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When choosing your bridesmaid dresses, try to pick different shades of the color you want for their dresses. That's another way to be unique and fun.
Mayra D.
Start planning early!!!! I started planning my wedding a year and a half before we were actually getting married. Because I did this, I knew where I wanted my wedding and I quickly booked the location. We just recently went back to go over everything again; and the cost of the location has almost tripled. I saved $2,000 on the ceremony by planning early. I always figure inflation is a given; so the sooner you get started, the cheaper it will be. Also getting everything done early helps so much, especially when you get really close to the date; if you have everything and have everything done, you don't have to stress out and run around like a chicken with your head cut off. You can sit back and enjoy the fun things like your dress fittings!!
Jacqueline T.
Consider the neckline and back of your dress when selecting a hair style. Be sure to bring a photo of your dress when consulting with your hair stylist.
Amie W.
Keep it simple and don't worry about what everyone else thinks.
Amy K.
Since my wedding is out of town, we will make all flowers at a flower party by purchasing silk flowers and florist tape and making the mens boutonnieres, mothers corsages and any center pieces. We will only purchase the brides bouquet and the bridesmaids flower to carry. I also will use Gerber daisies to cut back on cost of more expensive flowers. I also found a local person who makes these at home with less overhead cost in the same town as the wedding.
Caroline H.
Want to save some money on a DJ? Find a karaoke bar that is willing to let you use their equipment. Then, have your friends each perform songs that remind them of you and your new spouse. It's fun, interactive and different. And it'll save you a lot of money. Best of all, the equipment can play CDs, so you can have someone make the perfect CD to accompany your reception and save a lot of money.
Beth N.
Have someone who scrapbooks make you a book with pictures of you and your fiancee and have your guests sign around the pictures. It will be a special keepsake reminder of your guests.
Jennifer T
A great and inexpensive idea for wedding favors...make your own soap. Buy some melt & pour soap, pick a mold and add whatever dye and coloring you want. So simple, about $40 can make soap favors for up to 100 people! (depending on the size)
Toran M.
I think one of the best places to cut out wedding costs is in the paper goods. I am making my own wedding menus, favor wrappers, and programs. One ream of card-stock is only about $15 and it goes a long way! Professional printing is awfully expensive for something that will likely end up tossed by the wayside when the wedding is over.
Tina D.
Don't be afraid of being creative. Who says you need to have huge flower centerpieces on all the guest tables. Find something unusual that either matches your theme or the time of year. For example, fill the bottom of a glass container with white sand and shells with a pillar candle matching the wedding's colors for a summer wedding. Mood lighting and a centerpiece all in one. And much cheaper than the usual.
Jaclyn H.
Potted flowers (like the ones from a Greenhouse) make excellent centerpieces. Talk to a greenhouse about borrowing some or renting them for the evening. It will save you so much money and you are not stuck with leftover flowers that you will not use or that will die quickly.
Shauna A.
Don't have the cash but want Save-the-Dates? Design them yourself in Publisher or Quark. Want magnets, buy DIY ones at office supply stores and stick'em on.
Ashley N.
Instead of sending out the traditional paper invitations, send out an evite to all of your family and friends. This saves SO much money on printing costs, postage, return postage, etc. On evite.com, family and friends can rsvp and leave comments for the engaged couple as well!
Jenna U.
In this current time period, most couples are already living together before their wedding. Most of the time, they register for stuff that they already own or up-grade on stuff they already have. Instead of registering for house hold things I already have, like pots and pans, I registered online for my honeymoon. You may also have someone sponsor your wedding. Now thats how you save money!!!
jenny f.
Make sure you make plenty of appointments with different places before you decide on your wedding location because you never know if you'll end up loving the place that has the best deal. Same goes for the photographer and videographer; try to bundle services in a package to save you some money.
Frances M.
Have the wedding in a public area to cut down on cost of private facilities.
Kimberly S.
My tip would be to do as much of the decorations yourself. For our centerpieces we found old cut glass flutes, punch glasses and other containers at garage sales and thrift stores. We poured wax into them to create beautiful candles. Since our wedding is in January, were putting evergreen on the tables with the candles spread around the evergreen. This has been very cost effective for us, especially getting the glasses for less than 50 cents apiece!
Mallory S.
Instead of renting an expensive reception hall, we are using an outbuilding where I work. A few dollars spent on decorations and you’ll not be able to tell where you are! There’s plenty of parking for the guests. This represents significant savings!
Wendy J.
Enlist your family and friends to assist you at your wedding! What a great way to catch up and connect by planning for the BIG day. Recycle any house-wares you have around the house in creative ways.
Sandra T.
I'm doing my own planning. I have cut out a coordinator completely from all the preliminary work and will just be using one for the day of to help with set up and organization. This saves anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars and allows my wedding to reflect the things that i like and are truly important to me and my fiance.
Enid A.