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I think the best way to save money is to plan ahead. First, you will need to come up with a budget. Then, research different resources for reasonable prices that fit your needs and wants.
Kimberly H.
Instead of favors, make a donation to a favorite charity. Charitable organizations are in the economy too, so why not donate in honor of your wedding guests!
Deanna T.
Wedding websites are the BEST! They now can help out with registry, you can post up pictures, you can offer online RSVPs as well as share stories and have a calender of events. There are so many things you can do with a wedding website as well as the traditional things (or instead of) and its so easy! My friend has one and I loved being able to RSVP and see engagement photos as well as suggest songs to dance to. It is a great cute site catered just to them and I plan on using one as well!
Natasha M.
Pick up a few events working for a catering company. Not only will you be making extra money for the wedding, but you will often find great ideas for decorating or food choices. I was given a box of votive candles that the florist was just going to throw out. So, sometimes you can find a steal too!!!
April M.
Watch your eye makeup. You may want to arm one of your bridesmaids with an emergency makeup bag complete with travel mirror. This will be perfect for quick touch ups.
Alfred Angelo
To save money on buying all the disposible cameras for the tables at the reception, make a photo booth. Have a backdrop of your choice, whether a solid color or something creative. Position a digital camera on a tripod or stand about two feet away from the backdrop. You can buy a remote for the camera and now your guests can have fun taking pictures of themselves! And all the pictures will be at hand on the memory card!
Amanda S.
1st: Go to as many bridal shows as possible! The more you go to the more chance you have at winning stuff like a DJ or honeymoon! 2nd: Do small DIY projects. I'm designing my own invites and having them printed online for probably half the price!
Carla G
Talk to others that are getting married and see if you can share costs. My cousin is getting married and I am using the same vases she is for the centerpieces. Check and see if there is a wedding the day before - you might be able to use some of the same decorations/flowers. Also, if you have the ceremony and the reception at the same location there is no need for limos.
Nicole B.
When you get an idea about something that you would like for your wedding, do your research. Find out how much it would be to rent the item, make it yourself, or to buy it. Also research how much time it will take you to make it yourself, because that in itself could make it less beneficial than saving the money. Do this with everything and you are guaranteed to save some money.
Tiffany R.
If you have a friend (or a friend of a friend) who is into photography, take a look at their work. Often amateur photographers take great pictures and cost much less to hire. Not to mention that if the photographer is someone you already know well, your photo shoot will be a blast!!
Christina W.
Negotiate! Don't be afraid to tell a vendor that you can't afford the packages they offer--they will often specially create a package for your budget, especially in light of today's financial climate.
Jessica B.
A dusting of baby powder on your finger before the ceremony will ensure that your ring slides on smoothly.
Holly S.
Make your wedding shoes do double duty! Don't get a pair of regular white shoes, get a pair in a fun color that goes with your wedding colors. You probably can't wear that dress again but the shoes you sure can! Wear them each year on your anniversary to keep a little piece of the wedding with you each year. So make your sure buy a comfy pair of kicks!
Angela G.
For wedding flowers.... 1. Find out what other brides are having weddings/receptions in the same space as your on the same day. Work with these brides to choose flower arrangements that suit everyone's event, and then pool your money to buy flowers that can be used for each event during the day. Saves money for everyone, and is kinder to the environment (fewer flowers cut). 2. For bridal bouquets.... If you have enough time, you can grow your own flowers for bridal bouquets. Find out what flowers will be in bloom (in your growing area) at the time your wedding is planned, and plant your flower garden accordingly. If you don't have enough space to grow all these flowers, recruit family members and bridesmaids to help.
Jennifer W.
Get someone you know to do your cake. Also you can buy simple dresses for bridesmaids or yourself and have your grandmother put on beading to jazz it up.
Haylie S.
To cut costs on your venue you can remove the champagne toast and just let everyone toast with what they are drinking. I took $180 off of my venue price from removing that alone.
Lisa B.
Don't let others make your decisions for you. Make sure your day is everything you envisioned it to be and more.
Tracey R.
Reuse flowers from the ceremony for the reception and centerpieces. In addition, reuse the bridesmaid's bouquet for reception/check-in tables and the bride's bouquet for the tossing bouquet to pass on the "good luck!"
Chau N.
Everyone is willing to cut their costs if asked. For example, save the date magnets. I called the company and asked if they had any specials and they were willing to give me a substantial discount if I purchased from them. This goes for church rentals, hall rentals and even flowers.
Danyelle H.
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.