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Due to the economy and our financial crunch, we have recruited family and friends to help with different aspects of the wedding like decor, DJ, catering, videography/photography, etc.
Vanessa S.
Hello... My biggest cost-cutting tip would be to find one location that can be beautiful and functional for both the ceremony and reception site. In addition, to the site fees themselves which can be costly, this tip cuts down on travel cost between venues and decorating costs. We have managed to find such a place and are so excited for our upcoming BIG day! Best Wishes, Sherry and Mike
Sherry T.
I have a small budget for the wedding, so I am making my own dress with my mom. I am using the petals from all the flowers my fiance has given me for the petals to be thrown, and we are making the invitations and the favors. We are also getting a simple three tiered cake at a grocery store and decorating it ourselves.
Jillian D.
Check with family members and friends to see what they have. My future sister-in-law had a bunch of friends who got married last summer. They all pooled their centerpieces together and lend them out to others. By using pieces of their centerpieces, I am doing all of mine for free!
Marcia B.
Many pocketbooks are tight right now. Go for simple but nice and continue to be thankful for what we do have.
Elizabeth B.
Let your fiance be in charge of securing a wedding and reception places, and other things you know he can do. This will take some of the stress off of you, and makes him feel like it is his wedding too!
Krys P.
I believe that the best tip is organization. Everything should be organized in a binder with a check list of everything that needs to be done in the appropriate amount of time. I also think that it's important to clip everything that you see in magazines as inspiration and put that in your binder too. Also, make notes of everything that comes to mind and add it to the binder so you don't forget.
Jennifer S.
Don't stress about all the small details of the wedding, even if EVERY little thing doesn't go right! Try to remember that although this is an important day, it is only one day! The big picture is knowing that no matter what, that person is there for you... forever!
Lori D.
To save money on expensive flowers, have an edible center piece that doubles as your favors. Purchase candy coated chocolate in your wedding colors and place in a glass bowl with empty favor containers around it. Scoop the candies with a small scoop.
Michele G.
My best tip to cutting cost is to go somewhere and tell them that is the budget I have. No questions. I did that with my flowers and she discounted me 20% just so she can work within my budget. I also had a photographer call me after I saw him and say that they will give me that price after he said no. They are in a recession too!!!!
Effie L.
Everything doesn't have to be traditional. Use feathers instead of flowers for centerpieces and bouquets. They're much cheaper and they last forever!
Colleen A.
Allow your bridesmaids to choose their own hairstyles instead of forcing them to match. They will feel more comfortable throughout the day, and thank you for it later!
Robyn H.
When trying on dresses, make sure that all your Bridesmaids go together. This way you can get the full visual effect of how things will look on your wedding day.It brings a great introduction as a group and breaks the ice for future planning. Takes pictures with a digital camera so that you have something to refer back to when making a decision.
Lee M
Find an all inclusive venue so that the cost of services will not exceed budget
Shavonne J.
Keep things seasonal! By using flowers and foods that are in season you can keep costs down. Not only is it budget friendly it also offers a great theme for you to build from.
Jaclyn H.
Definitley make a budget and stick to it. Look at different wedding websites and make a budget that will FIT your wedding. Try DIY websites, see what you or your bridal party can do yourselves. But 1st and foremost...DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!!!
Tara B
Instead of purchasing ready-made invitations for $200 or so, buy an invitation making kit from Michaels and save.
clare b.
Weddings are definitely expensive these days and being on a budget can be difficult. My tip is to go elegant but cheap. I have decided to have friends and family help me by making the cake, making my own flowers and decorations. I have also come up with an idea of having my soon to be mother-in-law and other family members help make the food and have the reception at the church instead of the hall to save on the cost of catering the food.
Kathy J.
If you don't think your budget will allow for fresh flowers, you're wrong. Just limit the amount of flowers to yourself and the wedding party, and use silk for the rest!
Jessica B.
Remember to consider your bridesmaids' budgets. These are the most important women in your life - make sure they stay that way.
Alfred Angelo