna D
The best favors are the edible ones. It's economic and a sure win with the guests.
Kristhina V.
When planning with your florist, ask if they have the 'Convertible" floral stands. They can use the 5' stands for the aisle arrangements at church, and convert to the 1' or 2' stands for the centerpieces at the reception, using the same arrangements atop each stand. This cuts your flower cost by a huge amount.
Maureen S.
Get a seperate checking account for all wedding related funds. This way, when it comes time to pay it will be seperate from your personal money. It's a much better way than paying with cash or having several ways to pay for things!!
Mallory V.
Almost everyone knows someone with a flower garden. Check out using their flowers for your arrangements. Most people would consider it a honor for you to ask if you could use them.
Angela B.
Design your own flower arrangements and use flowers that are from your region and in season. It's a nice way to put your own artistic touch to your wedding and it's the 'green' way to go!
Marwa B.
Instead of booking hotels, resorts, or even reception halls, try looking in your local city websites for their rental facilities. I found an awesome Cultural Arts Center that is GORGEOUS for $50 an hour and $50 deposit! Also, research centerpieces online and shop at wholesale decor stores to create the same expensive things seen on TV shows or in magazines. Orientaltrading.com has great guest favors and even invitations on the cheap. Order their wedding catalog and they send you a whole catalog with invitations and other goodies to let guests know of your big day.
Jeannie A.
Cupcakes! I saved a bundle, not just on the cake itself, but on cake-cutting fees by chosing cupcakes over a traditional cake. Gone are the days when the bridesmaids "feel honored" to serve cake, and the catering crew will likely charge you $1 or more per guest to cut and plate your cake! So I decided to go with cupcakes. There are so many benefits! Your guests get a more generous serving of cake, you can order several flavors of cupcakes, no one is stuck cutting and plating cakes, and the cost of the cake is actually a little less (depending on your bakery.) Give it a try Cupcake, you won't regret it!
Shannon M.
Schedule your wedding for Friday instead of Saturday. Everything from the caterer to the DJ to the venue will be cheaper.
Rayah M.
If you have people (family, friends, etc.) who can help you out by making things such as your wedding cake, take them up on it!
Heather H.
There are so many cost saving tips that I am using for my wedding it is hard to pick just one! I would have to say that my biggest cost saving tip is in two parts. One, I chose to have an appetizer reception starting at 7:30pm to allow guests to have the option to get dinner or something light before the reception started. Appetizer receptions can still be expensinve if you are hiring a caterer, look on the internet and ask around friends. During these economic times, there are some fine dining chefs who will do catering work on the side to supplement their income, and at a significant discount. On a popular online classified site I was able to find a chef available for our wedding date, explained to him that my budget for the wedding was only $3,500 and how much I wanted my day to be special. He then was able to offer to buy the food at his restaurant cost (including large sheet cakes to cut in the back at 4 of them for $25!) My contract total is currently $800 for 8 differe
KaCee B.
Use a different centerpiece for each table. A lot of brides feel that all of their centerpieces have to be the same, which can become costly. But if you are willing to be unique and use different centerpieces for each table, you can be creative and save money at the same time!
MICHELLE M.
Choosing a ceremony and reception site that is naturally beautiful will diminish your need for decorating extravagantly, thereby lowering costs on decorations and flowers.
Joyce P.
You can find really nice custom invitations at Party City for 30% off.
Sabrina M.
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.
Have an outdoor wedding, you will save a ton of money on flowers/decor.
Jessica L.
The BEST way to cut some wedding costs for the bride on a budget is to search for DIY projects and get the most information you can for free online instead of paying big money for a wedding planner. Make your own invitations, learn how to design your own wedding cake and make it more special with your very own style and details. Not only will you remember every detail of the wedding better, but everyone will see your style shine.
Jesenia R.
Have an evening wedding around 6:30 with a reception featuring heavy appetizers and a lavish dessert buffet. Save the money on the sit down dinner and don't worry about seating arrangements! Plus everyone enjoys the best parts of a wedding, the appetizers and desserts and dancing... and you enjoy it all on a lower price tag.
Paula T.
When planning, remember that budgeting in the initial stages will save you from paying for your wedding years later. Then, if you decide that there are certain aspects of your big day that you simply can't live without, you can allocate the funds needed to exhaust your "must haves" and go simple for the things that mean little to you.
Tessa C.
Save or cut cost by having a green eco-friendly wedding. Incorporate as many pre-used items as possible, like vintage wedding rings. Also you can have the ceremony outdoors at a local park or historical site and save on rental fees as well.
Katorra W.