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Money Saving Tip for Flowers: Search for a local flower wholesaler, and ask if they would be willing to sell you the flowers for your wedding. You can hand pick your flowers and have a crafty friend put your centerpieces together. You can find instructions for flower arrangements on wedding websites; print them out, with pictures, and provide to your friends, so they can create the arrangements you want.
Whitney L.
Create simple and inexpensive wedding decorations and favors. Some easy DIY ideas: Rock candy colored to match your scheme - especially if there are going to be lots of children. Organza flowers - It only takes a few yards of organza, and you can have tables-worth of decorations. Also, have your wedding on a weekday in the off-season. This will cut down venue costs significantly, and it might even help weed out some of those guests you invited out of obligation, which means less to spend on food and favors for them. It sounds a little selfish, but we are in a recession and having the wedding of your dreams is not worth the debt. Last, do the work yourself. Make your own favors, ask family members to help cater the food, decorate the venue yourself. Enlist your family and friends. They'll be happy to help you out!
Amber M.
Making your own favors with baby food jars can be easy and they can be turned into candles, water globes and flower pot.
Crystal S.
Make your own scrapbook of photos rather than buy the full photo album the photographer offers. Most will allow you to purchase the CD to have access to the photos and include some of your own.
Nancy S.
Have your wedding on another day aside from Friday and Saturday...this will save you big. If you send out the "save a dates" with anticipation, your guest should not have difficulties making arrangements to attend your wedding regardless of the day you have it on.
Jessica T.
Take your flowers with you when looking for your dress or your bridesmaids dresses. This will help you determine if everything will look good together and may help you decide to cut back on flowers or change the flowers that you have chosen.
Melodie G.
Check out websites such as Craig's List for vendors. Oftentimes, you will find companies just starting out who will offer amazing deals.
Sara T.
Don't do fondant on your cake. Although the look is very attractive, it's also very costly. No one eats it anyways and a good cake decorator can make a buttercream frosting look just as elegant. It will save a few hundred.
Xochitl V.
To save money on invitations, buy your own paper (do-it-yourself kit) from your local craft store and find a custom printing company in your hometown. Many local printers are willing to help and offer tips and this will save you $300 or $400. If you like ribbons, buy a roll of your choice from an arts store, and use a heated metal scissor to cut them. This will help you avoid the fraying ends.
Michelle M.
Buy a beautifully decorated small cake for the traditional cake cutting, but serve your guests from a sheet cake hidden in the kitchen. They will never know the difference and you can save up to $4 per slice!!!
Sara D.
Always remain calm under pressure. Remember this is you and your groom's day. Don't sweat the small things. Nothing is ever perfect so don't expect it to be perfect now. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy it!!
Nichelle D.
Michael's craft store has tons of cute "do it yourself" things like invitations, tulle, cake toppers, guest books, guest favors and so much more. They also have 40% one item coupons every week in the paper. I have all my friends cut them out and give them to me so I can get all the little things I need! I have saved so much this way!
Kylin C.
As a mother of 4 children and planning a wedding on little money, i shop thrift stores for great deals of wedding items. i spent a total of $75 for all my centerpieces and only $1 for all my table placecards!! It pays to look for the bargains!
ocean l.
Find out what unique talents your friends and family have. I am using family for everything and saving thousands of dollars.
Monique C.
You can cut some of the cost for wedding photgraphy by having a professional photographer for only about 2-3 hours to cover the ceremory, take some pictures at the reception venue and the reception. This can be easily done if you move all the important moments such as the first dance, the cutting of the cake and the throwing of the bouquet to the first hour and a half of the reception. You can ask your friends to take picture for the remaining part of the wedding. That is what my fiance and I are doing and we are going to save a lot, but we will still have plenty of professional pictures from our wedding.
Daniela B.
Many pocketbooks are tight right now. Go for simple but nice and continue to be thankful for what we do have.
Elizabeth B.
Your bridesmaids don't all have to have the same exact color. You could have a rainbow wedding!
Denise D.
Buy flowers in bulk from a wholesaler. Get family and friends to help you make the bouquets and boutonnieres. You can even make those cute flower balls. The internet definitely has great do-it-yourself ideas.
Ashley N.
Do-it-yourself projects. Like invitations, keepsakes, programs, etc.
Keata M.
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.